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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Maryland Public Interest Research Group

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MD U.S. House 1 Andy Harris Republican 44%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 89%
MD State House 9B Robert Flanagan Republican 88%
MD State House 10 Adrienne Jones Democratic 100%
MD State House 11 Dan Morhaim Democratic 100%
MD State House 13 Shane Pendergrass Democratic 88%
MD State House 13 Frank Turner Democratic 100%
MD State House 17 Kumar Barve Democratic 86%
MD State House 20 Sheila Hixson Democratic 88%
MD State House 21 Barbara Frush Democratic 100%
MD State House 22 Tawanna Gaines Democratic 88%
MD State House 22 Anne Healey Democratic 88%
MD State House 23B Joseph Vallario, Jr. Democratic 75%
MD State House 24 Carolyn Howard Democratic 88%
MD State House 25 Dereck Davis Democratic 75%
MD State House 27A James Proctor, Jr. Democratic 88%
MD State House 29C Anthony O'Donnell, Sr. Republican 50%
MD State House 30A Mike Busch Democratic 86%
MD State House 32 Ted Sophocleus Democratic 75%
MD State House 39 Charles Barkley Democratic 100%
MD State House 41 Nathaniel Oaks Democratic 100%
MD State House 41 Samuel Rosenberg Democratic 88%
MD State House 43 Maggie McIntosh Democratic 88%
MD State House 45 Talmadge Branch Democratic 75%
MD State House 46 Peter Hammen Democratic 88%
MD State Senate 1 George Edwards Republican 63%
MD State Senate 8 Katherine Ann Klausmeier Democratic 75%
MD State Senate 9 Gail Bates Republican 75%
MD State Senate 10 Delores Kelley Democratic 100%
MD State Senate 11 Robert Zirkin Democratic 100%
MD State Senate 12 Edward Kasemeyer Democratic 78%
MD State Senate 16 Susan Lee Democratic 88%
MD State Senate 17 Cheryl Kagan Democratic 88%
MD State Senate 22 Paul Pinsky Democratic 100%
MD State Senate 24 Joanne Benson Democratic 88%
MD State Senate 25 Ulysses Currie Democratic 89%
MD State Senate 27 Thomas Miller, Jr. Democratic 88%
MD State Senate 28 Thomas Middleton Democratic 78%
MD State Senate 30 John Astle Democratic 89%
MD State Senate 32 James DeGrange, Sr. Democratic 67%
MD State Senate 37 Addie Eckardt Republican 50%
MD State Senate 41 Lisa Gladden Democratic 88%
MD State Senate 43 Joan Carter Conway Democratic 100%
MD State Senate 44 Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Democratic 100%
MD State Senate 45 Nathaniel McFadden Democratic 78%
MD Attorney General Brian Frosh Democratic 100%
MD Comptroller Peter Franchot Democratic 88%
MD Council Member 8 Obie Patterson Democratic 86%
MD County Executive 1 Rushern Baker III Democratic 88%
Carmen Amedori 38%
John Arnick 88%
Walter Baker 56%
Wheeler Baker 75%
Robert Baldwin 75%
Joseph Bartlett 63%
Clarence Blount 89%
Liz Bobo 100%
John Bohanan, Jr. 75%
David Boschert 50%
Charles Boutin 75%
Bennett Bozman 88%
David Brinkley 57%
Thomas Bromwell 67%
William Bronrott 88%
Anthony Brown 88%
Emmett Burns, Jr. 63%
Joan Cadden 75%
James Campbell 88%
Rudolph Cane 50%
Paul Carlson 88%
Virginia Clagett 100%
Richard Colburn 33%
William Cole IV 88%
Michael Collins 89%
Mary Conroy 100%
Norman Conway 63%
James Crouse 75%
Jean Cryor 75%
Richard D'Amato 88%
Clarence Davis 75%
Diane DeCarlo 50%
George Della, Jr. 89%
Dana Lee Dembrow 100%
Thomas Dewberry 88%
Michael Dobson 100%
John Donoghue 63%
Ann Marie Doory 88%
Arthur Dorman 100%
Cornell Dypski 88%
Roy Dyson 67%
Donald Elliott 63%
Nathaniel Exum 89%
Timothy Ferguson 33%
Michael Finifter 100%
Jennie Forehand 78%
Tony Edward Fulton 100%
Joe Getty 63%
John Giannetti, Jr. 88%
Barry Glassman 50%
Marilyn Goldwater 88%
Michael Gordon 63%
Leo Green 100%
Janet Hines Greenip 63%
Melony Griffith 88%
Sharon Grosfeld 100%
John Hafer 33%
Larry Haines 33%
Hattie Harrison 88%
C. Sue Hecht 50%
Henry Heller 100%
Kerry Hill 75%
Barbara Hoffman 78%
Patrick John Hogan 67%
Paula Colodny Hollinger 89%
J. Robert Hooper 44%
James Hubbard 100%
Nancy Hubers 63%
Ralph Hughes 89%
John Adams Hurson 100%
Thomas Hutchins 57%
Nancy Jacobs 44%
Mary-Dulany James 63%
Philip Jimeno 67%
Verna Jones-Rodwell 100%
Wade Kach 63%
Kevin Kelly 50%
Ruth Kirk 88%
Robert Kittleman 44%
Martha Scanlan Klima 63%
Carolyn Krysiak 88%
Richard LaVay 63%
Gloria Gary Lawlah 78%
John Leopold 63%
Samuel Linton, Jr. 63%
Mary Ann Love 88%
James Malone, Jr. 75%
Adrienne Mandel 100%
Salima Siler Marriott 75%
Charles McClenahan 63%
Brian McHale 100%
Robert McKee 63%
Pauline Menes 100%
Joseph Minnick 50%
Clarence Mitchell IV 56%
Van Mitchell 50%
Brian Moe 100%
Jake Mohorovic 100%
Kenneth Charles Montague, Jr. 88%
Alexander Mooney 44%
Donald Munson 33%
Donald Murphy 63%
Robert Neall 56%
George Owings III 75%
Jeffrey Paige 88%
Joanne Parrott 50%
Carol Stoker Petzold 75%
Wendell Phillips 88%
Joan Breslin Pitkin 100%
James Ports, Jr. 50%
Howard Peters Rawlings 88%
Alfred Redmer, Jr. 75%
B. Daniel Riley 100%
Jean Roesser 89%
Mary Rosso 100%
Ida Ruben 89%
David Rudolph 75%
James Edward Rzepkowski 75%
Kenneth Schisler 63%
Sandra Schrader 89%
Perry Sfikas 89%
Christopher Shank 63%
Tod David Sher 100%
Mark Shriver 88%
Louise Snodgrass 63%
Joan Frances Stern 100%
Nancy Stocksdale 38%
J. Lowell Stoltzfus 33%
Norman Stone, Jr. 78%
Paul Stull 63%
Darren Swain 75%
Casper Taylor, Jr. 71%
Leonard Teitelbaum 89%
David Mercado Valderrama 86%
Mary Walkup 75%
Michael Weir, Jr. 75%
John Wood, Jr. 63%

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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