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Rating Group: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

1987-1999 Positions

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 95%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 8%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 11%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 17%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 11%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 8%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 60%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 5%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 92%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 20%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 17%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 17%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 91%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 80%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 74%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 18%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 0%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 75%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 20%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 5%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 47%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 71%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 89%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 84%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 8%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 6%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 9%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 7%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 87%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 27%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 94%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 17%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 20%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 17%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 63%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 6%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 93%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 17%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 20%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 33%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 88%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 73%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 17%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 7%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 29%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 20%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 8%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 6%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 18%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 83%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 91%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 63%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 17%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 60%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 20%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 60%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 38%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 13%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 30%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 62%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 8%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 20%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 83%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Richard Armey 0%
Brian Baird 80%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 9%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Max Baucus 37%
Evan Bayh 86%
Bob Bennett 12%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 83%
Douglas Bereuter 50%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 60%
Judy Biggert 40%
Michael Bilirakis 31%

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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