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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Human Rights Campaign

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 0%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 91%
Rob Andrews 91%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 18%
Brian Baird 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 91%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Cass Ballenger 18%
James Barcia 36%
Bob Barr, Jr. 18%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Bill Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 9%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 27%
Herbert Bateman 9%
Max Baucus 67%
Evan Bayh 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 73%
Douglas Bereuter 9%
Shelley Berkley 91%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 27%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 83%
Judy Biggert 45%
Brian Bilbray 64%
Michael Bilirakis 18%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 73%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 9%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 73%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 9%
Kit Bond 17%
Henry Bonilla 18%
David Edward Bonior 91%
Mary Bono Mack 9%
Robert Borski, Jr. 73%
Leonard Boswell 55%
Rick Boucher 70%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 36%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 18%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
John Breaux 80%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 82%
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 17%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 50%
Herbert Callahan 18%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 27%
Ben Campbell 33%
Thomas Campbell 64%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 9%
Chris Cannon 9%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 64%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 9%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 9%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 91%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
Robert Clement 45%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 9%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 9%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 17%
Michael Collins 9%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 55%
Kent Conrad 33%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Merrill Cook 9%
John Cooksey 40%
Jerry Costello 36%
Paul Coverdell 17%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 18%
Philip Crane 9%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90%
Barbara Cubin 9%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 18%
Patsy Ann Danner 45%
Thomas Daschle 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 91%
James Davis 64%
Thomas Davis III 27%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 18%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
Peter Deutsch 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 17%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 30%
Jay Dickey 0%
Norm Dicks 91%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 73%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 91%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 17%
Calvin Dooley 73%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 67%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 73%
David Dreier 9%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 18%
Jennifer Dunn 18%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
John Edwards 67%
Chet Edwards 55%
Vern Ehlers 0%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 9%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 18%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 45%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 0%
Thomas Ewing 18%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 83%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 17%
Ernest Fletcher 0%
Mark Foley 82%
Michael Patrick Forbes 91%
Harold Ford, Jr. 82%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 18%
Tillie Fowler 18%
Barney Frank 100%
Robert Franks 45%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 73%
William Frist 0%
Jonas Frost III 100%
Elton Gallegly 18%
John Ganske 27%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
George Gekas 0%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 91%
Jim Gibbons 18%
Wayne Gilchrest 56%
Paul Gillmor 0%
Benjamin Gilman 73%
Charlie Gonzalez 91%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 9%
William Goodling 18%
Bart Gordon 27%
Slade Gorton 17%
Porter Goss 18%
Daniel Graham 83%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 9%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 20%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
Mark Green 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 64%
James Greenwood 82%
Judd Gregg 20%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 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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