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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 56%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 67%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 82%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 58%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 79%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 96%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 4%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 95%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 73%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 68%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 96%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 10%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 6%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 7%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 70%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 63%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 68%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 86%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 21%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 4%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 68%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 89%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 71%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 70%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 16%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 63%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 11%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 71%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 5%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 25%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 60%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 75%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 85%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 67%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 64%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 60%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 11%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 7%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 14%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 8%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 5%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 12%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 60%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 7%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 75%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 68%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 11%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 4%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 35%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 11%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 32%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 71%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 60%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 68%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 11%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 65%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 16%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 82%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 7%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 81%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 39%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 81%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 71%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 18%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 21%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 67%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 4%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 57%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 26%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 8%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 21%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 78%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 19%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 7%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 19%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 93%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 60%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 89%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 79%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 78%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 14%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 19%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 32%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 18%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 7%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 24%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 82%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 20%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 93%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 82%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 20%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 75%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 74%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 68%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 67%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 18%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 18%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 55%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 86%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 21%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 79%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 10%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 7%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 75%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 4%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 11%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 10%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 32%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 93%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 86%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 29%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 7%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 16%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 80%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 90%
Gary Ackerman 4%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 11%
Wayne Allard 85%
Thomas Allen 7%
Rob Andrews 21%
Bill Archer 89%
Richard Armey 89%
John Ashcroft 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 71%
Cass Ballenger 77%
James Barcia 22%
Bob Barr, Jr. 96%
Bill Barrett 75%
Roscoe Bartlett 81%
Charlie Bass 75%
Herbert Bateman 64%
Max Baucus 21%
Bob Bennett 55%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 7%
Douglas Bereuter 54%
Howard Berman 8%
Marion Berry 22%
Brian Bilbray 61%
Michael Bilirakis 75%
Jeff Bingaman 30%
Rod Blagojevich 19%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 70%
Sherwood Boehlert 39%
Kit Bond 63%
Henry Bonilla 78%
David Edward Bonior 0%
Mary Bono Mack 71%
Robert Borski, Jr. 11%
Leonard Boswell 25%
Rick Boucher 7%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 32%
John Breaux 15%

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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