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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

1996 Positions

Issues: Liberal , Social , Liberal , Social
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 73%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 13%
Gary Ackerman 93%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 93%
Wayne Allard 13%
Rob Andrews 60%
Bill Archer 7%
Richard Armey 7%
John Ashcroft 7%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 13%
Henry Scott Baesler 67%
Richard Hugh Baker 13%
William Baker 0%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 73%
Cass Ballenger 7%
James Barcia 67%
Bob Barr, Jr. 7%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Bill Barrett 13%
Roscoe Bartlett 7%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 20%
Charlie Bass 13%
Herbert Bateman 20%
Max Baucus 73%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Anthony Beilenson 93%
Bob Bennett 13%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 67%
Douglas Bereuter 20%
Howard Berman 100%
Tom Bevill 67%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
Brian Bilbray 29%
Michael Bilirakis 13%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 57%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 13%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
Peter Blute 13%
Sherwood Boehlert 47%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 7%
Kit Bond 7%
Henry Bonilla 7%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Sonny Bono 13%
Robert Borski, Jr. 87%
Rick Boucher 73%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Bill Bradley 85%
John Breaux 67%
Bill Brewster 29%
Glen Browder 53%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
George Brown, Jr. 87%
Hank Brown 13%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 8%
Richard Bryan 80%
Ed Bryant 13%
John Bryant 93%
Dale Bumpers 100%
Jim Bunn 13%
Jim Bunning 13%
Conrad Burns 7%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 7%
Dan Burton 20%
Steve Buyer 13%
Robert Byrd 87%
Herbert Callahan 7%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 14%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 33%
Ben Campbell 33%
Thomas Campbell 47%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 13%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 69%
Mike Castle 33%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 27%
John Chafee 27%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 13%
Jim Chapman 53%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 13%
Jon Lynn Christensen 20%
Dick Chrysler 0%
William Clay, Sr. 87%
Eva Clayton 87%
Robert Clement 47%
William Clinger 7%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 73%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 7%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 13%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 8%
William Cohen 33%
Ronald Coleman 93%
Barbara-Rose Collins 100%
Cardiss Collins 100%
Michael Collins 13%
Larry Combest 13%
Gary Condit 47%
Kent Conrad 87%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Wes Cooley 13%
Jerry Costello 67%
Paul Coverdell 7%
Christopher Cox 7%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 7%
Robert Cramer 40%
Philip Crane 7%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 7%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 7%
Barbara Cubin 7%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 93%
Randall Cunningham 14%
Alfonse D'Amato 20%
Patsy Ann Danner 67%
Thomas Daschle 87%
Thomas Davis III 29%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 13%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 93%
E. Kika de la Garza 64%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
Thomas DeLay 7%
Ronald Dellums 100%
Peter Deutsch 73%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 27%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 53%
Jay Dickey 0%
Norm Dicks 67%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 93%
Julian Dixon 73%
Chris Dodd 87%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
Robert Dole 12%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 27%
Calvin Dooley 67%
John Doolittle 14%
Byron Dorgan 80%
Robert Dornan 7%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 67%
David Dreier 13%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 27%
Jennifer Dunn 13%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 93%
Chet Edwards 60%
Vern Ehlers 33%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 7%
Bill Emerson 7%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 50%
John Ensign 27%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 87%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 13%
Thomas Ewing 13%
Jim Exon 73%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 7%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 87%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Harris Fawell 20%
Victor Fazio 67%
Russ Feingold 87%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
Cleo Fields 100%
Jack Fields, Jr. 0%
Bob Filner 100%
Floyd Flake 86%
Michael Patrick Flanagan 20%
Thomas Foglietta 100%
Mark Foley 33%
Michael Patrick Forbes 20%
Harold Ford, Sr. 79%
Wendell Ford 73%
Tillie Fowler 20%
Jon David Fox 33%
Barney Frank 100%
Gary Franks 20%
Robert Franks 47%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 20%
Dan Frisa 7%
William Frist 14%
Jonas Frost III 57%
David Funderburk 7%
Elizabeth Furse 87%
Elton Gallegly 13%
John Ganske 33%
Sam Gejdenson 67%
George Gekas 13%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 80%
Pete Geren 13%
Sam Gibbons 73%
Wayne Gilchrest 20%
Paul Gillmor 25%
Benjamin Gilman 47%
Newt Gingrich 0%
John Glenn 87%
Henry Gonzalez 86%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 13%
William Goodling 20%
Bart Gordon 40%

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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