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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Human Rights Campaign

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Howard Berman 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Bill Bradley 100%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
John Bryant 100%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Barbara-Rose Collins 100%
Cardiss Collins 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
William Coyne 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
Ronald Dellums 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Cleo Fields 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Jane Harman 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Daniel Inouye 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Harry Johnston 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Joseph Kennedy II 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Robert Matsui 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
Carrie Meek 100%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 100%
Carol Moseley Braun 100%
Patrick Moynihan 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
Major Owens 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
Donald Payne 100%
Clay Pell 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
Bill Richardson 100%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 100%
Charles Robb 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
Pat Schroeder 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
Paul Simon 100%
David Skaggs 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Louis Stokes 100%
Gerry Studds 100%
Esteban Edward Torres 100%
Ed Towns 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Mel Watt 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 89%
Jeff Bingaman 89%
David Edward Bonior 89%
Richard Bryan 89%
Thomas Campbell 89%
John Chafee 89%
Eva Clayton 89%
Julian Dixon 89%
Chris Dodd 89%
Russ Feingold 89%
Bob Filner 89%
Thomas Foglietta 89%
Elizabeth Furse 89%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 89%
Henry Gonzalez 89%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 89%
Stephen Horn 89%
James Merrill Jeffords 89%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 89%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 89%
Bob Kerrey 89%
Herb Kohl 89%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 89%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 89%
Joe Lieberman 89%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 89%
Matthew Martinez 89%
Karen McCarthy 89%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 89%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 89%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 89%
Paul Sarbanes 89%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 89%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 89%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 89%
Olympia Snowe 89%
Arlen Specter 89%
Bruce Vento 89%
Paul Wellstone 89%
Sidney Yates 89%
Victor Fazio 88%
Constance Morella 88%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 86%
Robert Torricelli 86%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
John Ensign 83%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 83%
Steven Gunderson 80%
Peter Torkildsen 80%
Pat Williams 80%
Rob Andrews 78%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 78%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 78%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 78%
Thomas Daschle 78%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 78%
Peter Deutsch 78%
Norm Dicks 78%
Byron Dorgan 78%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 78%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 78%
Benjamin Gilman 78%
John Glenn 78%
Daniel Graham 78%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 78%
William Jefferson 78%
Nancy Johnson 78%
Dale Kildee 78%
Frank Lautenberg 78%
James Leach 78%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 78%
William Luther 78%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 78%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 78%
Christopher Shays 78%
Alfonse D'Amato 75%
James Greenwood 75%
Andrew Jacobs, Jr. 75%
John Moakley 75%
Charles Rose III 75%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 68%
Sherwood Boehlert 67%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 67%
Ben Campbell 67%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 67%
Lane Evans 67%
Floyd Flake 67%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 67%
Gerald Kleczka 67%
James Kolbe 67%
Paul McHale 67%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 67%
Albert Wynn 63%
Peter Blute 60%
William Cohen 60%
Ronald Coleman 60%
Sam Gibbons 60%
Max Baucus 56%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 56%
Brian Bilbray 56%
Robert Borski, Jr. 56%
John Breaux 56%
Mike Castle 56%
Kent Conrad 56%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 56%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 56%
Calvin Dooley 56%
Jonas Frost III 56%
Slade Gorton 56%
Ernest Hollings 56%
Sue Kelly 56%
Scott Klug 56%
Rick Lazio 56%
Jim Oberstar 56%
Bart Stupak 56%

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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