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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 73%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 65%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 80%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 68%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 71%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 89%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 14%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 20%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 71%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 43%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 57%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 96%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 26%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 21%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 15%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 75%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 14%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 71%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 71%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 71%
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 21%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 82%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 14%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 85%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 20%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 68%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 61%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 10%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 14%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 18%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 14%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 75%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 25%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 80%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 79%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 90%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 70%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 68%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 43%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 20%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 25%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 29%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 21%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 29%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 5%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 32%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 18%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 21%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 70%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 25%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 15%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 25%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 64%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 75%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 21%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 23%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 46%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 71%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 60%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 61%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 14%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 32%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 10%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 71%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 82%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 14%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 86%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 21%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 82%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 70%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 29%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 32%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 75%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 20%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 31%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 48%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 43%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 21%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 22%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 12%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 32%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 89%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 73%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 19%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 96%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 14%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 75%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 80%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 81%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 61%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 30%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 15%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 32%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 7%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 36%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 89%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 20%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 75%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 14%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 15%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 71%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 69%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 61%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 71%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 19%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 68%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 39%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 63%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 14%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 75%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 21%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 75%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 15%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 25%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 5%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 75%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 14%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 32%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 43%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 93%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 82%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 39%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 21%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 85%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 80%
Gary Ackerman 4%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Wayne Allard 90%
Thomas Allen 25%
Rob Andrews 52%
Bill Archer 86%
Richard Armey 93%
John Ashcroft 90%
Richard Hugh Baker 61%
Cass Ballenger 69%
James Barcia 39%
Bob Barr, Jr. 93%
Bill Barrett 67%
Roscoe Bartlett 79%
Charlie Bass 89%
Herbert Bateman 44%
Max Baucus 15%
Bob Bennett 63%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 15%
Douglas Bereuter 64%
Howard Berman 13%
Marion Berry 39%
Brian Bilbray 75%
Michael Bilirakis 71%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
Rod Blagojevich 39%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 63%
Sherwood Boehlert 44%
Kit Bond 65%
Henry Bonilla 59%
David Edward Bonior 12%
Robert Borski, Jr. 15%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Rick Boucher 8%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 25%
John Breaux 25%
Richard Bryan 30%
Ed Bryant 79%
Jim Bunning 68%
Conrad Burns 74%
Dan Burton 78%

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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