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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: League of Conservation Voters

1998 Positions

Issues: Environment
State Office District Name Party Rating
Dale Bumpers 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Joseph Kennedy II 100%
Bob Kerrey 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
Joe Lieberman 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Christopher Shays 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Rob Andrews 97%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 97%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 97%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 97%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 97%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 97%
Patrick Kennedy 97%
Tom Lantos 97%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 97%
Martin Meehan 97%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 97%
John Olver 97%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 97%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 97%
Thomas Allen 93%
Rod Blagojevich 93%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 93%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
Lane Evans 93%
Bob Filner 93%
Sam Gejdenson 93%
Daniel Graham 93%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 93%
Darlene Hooley 93%
Gerald Kleczka 93%
Herb Kohl 93%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
Constance Morella 93%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 93%
Major Owens 93%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 93%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 93%
Robert Torricelli 93%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
William Coyne 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
Bill Delahunt 90%
Julian Dixon 90%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
Barney Frank 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 90%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 90%
Martin Olav Sabo 90%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
Ellen Tauscher 90%
Ed Towns 90%
Bruce Vento 90%
Robert Wexler 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 87%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 87%
John Glenn 87%
Carol Moseley Braun 87%
Patrick Moynihan 87%
Charles Robb 87%
Gary Ackerman 86%
Howard Berman 86%
Elizabeth Furse 86%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 86%
Nancy Johnson 86%
Dennis Kucinich 86%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 86%
William Luther 86%
Robert Matsui 86%
Karen McCarthy 86%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 86%
Steve Rothman 86%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 86%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 86%
Pete Stark 86%
Esteban Edward Torres 86%
David Edward Bonior 83%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 83%
Julia Carson 83%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 83%
Peter Deutsch 83%
Robert Franks 83%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 83%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 83%
Sue Kelly 83%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 83%
Nicholas Lampson 83%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 83%
James Maloney 83%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 83%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 83%
Paul McHale 83%
Michael McNulty 83%
John Moakley 83%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 83%
Dave Obey 83%
Donald Payne 83%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 83%
James Ramstad 83%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 83%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 83%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 83%
Mel Watt 83%
Sidney Yates 83%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 80%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 80%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 80%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 80%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 79%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 79%
George Brown, Jr. 79%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 79%
Eva Clayton 79%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 79%
Michael Patrick Forbes 79%
John LaFalce 79%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 79%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 79%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 79%
Vic Snyder 79%
Louis Stokes 79%
Albert Wynn 79%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 76%
Robert Borski, Jr. 76%
Mike Castle 76%
James Davis 76%
Benjamin Gilman 76%
Paul Kanjorski 76%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 76%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 76%
James Leach 76%
Carrie Meek 76%
David Skaggs 76%
John Spratt, Jr. 76%
Ted Strickland 76%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 76%
Richard Bryan 73%
Thomas Daschle 73%
Ernest Hollings 73%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 72%
Sherwood Boehlert 72%
James Greenwood 72%
Jay Johnson 72%
Rick Lazio 72%
Thomas Manton 72%
John Edward Porter 72%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 72%
Marge Roukema 72%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 72%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 72%
Bob Weygand 72%
Rick Boucher 69%
Jerry Costello 69%
Norm Dicks 69%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 69%
Dale Kildee 69%
Scott Klug 69%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 69%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 69%
Jeff Bingaman 67%
Wendell Ford 67%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 67%
Brian Bilbray 66%
Robert Clement 66%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 66%
Bob Etheridge 66%

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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