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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 100%
Gary Ackerman 10%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 15%
Wayne Allard 90%
Thomas Allen 10%
Rob Andrews 25%
Bill Archer 95%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 95%
Richard Hugh Baker 95%
Cass Ballenger 90%
James Barcia 30%
Bob Barr, Jr. 85%
Bill Barrett 85%
Roscoe Bartlett 90%
Charlie Bass 75%
Herbert Bateman 85%
Max Baucus 30%
Bob Bennett 80%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 20%
Douglas Bereuter 80%
Howard Berman 10%
Marion Berry 30%
Brian Bilbray 65%
Michael Bilirakis 90%
Jeff Bingaman 20%
Rod Blagojevich 15%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 90%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
Kit Bond 75%
Henry Bonilla 85%
David Edward Bonior 5%
Mary Bono Mack 92%
Robert Borski, Jr. 15%
Leonard Boswell 45%
Rick Boucher 10%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 25%
John Breaux 15%
Richard Bryan 20%
Ed Bryant 95%
Conrad Burns 95%
Dan Burton 80%
Steve Buyer 90%
Robert Byrd 10%
Herbert Callahan 95%
Ben Campbell 80%
Thomas Campbell 65%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 85%
Chris Cannon 65%
Julia Carson 10%
Mike Castle 60%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 80%
William Clay, Sr. 5%
Eva Clayton 20%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 25%
Robert Clement 25%
Michael Collins 95%
Larry Combest 90%
Gary Condit 35%
Kent Conrad 20%
Merrill Cook 85%
John Cooksey 80%
Jerry Costello 25%
Paul Coverdell 95%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 15%
Larry Craig 95%
Robert Cramer 40%
Philip Crane 100%
Barbara Cubin 95%
Randall Cunningham 85%
Patsy Ann Danner 35%
Thomas Daschle 15%
James Davis 30%
Thomas Davis III 85%
Bill Delahunt 10%
Thomas DeLay 100%
Peter Deutsch 10%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 65%
Jay Dickey 95%
Norm Dicks 20%
Julian Dixon 10%
Chris Dodd 20%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 80%
Calvin Dooley 25%
John Doolittle 90%
Byron Dorgan 20%
David Dreier 90%
Jennifer Dunn 95%
Chet Edwards 25%
Vern Ehlers 75%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 95%
Jo Ann Emerson 90%
Philip English 80%
Bob Etheridge 30%
Lane Evans 10%
Terry Everett 90%
Thomas Ewing 85%
Russ Feingold 25%
Bob Filner 5%
Mark Foley 80%
Michael Patrick Forbes 40%
Harold Ford, Jr. 15%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 100%
Tillie Fowler 80%
Barney Frank 15%
Robert Franks 65%
William Frist 85%
Jonas Frost III 20%
Elton Gallegly 80%
John Ganske 65%
Sam Gejdenson 10%
George Gekas 85%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 10%
Jim Gibbons 85%
Wayne Gilchrest 65%
Paul Gillmor 75%
Benjamin Gilman 45%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 70%
William Goodling 85%
Bart Gordon 25%
Slade Gorton 65%
Porter Goss 80%
Daniel Graham 25%
William Phillip Gramm 85%
Rodney Grams 90%
James Greenwood 65%
Judd Gregg 85%
Gilbert Gutknecht 90%
Tony Hall 20%
James Hansen 95%
J. Dennis Hastert 95%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 90%
Jesse Helms 70%
Wally Herger, Jr. 95%
Rick Hill 85%
Van Hilleary 80%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 10%
Maurice Hinchey 5%
David Lee Hobson 95%
Pete Hoekstra 95%
Thomas Holden 15%
Ernest Hollings 30%
Darlene Hooley 20%
Stephen Horn 60%
John Nathan Hostettler 80%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 45%
Kenny Hulshof 90%
Duncan Hunter 80%
Asa Hutchinson 75%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 90%
Kay Hutchison 85%
Henry Hyde 95%
Daniel Inouye 15%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 85%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 5%
William Jefferson 0%
James Merrill Jeffords 50%
William Lewis Jenkins 90%
Christopher John 35%
Nancy Johnson 45%
Paul Kanjorski 10%
Sue Kelly 55%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 20%
Patrick Kennedy 15%
Bob Kerrey 10%
Dale Kildee 5%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 5%
Gerald Kleczka 10%
Ronald Klink 25%
Joseph Knollenberg 90%
Herb Kohl 30%
James Kolbe 95%
Dennis Kucinich 15%
Jon Kyl 90%
John LaFalce 10%
Ray LaHood 60%
Nicholas Lampson 5%
Tom Lantos 10%
Stephen Largent 95%
Steve LaTourette 60%
Frank Lautenberg 25%
Rick Lazio 60%
James Leach 55%
Jerry Lewis 90%
Ron Lewis 95%
Joe Lieberman 30%
John Linder 100%
William Lipinski 20%
Trent Lott, Sr. 90%
Dick Lugar 80%
William Luther 20%
Connie Mack 85%
James Maloney 35%
Don Manzullo 100%
Matthew Martinez 5%
Frank Mascara 15%
Robert Matsui 15%
Karen McCarthy 10%

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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