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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: NARAL Pro-Choice America

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
Max Baucus 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 100%
Rick Boucher 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Bill Bradley 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
John Bryant 100%
Dale Bumpers 100%
Robert Byrd 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
John Chafee 100%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
William Cohen 100%
Ronald Coleman 100%
Barbara-Rose Collins 100%
Cardiss Collins 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
William Coyne 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Thomas Daschle 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Ronald Dellums 100%
Peter Deutsch 100%
Norm Dicks 100%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Calvin Dooley 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Lane Evans 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Victor Fazio 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Cleo Fields 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 100%
Elizabeth Furse 100%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
Benjamin Gilman 100%
John Glenn 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
James Greenwood 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
Jane Harman 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Ernest Hollings 100%
Stephen Horn 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
Nancy Johnson 100%
Harry Johnston 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Joseph Kennedy II 100%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 100%
Bob Kerrey 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Herb Kohl 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
Joe Lieberman 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
William Luther 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Robert Matsui 100%
Karen McCarthy 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
Carrie Meek 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 100%
Constance Morella 100%
Carol Moseley Braun 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
Major Owens 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
Donald Payne 100%
Clay Pell 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
Pete Peterson 100%
Owen Pickett 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 100%
Charles Robb 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 100%
Pat Schroeder 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
Christopher Shays 100%
Paul Simon 100%
David Skaggs 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Louis Stokes 100%
Gerry Studds 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
Karen Thurman 100%
Esteban Edward Torres 100%
Robert Torricelli 100%
Ed Towns 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
Bruce Vento 100%
Michael Ward 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Mel Watt 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Pat Williams 100%
Charles Wilson 100%
Bob Wise, Jr. 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
Sidney Yates 100%
Richard Zimmer 99%
Sam Gibbons 95%
Peter Torkildsen 94%
Gary Franks 93%
Richard Bryan 91%
Daniel Graham 91%
Jan Meyers 91%
Olympia Snowe 91%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 90%
Thomas Campbell 90%
Chet Edwards 90%
Henry Gonzalez 90%
Sue Kelly 90%
Bill Richardson 90%
Albert Wynn 90%
Jonas Frost III 80%
James Kolbe 80%
Blanche Lincoln 80%
Lewis Payne, Jr. 80%
David Pryor 80%
Nancy Landon Kassebaum 79%
Alan Simpson 79%
James Merrill Jeffords 77%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 75%
Floyd Flake 75%
Thomas Foglietta 75%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 75%
William Jefferson 75%
Patrick Kennedy 75%
Dave Obey 75%
Charles Rose III 75%
John Spratt, Jr. 75%
Sam Nunn 74%
Bill Martini 73%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 72%
Steven Gunderson 68%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 66%
Patrick Moynihan 66%
Arlen Specter 66%
Gary Condit 65%
Robert Cramer 65%

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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