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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
John Ashcroft 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
Pete Hoekstra 100%
Zach Wamp 100%
Robert Barr, Jr. 96%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 96%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matthew Salmon Republican 96%
Joe Scarborough 96%
Jon Kyl 95%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 95%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 93%
Christopher Cox 93%
Philip Crane 93%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 93%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 93%
Joel Hefley 93%
Stephen Largent 93%
Don Manzullo 93%
Sue Myrick 93%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 93%
James Rogan 93%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 93%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 93%
John Shadegg 93%
David McIntosh 92%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 90%
Chris Cannon 90%
Rodney Grams 90%
Don Nickles 90%
Bill Archer 89%
Richard Armey 89%
Michael Collins 89%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 89%
Van Hilleary 89%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 89%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 89%
Dan Miller 89%
Bob Smith 89%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 88%
Ron Paul 88%
Thomas DeLay 86%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 86%
David Lee Hobson 86%
John Nathan Hostettler 86%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 86%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 86%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 86%
George Radanovich 86%
Robert Schaffer 86%
Bob Stump 86%
Wayne Allard 85%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 85%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 85%
William Phillip Gramm 85%
Henry Hyde 85%
John Linder 85%
Dick Lugar 85%
Scott McInnis 85%
Craig Thomas 85%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 82%
Jay Dickey 82%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 82%
Jim Gibbons 82%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 82%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 82%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 82%
Roscoe Bartlett 81%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 81%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 81%
William Goodling 81%
James Hansen 81%
Wally Herger, Jr. 81%
Nick Smith 81%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 80%
Porter Goss 80%
Mark Souder 80%
Bill Young 80%
Barbara Cubin 79%
Jennifer Dunn 79%
J. Dennis Hastert 79%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 79%
Bill McCollum 79%
John Peterson 79%
Richard Pombo 79%
Deborah Pryce 79%
Jim Ryun 79%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 79%
E.G. Shuster 79%
Cliff Stearns 79%
John Sununu 79%
Todd Tiahrt 79%
Wesley Watkins 79%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 79%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 78%
Henry Bonilla 78%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 78%
Kenny Hulshof 78%
Duncan Hunter 78%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 78%
Cass Ballenger 77%
Asa Hutchinson 77%
Bill Barrett 75%
Charlie Bass 75%
Michael Bilirakis 75%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 75%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 75%
Randall Cunningham 75%
John Doolittle 75%
David Dreier 75%
Jo Ann Emerson 75%
Judd Gregg 75%
Gilbert Gutknecht 75%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 75%
William Lewis Jenkins 75%
Joseph Knollenberg 75%
James Kolbe 75%
Connie Mack 75%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 75%
Rick Santorum 75%
Fred Thompson 75%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 75%
David Weldon 75%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 74%
Merrill Cook 74%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 74%
Frank Murkowski 74%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 74%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 74%
James Nussle 74%
Ronald Packard 74%
James Talent 74%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 73%
Dan Burton 72%
James McCrery III 72%
Richard Hugh Baker 71%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 71%
Mary Bono Mack 71%
Ed Bryant 71%
Herbert Callahan 71%
Larry Combest 71%
Terry Everett 71%
Mark Foley 71%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 71%
Ron Lewis 71%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 71%
Jack Metcalf 71%
Bob Riley 71%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 71%
Floyd Spence 71%
Charles Taylor 71%
Gene Taylor 71%
William Thomas 71%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 71%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 70%
Paul Coverdell 70%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 70%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 70%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 70%
Strom Thurmond 70%
John Warner 70%
John Cooksey 69%
George Gekas 69%
Steve Buyer 68%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 68%
Thomas Campbell 68%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 68%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 68%
Elton Gallegly 68%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 68%
Rick Hill 68%
Anne Northup 68%
Michael Oxley 68%
John Edward Porter 68%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 68%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 68%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 67%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 67%
Paul Gillmor 67%
Robert William Ney 67%
Edward Pease 67%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 67%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 67%
Jim Bunning 65%
Conrad Burns 65%
Larry Craig 65%
William Frist 65%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 65%
Kay Hutchison 65%
Gordon Smith 65%
Herbert Bateman 64%
Philip English 64%
Thomas Ewing 64%
Tillie Fowler 64%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 64%
Marge Roukema 64%
Christopher Shays 64%

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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