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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Human Rights Campaign

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 88%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 17%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 88%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 88%
Cass Ballenger 12%
James Barcia 38%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Bill Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 38%
Herbert Bateman 14%
Max Baucus 67%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
Bob Bennett 40%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 75%
Douglas Bereuter 12%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 0%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 83%
Brian Bilbray 71%
Michael Bilirakis 12%
Jeff Bingaman 83%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 38%
Rod Blagojevich 88%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 25%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 67%
Henry Bonilla 12%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 25%
Robert Borski, Jr. 75%
Leonard Boswell 62%
Rick Boucher 50%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 38%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 88%
John Breaux 67%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 75%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Richard Bryan 100%
Ed Bryant 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 33%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 12%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 12%
Robert Byrd 67%
Herbert Callahan 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 12%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 25%
Ben Campbell 50%
Thomas Campbell 88%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
John Chafee 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 88%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 83%
Robert Clement 62%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 50%
Michael Collins 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 67%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 62%
Kent Conrad 40%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Merrill Cook 0%
John Cooksey 25%
Jerry Costello 25%
Paul Coverdell 50%
Christopher Cox 25%
William Coyne 88%
Larry Craig 17%
Robert Cramer 0%
Philip Crane 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
Barbara Cubin 12%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 12%
Patsy Ann Danner 38%
Thomas Daschle 83%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 88%
James Davis 50%
Thomas Davis III 38%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Peter Deutsch 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 33%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 25%
Jay Dickey 0%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 75%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 67%
Calvin Dooley 75%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 60%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 50%
David Dreier 25%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
Jennifer Dunn 12%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 38%
Vern Ehlers 12%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 25%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 38%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 38%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 0%
Thomas Ewing 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
Russ Feingold 83%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Mark Foley 88%
Michael Patrick Forbes 62%
Harold Ford, Jr. 75%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0%
Tillie Fowler 38%
Barney Frank 100%
Robert Franks 50%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 88%
William Frist 33%
Jonas Frost III 88%
Elton Gallegly 12%
John Ganske 38%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
George Gekas 12%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Jim Gibbons 12%
Wayne Gilchrest 50%
Paul Gillmor 0%
Benjamin Gilman 75%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
William Goodling 14%
Bart Gordon 25%
Slade Gorton 50%
Porter Goss 38%
Daniel Graham 67%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 38%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 62%
James Greenwood 88%
Judd Gregg 33%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 12%
Tony Hall 25%
James Hansen 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 33%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 0%

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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