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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 82%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 27%
Gary Ackerman 73%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 18%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 82%
Wayne Allard 9%
Thomas Allen 73%
Rob Andrews 80%
Bill Archer 9%
Richard Armey 9%
John Ashcroft 18%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 55%
Brian Baird 80%
Richard Hugh Baker 10%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 82%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Cass Ballenger 27%
James Barcia 82%
Bob Barr, Jr. 45%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 91%
Bill Barrett 18%
Roscoe Bartlett 27%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 20%
Charlie Bass 27%
Herbert Bateman 27%
Max Baucus 82%
Evan Bayh 73%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 73%
Bob Bennett 18%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 73%
Douglas Bereuter 20%
Shelley Berkley 73%
Howard Berman 73%
Marion Berry 73%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 82%
Judy Biggert 18%
Brian Bilbray 50%
Michael Bilirakis 20%
Jeff Bingaman 82%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 64%
Rod Blagojevich 91%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 9%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 82%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 10%
Sherwood Boehlert 45%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 20%
Kit Bond 10%
Henry Bonilla 18%
David Edward Bonior 91%
Mary Bono Mack 40%
Robert Borski, Jr. 73%
Leonard Boswell 60%
Rick Boucher 80%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 73%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 18%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 91%
John Breaux 82%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 73%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 91%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 18%
Richard Bryan 91%
Ed Bryant 18%
Jim Bunning 18%
Conrad Burns 9%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 18%
Dan Burton 20%
Steve Buyer 27%
Robert Byrd 70%
Herbert Callahan 27%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 9%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 18%
Ben Campbell 18%
Thomas Campbell 55%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 27%
Chris Cannon 27%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 73%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 73%
Julia Carson 80%
Mike Castle 45%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 18%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 50%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 27%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 30%
William Clay, Sr. 90%
Eva Clayton 90%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 91%
Robert Clement 73%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 70%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 40%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 9%
Michael Collins 27%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
Larry Combest 27%
Gary Condit 73%
Kent Conrad 82%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Merrill Cook 45%
John Cooksey 30%
Jerry Costello 100%
Paul Coverdell 9%
Christopher Cox 9%
William Coyne 82%
Larry Craig 9%
Robert Cramer 73%
Philip Crane 9%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 82%
Barbara Cubin 18%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 73%
Randall Cunningham 9%
Patsy Ann Danner 73%
Thomas Daschle 82%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 64%
Thomas Davis III 27%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 36%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 73%
Bill Delahunt 91%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 91%
Thomas DeLay 9%
James DeMint 27%
Peter Deutsch 64%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 18%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 36%
Jay Dickey 10%
Norm Dicks 73%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 82%
Julian Dixon 82%
Chris Dodd 80%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 73%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 9%
Calvin Dooley 73%
John Doolittle 9%
Byron Dorgan 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 82%
David Dreier 9%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 64%
Jennifer Dunn 9%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 82%
John Edwards 91%
Chet Edwards 73%
Vern Ehlers 18%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 9%
Jo Ann Emerson 36%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 73%
Philip English 36%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 82%
Bob Etheridge 82%
Lane Evans 91%
Terry Everett 18%
Thomas Ewing 18%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 82%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 82%
Russ Feingold 82%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 82%
Bob Filner 82%
Peter Fitzgerald 30%
Ernest Fletcher 9%
Mark Foley 55%
Michael Patrick Forbes 73%
Harold Ford, Jr. 73%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 9%
Tillie Fowler 18%
Barney Frank 100%
Robert Franks 55%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 36%
William Frist 9%
Jonas Frost III 70%
Elton Gallegly 36%
John Ganske 60%
Sam Gejdenson 82%
George Gekas 9%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 82%
Jim Gibbons 36%
Wayne Gilchrest 45%
Paul Gillmor 18%
Benjamin Gilman 36%
Charlie Gonzalez 73%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 36%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 18%
William Goodling 9%
Bart Gordon 80%
Slade Gorton 9%
Porter Goss 9%
Daniel Graham 82%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 50%
William Phillip Gramm 9%
Rodney Grams 9%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 10%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 9%
Mark Green 9%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 90%
James Greenwood 45%
Judd Gregg 10%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 89%

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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