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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Humane Society Legislative Fund

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
Dale Bumpers 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
William Coyne 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Ronald Dellums 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Thomas Foglietta 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Elizabeth Furse 100%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
Judd Gregg 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
James Merrill Jeffords 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Joseph Kennedy II 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Bob Kerrey 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
William Lipinski 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Michael McNulty 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
John Moakley 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
Major Owens 100%
Donald Payne 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 100%
William Roth, Jr. 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Fred Thompson 100%
Ed Towns 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
Bruce Vento 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
Bill Bradley 90%
Harry Johnston 90%
Clay Pell 90%
Pat Schroeder 90%
Paul Simon 90%
Anthony Beilenson 85%
Barbara-Rose Collins 85%
Gerry Studds 85%
Andrew Jacobs, Jr. 80%
Cliff Stearns 80%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 75%
Gary Ackerman 75%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 75%
Max Baucus 75%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 75%
Howard Berman 75%
Michael Bilirakis 75%
Jeff Bingaman 75%
David Edward Bonior 75%
Robert Borski, Jr. 75%
Richard Bryan 75%
Robert Byrd 75%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 75%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 75%
John Chafee 75%
Eva Clayton 75%
Cardiss Collins 75%
Kent Conrad 75%
Alfonse D'Amato 75%
Thomas Daschle 75%
Peter Deutsch 75%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 75%
Julian Dixon 75%
Chris Dodd 75%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
Byron Dorgan 75%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 75%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 75%
Lane Evans 75%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 75%
Russ Feingold 75%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 75%
Cleo Fields 75%
Robert Franks 75%
John Glenn 75%
Daniel Graham 75%
Rodney Grams 75%
Tony Hall 75%
Jesse Helms 75%
Ernest Hollings 75%
Daniel Inouye 75%
William Jefferson 75%
Dale Kildee 75%
Ronald Klink 75%
Herb Kohl 75%
John LaFalce 75%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 75%
Joe Lieberman 75%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 75%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 75%
Karen McCarthy 75%
Paul McHale 75%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 75%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 75%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 75%
Constance Morella 75%
Carol Moseley Braun 75%
Patrick Moynihan 75%
Mark Neumann 75%
Don Nickles 75%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 75%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 75%
Bill Richardson 75%
Charles Robb 75%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 75%
Paul Sarbanes 75%
Christopher Shays 75%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 75%
Bob Smith 75%
Olympia Snowe 75%
Arlen Specter 75%
Gene Taylor 75%
Esteban Edward Torres 75%
Albert Wynn 75%
Sidney Yates 75%
William Cohen 70%
Jim Exon 70%
Sam Nunn 70%
Charles Rose III 70%
Richard Zimmer 70%
Thomas Campbell 66%
William Clay, Sr. 66%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 66%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 66%
Rick Santorum 66%
Louis Stokes 66%
Robert Torricelli 66%
John Bryant 65%
Sam Gibbons 65%
David Pryor 60%
Ronald Coleman 55%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 50%
Brian Bilbray 50%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 50%
Mike Castle 50%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 50%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 50%
Jerry Costello 50%
Paul Coverdell 50%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 50%
Thomas Davis III 50%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 50%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 50%
Harris Fawell 50%
Wendell Ford 50%
Jon David Fox 50%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 50%
Benjamin Gilman 50%
Porter Goss 50%
William Phillip Gramm 50%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 50%
Jane Harman 50%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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