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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 100%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 100%
John Shadegg 100%
John Sununu 100%
Christopher Cox 96%
Porter Goss 96%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 96%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 96%
Dan Miller 96%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 96%
Todd Tiahrt 96%
Jon Kyl 95%
Richard Armey 93%
Bob Barr, Jr. 93%
Chris Cannon 93%
Philip Crane 93%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 93%
Jim Ryun 93%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 93%
Mark Souder 93%
Cliff Stearns 93%
Joe Scarborough 92%
Wayne Allard 90%
John Ashcroft 90%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 90%
William Phillip Gramm 90%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 90%
Dick Lugar 90%
Don Nickles 90%
Bob Smith 90%
Craig Thomas 90%
Charlie Bass 89%
William Goodling 89%
Gilbert Gutknecht 89%
Joel Hefley 89%
Pete Hoekstra 89%
Stephen Largent 89%
Don Manzullo 89%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 89%
David McIntosh 89%
Ron Paul 89%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 89%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 89%
James Talent 89%
Michael Collins 88%
John Nathan Hostettler 88%
James Rogan 88%
Bill Archer 86%
Thomas Campbell 86%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 86%
Mark Foley 86%
Kenny Hulshof 86%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 86%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 86%
James Nussle 86%
Nick Smith 86%
Larry Craig 85%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 85%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 85%
Trent Lott, Sr. 85%
Fred Thompson 85%
Jim Gibbons 83%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 82%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 82%
John Ganske 82%
Van Hilleary 82%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 82%
John Linder 82%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 82%
Sue Myrick 82%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 82%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 82%
James Ramstad 82%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 82%
Christopher Shays 82%
Bob Stump 82%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 81%
George Radanovich 81%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 80%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 80%
Paul Coverdell 80%
Judd Gregg 80%
Jesse Helms 80%
Kay Hutchison 80%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 80%
Connie Mack 80%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 80%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 80%
Roscoe Bartlett 79%
Ed Bryant 79%
Randall Cunningham 79%
Thomas DeLay 79%
Jennifer Dunn 79%
Tillie Fowler 79%
Robert Franks 79%
J. Dennis Hastert 79%
David Lee Hobson 79%
Asa Hutchinson 79%
Bill McCollum 79%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 79%
Deborah Pryce 79%
Rick Santorum 79%
Robert Schaffer 79%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 79%
Zach Wamp 79%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 79%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 78%
Dan Burton 78%
Duncan Hunter 78%
Scott McInnis 78%
Charles Taylor 77%
David Weldon 77%
John Doolittle 76%
Brian Bilbray 75%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 75%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 75%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 75%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 75%
Rodney Grams 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 75%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 75%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 75%
Marge Roukema 75%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 75%
Gordon Smith 75%
Strom Thurmond 75%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 75%
John Warner 75%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 75%
Conrad Burns 74%
Vern Ehlers 74%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 73%
Barbara Cubin 73%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 73%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 71%
Michael Bilirakis 71%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 71%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 71%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 71%
Mike Castle 71%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 71%
Jay Dickey 71%
David Dreier 71%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 71%
James Kolbe 71%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 71%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 71%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 71%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 70%
William Frist 70%
Slade Gorton 70%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 70%
Frank Murkowski 70%
William Roth, Jr. 70%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 70%
Cass Ballenger 69%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 69%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 69%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 68%
Jim Bunning 68%
Larry Combest 68%
Jo Ann Emerson 68%
Elton Gallegly 68%
George Gekas 68%
James Greenwood 68%
James Hansen 68%
Rick Hill 68%
William Lewis Jenkins 68%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 68%
Ron Lewis 68%
John McHugh 68%
Jack Metcalf 68%
John Edward Porter 68%
Bob Riley 68%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 68%
William Thomas 68%
Wesley Watkins 68%
W. Curtis Weldon 68%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 68%
Bill Barrett 67%
Paul Gillmor 67%
Wally Herger, Jr. 67%
Rick Lazio 67%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 67%
Michael Oxley 67%
Kit Bond 65%
Ben Campbell 65%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 65%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 65%
Douglas Bereuter 64%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 64%
Gary Condit 64%
Merrill Cook 64%
Stephen Horn 64%
Sue Kelly 64%
James McCrery III 64%
Anne Northup 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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