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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Richard Bryan 87%
Ed Bryant 33%
Jim Bunning 33%
Conrad Burns 13%
Dan Burton 36%
Steve Buyer 40%
Robert Byrd 73%
Herbert Callahan 33%
Ben Campbell 27%
Thomas Campbell 53%
Chris Cannon 21%
Julia Carson 87%
Mike Castle 40%
John Chafee 47%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 53%
William Clay, Sr. 85%
Eva Clayton 87%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 73%
Robert Clement 80%
Michael Collins 27%
Larry Combest 33%
Gary Condit 67%
Kent Conrad 87%
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%
Barbara Cubin 27%
Randall Cunningham 33%
Patsy Ann Danner 80%
Thomas Daschle 80%
James Davis 60%
Thomas Davis III 20%
Bill Delahunt 87%
Thomas DeLay 20%
Peter Deutsch 67%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 40%
Jay Dickey 40%
Norm Dicks 73%
Julian Dixon 86%
Chris Dodd 73%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 8%
Calvin Dooley 73%
John Doolittle 27%
Byron Dorgan 87%
David Dreier 27%
Jennifer Dunn 27%
Chet Edwards 60%
Vern Ehlers 47%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 27%
Jo Ann Emerson 53%
Philip English 40%
Bob Etheridge 80%
Lane Evans 93%
Terry Everett 40%
Thomas Ewing 27%
Russ Feingold 93%
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%
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%
William Goodling 40%
Bart Gordon 79%
Slade Gorton 13%
Porter Goss 20%
Daniel Graham 67%
William Phillip Gramm 7%
Rodney Grams 13%
James Greenwood 40%
Judd Gregg 13%
Gilbert Gutknecht 40%
Tony Hall 80%
James Hansen 27%
J. Dennis Hastert 21%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 27%
Joel Hefley 33%
Jesse Helms 7%
Wally Herger, Jr. 13%
Rick Hill 40%
Van Hilleary 40%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 71%
Maurice Hinchey 80%
David Lee Hobson 27%
Pete Hoekstra 33%
Thomas Holden 73%
Ernest Hollings 67%
Darlene Hooley 67%
Stephen Horn 47%
John Nathan Hostettler 27%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 33%
Kenny Hulshof 40%
Duncan Hunter 33%
Asa Hutchinson 33%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 29%
Kay Hutchison 14%
Henry Hyde 27%
Daniel Inouye 60%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 21%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 87%
William Jefferson 75%
James Merrill Jeffords 60%
William Lewis Jenkins 40%
Christopher John 67%
Nancy Johnson 47%
Paul Kanjorski 73%
Sue Kelly 53%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 80%
Patrick Kennedy 80%
Bob Kerrey 73%
Dale Kildee 80%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 73%
Gerald Kleczka 80%
Ronald Klink 80%
Joseph Knollenberg 27%
Herb Kohl 80%
James Kolbe 20%
Dennis Kucinich 93%
Jon Kyl 14%
John LaFalce 69%
Ray LaHood 40%
Nicholas Lampson 79%
Tom Lantos 80%
Stephen Largent 27%
Steve LaTourette 47%
Frank Lautenberg 80%
Rick Lazio 40%
James Leach 47%
Jerry Lewis 27%
Ron Lewis 33%
Joe Lieberman 67%
John Linder 31%
William Lipinski 93%
Trent Lott, Sr. 13%
Dick Lugar 20%
William Luther 80%
Connie Mack 20%
James Maloney 73%
Don Manzullo 20%
Matthew Martinez 67%
Frank Mascara 80%
Robert Matsui 80%
Karen McCarthy 80%
Bill McCollum 27%
James McCrery III 27%
John McHugh 47%
Scott McInnis 27%
David McIntosh 29%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 87%
Michael McNulty 73%
Martin Meehan 73%
Carrie Meek 85%
Jack Metcalf 53%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 73%
Dan Miller 21%
David Minge 73%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 80%
John Moakley 86%
Alan Mollohan 77%
Constance Morella 71%
Patrick Moynihan 87%
Frank Murkowski 8%
Jack Murtha 73%
Sue Myrick 27%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 27%
Robert William Ney 33%
Don Nickles 13%
Anne Northup 27%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 40%
James Nussle 33%
Jim Oberstar 87%
Dave Obey 87%
John Olver 80%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 80%
Major Owens 80%
Michael Oxley 27%
Ronald Packard 27%
Ron Paul 43%
Donald Payne 79%
Edward Pease 27%

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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