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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
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Howard Berman 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
David Edward Bonior 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
Dale Bumpers 100%
Barbara-Rose Collins 100%
Cardiss Collins 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
William Coyne 100%
Ronald Dellums 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Lane Evans 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Cleo Fields 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Thomas Foglietta 100%
Barney Frank 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Joseph Kennedy II 100%
John LaFalce 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
John Moakley 100%
Patrick Moynihan 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
Jim Oberstar 100%
John Olver 100%
Major Owens 100%
Donald Payne 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel 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%
Pat Schroeder 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
Gerry Studds 100%
Ed Towns 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
Mel Watt 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Pat Williams 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Sidney Yates 100%
Gary Ackerman 93%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 93%
Anthony Beilenson 93%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
John Bryant 93%
Ronald Coleman 93%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 93%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 93%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 93%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 93%
Daniel Inouye 93%
Harry Johnston 93%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 93%
Bob Kerrey 93%
Gerald Kleczka 93%
Tom Lantos 93%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 93%
Karen McCarthy 93%
Martin Meehan 93%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
Carol Moseley Braun 93%
Dave Obey 93%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 93%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 93%
Paul Simon 93%
David Skaggs 93%
Louis Stokes 93%
Bruce Vento 93%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 93%
Paul Wellstone 93%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 92%
Pete Stark 92%
Robert Borski, Jr. 87%
George Brown, Jr. 87%
Robert Byrd 87%
William Clay, Sr. 87%
Eva Clayton 87%
Kent Conrad 87%
Thomas Daschle 87%
Chris Dodd 87%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 87%
Russ Feingold 87%
Elizabeth Furse 87%
John Glenn 87%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 87%
William Luther 87%
Robert Matsui 87%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 87%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 87%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 87%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 87%
Clay Pell 87%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 87%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 87%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 87%
Bart Stupak 87%
Michael Ward 87%
Albert Wynn 87%
Floyd Flake 86%
Henry Gonzalez 86%
David Pryor 86%
Ray Thornton 86%
Bill Bradley 85%
Harold Volkmer 85%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
Richard Bryan 80%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
Byron Dorgan 80%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 80%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
Andrew Jacobs, Jr. 80%
J. Bennett Johnston 80%
Paul Kanjorski 80%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 80%
Patrick Kennedy 80%
Herb Kohl 80%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 80%
David Minge 80%
Pete Peterson 80%
Bill Richardson 80%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 80%
Esteban Edward Torres 80%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 80%
Harold Ford, Sr. 79%
Michael McNulty 79%
Carrie Meek 79%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 79%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 79%
Bob Wise, Jr. 79%
Thomas Manton 77%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 73%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 73%
Max Baucus 73%
Rick Boucher 73%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 73%
Peter Deutsch 73%
Julian Dixon 73%
Jim Exon 73%
Wendell Ford 73%
Sam Gibbons 73%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 73%
W.G. Hefner 73%
Ernest Hollings 73%
William Jefferson 73%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 73%
Dale Kildee 73%
Matthew Martinez 73%
Frank Mascara 73%
Bill Orton 73%
Earl Pomeroy 73%
Frank Tejeda 73%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 73%
Robert Torricelli 73%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 71%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 71%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 69%
Henry Scott Baesler 67%
James Barcia 67%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 67%
Tom Bevill 67%
John Breaux 67%
Jerry Costello 67%
Patsy Ann Danner 67%
Norm Dicks 67%
Calvin Dooley 67%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 67%
Victor Fazio 67%
Sam Gejdenson 67%
Daniel Graham 67%
Tony Hall 67%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 67%
Ronald Klink 67%
Alan Mollohan 67%
Constance Morella 67%

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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