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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 20%
Gary Ackerman 86%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 0%
Rob Andrews 79%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 13%
Henry Scott Baesler 71%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
William Baker 9%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 71%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Charlie Bass 0%
Herbert Bateman 7%
Max Baucus 80%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Bob Bennett 20%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 79%
Douglas Bereuter 14%
Howard Berman 86%
Tom Bevill 91%
Brian Bilbray 29%
Michael Bilirakis 7%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Peter Blute 36%
Sherwood Boehlert 43%
Kit Bond 13%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Sonny Bono 7%
Robert Borski, Jr. 86%
Rick Boucher 79%
Bill Bradley 94%
John Breaux 67%
Bill Brewster 36%
Glen Browder 82%
George Brown, Jr. 93%
Hank Brown 6%
Richard Bryan 80%
Ed Bryant 0%
John Bryant 73%
Dale Bumpers 93%
Jim Bunn 36%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 20%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 7%
Robert Byrd 73%
Herbert Callahan 0%
Ben Campbell 40%
Thomas Campbell 29%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 14%
Mike Castle 29%
John Chafee 33%
Jim Chapman 73%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
Jon Lynn Christensen 0%
Dick Chrysler 0%
William Clay, Sr. 86%
Eva Clayton 100%
Robert Clement 64%
William Clinger 18%
William Cohen 33%
Ronald Coleman 100%
Barbara-Rose Collins 100%
Cardiss Collins 82%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 43%
Kent Conrad 87%
Wes Cooley 9%
Jerry Costello 71%
Paul Coverdell 20%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 13%
Robert Cramer 57%
Philip Crane 0%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 9%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Alfonse D'Amato 27%
Patsy Ann Danner 64%
Thomas Daschle 93%
Thomas Davis III 14%
E. Kika de la Garza 91%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Ronald Dellums 100%
Peter Deutsch 57%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 29%
Jay Dickey 0%
Norm Dicks 79%
Julian Dixon 93%
Chris Dodd 87%
Robert Dole 11%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 20%
Calvin Dooley 71%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 87%
Robert Dornan 0%
David Dreier 0%
Jennifer Dunn 0%
Chet Edwards 71%
Vern Ehlers 7%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 0%
Bill Emerson 9%
Philip English 21%
John Ensign 14%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 0%
Thomas Ewing 0%
Jim Exon 83%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 20%
Harris Fawell 7%
Victor Fazio 79%
Russ Feingold 87%
Cleo Fields 82%
Jack Fields, Jr. 0%
Bob Filner 100%
Floyd Flake 93%
Michael Patrick Flanagan 27%
Thomas Foglietta 100%
Mark Foley 7%
Michael Patrick Forbes 14%
Harold Ford, Sr. 91%
Wendell Ford 80%
Tillie Fowler 0%
Jon David Fox 36%
Barney Frank 100%
Gary Franks 27%
Robert Franks 29%
Dan Frisa 9%
William Frist 13%
Jonas Frost III 71%
David Funderburk 9%
Elizabeth Furse 79%
Elton Gallegly 0%
John Ganske 21%
Sam Gejdenson 79%
George Gekas 0%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 93%
Pete Geren 27%
Sam Gibbons 91%
Wayne Gilchrest 21%
Paul Gillmor 7%
Benjamin Gilman 57%
Newt Gingrich 0%
John Glenn 100%
Henry Gonzalez 100%
William Goodling 0%
Bart Gordon 50%
Slade Gorton 13%
Porter Goss 0%
Daniel Graham 80%
William Phillip Gramm 13%
Rodney Grams 13%
Enid Greene 9%
James Greenwood 21%
Judd Gregg 13%
Steven Gunderson 18%
Gilbert Gutknecht 0%
Tony Hall 79%
Lee Hamilton 57%
Melton Hancock 0%
James Hansen 0%
Jane Harman 64%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Mark Hatfield 44%
James Hayes 45%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 0%
W.G. Hefner 71%
Fredrick Kenneth Fred' Heineman 18%
Jesse Helms 20%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Van Hilleary 14%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 93%
Maurice Hinchey 93%
David Lee Hobson 7%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Martin Hoke 0%
Thomas Holden 64%
Ernest Hollings 80%
Stephen Horn 14%
John Nathan Hostettler 0%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 29%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 0%
Kay Hutchison 20%
Henry Hyde 7%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 0%
Daniel Inouye 87%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Andrew Jacobs, Jr. 91%

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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