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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Council for a Livable World

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 10%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 10%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 90%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 10%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 10%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 80%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 60%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 20%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 90%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 10%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 90%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 90%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 10%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 10%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 90%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 90%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 80%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 10%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 90%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 70%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 10%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 70%
Wayne Allard 0%
John Ashcroft 10%
Max Baucus 80%
Bob Bennett 10%
Jeff Bingaman 80%
Kit Bond 0%
John Breaux 70%
Richard Bryan 80%
Conrad Burns 0%
Robert Byrd 80%
Ben Campbell 20%
John Chafee 50%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 80%
Kent Conrad 90%
Paul Coverdell 0%
Larry Craig 10%
Thomas Daschle 70%
Chris Dodd 80%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 10%
Byron Dorgan 90%
Russ Feingold 90%
William Frist 20%
Slade Gorton 10%
Daniel Graham 70%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 0%
Judd Gregg 10%
Jesse Helms 0%
Ernest Hollings 60%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 10%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Daniel Inouye 40%
James Merrill Jeffords 70%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 90%
Bob Kerrey 90%
Herb Kohl 80%
Jon Kyl 0%
Frank Lautenberg 90%
Joe Lieberman 40%
Trent Lott, Sr. 10%
Dick Lugar 30%
Connie Mack 0%
Patrick Moynihan 90%
Frank Murkowski 10%
Don Nickles 0%
Charles Robb 70%
William Roth, Jr. 20%
Rick Santorum 10%
Paul Sarbanes 90%
Gordon Smith 10%
Bob Smith 10%
Olympia Snowe 20%
Arlen Specter 70%
Ted Stevens 30%
Craig Thomas 10%
Fred Thompson 0%
Strom Thurmond 0%
Robert Torricelli 80%
John Warner 20%
Paul Wellstone 100%

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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