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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

1998 Positions

Issues: Liberal , Social , Social , Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 87%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 33%
Gary Ackerman 73%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 53%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 71%
Wayne Allard 27%
Thomas Allen 73%
Rob Andrews 80%
Bill Archer 20%
Richard Armey 27%
John Ashcroft 33%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 40%
Richard Hugh Baker 27%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 80%
Cass Ballenger 33%
James Barcia 80%
Robert Barr, Jr. 40%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 80%
Bill Barrett 27%
Roscoe Bartlett 43%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 20%
Charlie Bass 27%
Herbert Bateman 27%
Max Baucus 86%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 80%
Bob Bennett 27%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 67%
Douglas Bereuter 27%
Howard Berman 71%
Marion Berry 73%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 73%
Brian Bilbray 53%
Michael Bilirakis 40%
Jeff Bingaman 67%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 73%
Rod Blagojevich 73%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 20%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 71%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 27%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 21%
Kit Bond 13%
Henry Bonilla 40%
David Edward Bonior 87%
Mary Bono Mack 31%
Robert Borski, Jr. 80%
Leonard Boswell 60%
Rick Boucher 87%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 73%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 80%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 27%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 75%
John Breaux 73%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 13%
Richard Bryan 87%
Ed Bryant 33%
Jim Bunning 33%
Conrad Burns 13%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 23%
Dan Burton 36%
Steve Buyer 40%
Robert Byrd 73%
Herbert Callahan 33%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 33%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 33%
Ben Campbell 27%
Thomas Campbell 53%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 40%
Chris Cannon 21%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 71%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 73%
Julia Carson 87%
Mike Castle 40%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
John Chafee 47%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 29%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 53%
William Clay, Sr. 85%
Eva Clayton 87%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 73%
Robert Clement 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 73%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 43%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 36%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 13%
Michael Collins 27%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
Larry Combest 33%
Gary Condit 67%
Kent Conrad 87%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 93%
Merrill Cook 40%
John Cooksey 33%
Jerry Costello 87%
Paul Coverdell 15%
Christopher Cox 21%
William Coyne 73%
Larry Craig 20%
Robert Cramer 86%
Philip Crane 13%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 47%
Barbara Cubin 27%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 73%
Randall Cunningham 33%
Patsy Ann Danner 80%
Thomas Daschle 80%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 87%
James Davis 60%
Thomas Davis III 20%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 40%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 80%
Bill Delahunt 87%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
Thomas DeLay 20%
Peter Deutsch 67%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 20%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 40%
Jay Dickey 40%
Norm Dicks 73%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 79%
Julian Dixon 86%
Chris Dodd 73%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 79%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 8%
Calvin Dooley 73%
John Doolittle 27%
Byron Dorgan 87%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 93%
David Dreier 27%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 47%
Jennifer Dunn 27%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 80%
Chet Edwards 60%
Vern Ehlers 47%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 27%
Jo Ann Emerson 53%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
Philip English 40%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 73%
Bob Etheridge 80%
Lane Evans 93%
Terry Everett 40%
Thomas Ewing 27%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 79%
Russ Feingold 93%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 73%
Bob Filner 93%
Mark Foley 43%
Michael Patrick Forbes 79%
Harold Ford, Jr. 73%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 27%
Tillie Fowler 36%
Barney Frank 92%
Robert Franks 53%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33%
William Frist 20%
Jonas Frost III 67%
Elton Gallegly 40%
John Ganske 53%
Sam Gejdenson 80%
George Gekas 27%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 71%
Jim Gibbons 40%
Wayne Gilchrest 40%
Paul Gillmor 40%
Benjamin Gilman 40%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 53%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 20%
William Goodling 40%
Bart Gordon 79%
Slade Gorton 13%
Porter Goss 20%
Daniel Graham 67%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 53%
William Phillip Gramm 7%
Rodney Grams 13%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 27%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 80%
James Greenwood 40%
Judd Gregg 13%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 87%
Gilbert Gutknecht 40%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 60%
Tony Hall 80%
James Hansen 27%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 93%
J. Dennis Hastert 21%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 71%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 27%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 20%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 27%
Joel Hefley 33%
Jesse Helms 7%

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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