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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 97%
Pete Hoekstra 97%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 97%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 94%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 94%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 94%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 94%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 92%
Fred Thompson 92%
Stephen Largent 91%
Don Manzullo 91%
Scott McInnis 91%
Dan Miller 91%
James Ramstad 91%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 91%
John Shadegg 91%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 91%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 89%
Christopher Shays 89%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 88%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 88%
Rodney Grams 88%
Judd Gregg 88%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 88%
Jon Kyl 88%
Don Nickles 88%
Bob Smith 88%
James Talent 88%
Rick Santorum 87%
Richard Armey 86%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 86%
Christopher Cox 86%
Philip Crane 86%
Randall Cunningham 86%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 86%
Porter Goss 86%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 86%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 86%
Sue Myrick 86%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 86%
Nick Smith 86%
Todd Tiahrt 86%
Bob Barr, Jr. 85%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 85%
Joe Scarborough 85%
John Ashcroft 84%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 84%
Gilbert Gutknecht 84%
Kay Hutchison 84%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 84%
Craig Thomas 84%
John Warner 84%
Charlie Bass 83%
Michael Bilirakis 83%
Jim Bunning 83%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 83%
Van Hilleary 83%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 83%
Jack Metcalf 83%
Robert William Ney 83%
William Roth, Jr. 83%
Mark Souder 83%
Cliff Stearns 83%
Zach Wamp 83%
Wayne Allard 82%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 82%
William Phillip Gramm 82%
John Nathan Hostettler 82%
Bill Archer 80%
Steve Buyer 80%
Jay Dickey 80%
William Frist 80%
Joel Hefley 80%
Dick Lugar 80%
James Nussle 80%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 80%
Olympia Snowe 80%
Dan Burton 79%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 79%
Barbara Cubin 79%
John Doolittle 79%
Jennifer Dunn 79%
John Ganske 79%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 79%
David McIntosh 79%
John Edward Porter 79%
George Radanovich 78%
Roscoe Bartlett 77%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 77%
Michael Collins 77%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 77%
David Dreier 77%
Philip English 77%
William Goodling 77%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 77%
Wally Herger, Jr. 77%
David Lee Hobson 77%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 77%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 77%
Deborah Pryce 77%
Bob Stump 77%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 76%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 76%
Thomas DeLay 76%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 76%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 76%
W. Curtis Weldon 75%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 74%
Bill Barrett 74%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 74%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 74%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 74%
Mark Foley 74%
Robert Franks 74%
Duncan Hunter 74%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 74%
James Kolbe 74%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 74%
Richard Pombo 74%
E.G. Shuster 74%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 74%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 74%
Gerald Weller 74%
Elton Gallegly 73%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 73%
Bill Young 73%
Cass Ballenger 71%
Ed Bryant 71%
Larry Combest 71%
Thomas Ewing 71%
George Gekas 71%
James Hansen 71%
J. Dennis Hastert 71%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 71%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 71%
Bill McCollum 71%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 71%
Jim Saxton 71%
Floyd Spence 71%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 71%
Tillie Fowler 70%
Frank Murkowski 70%
Charles Taylor 70%
Brian Bilbray 69%
Terry Everett 69%
Paul Gillmor 69%
Ron Lewis 69%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 69%
John McHugh 69%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 69%
David Weldon 69%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 69%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 69%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 69%
Paul Coverdell 68%
Larry Craig 68%
Jesse Helms 68%
Henry Bonilla 67%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 67%
William Tauzin 67%
Douglas Bereuter 66%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 66%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 66%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 66%
Henry Hyde 66%
Sue Kelly 66%
Michael Oxley 66%
Ronald Packard 66%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 66%
Michael Patrick Forbes 65%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 64%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 64%
Herbert Callahan 63%
Thomas Campbell 63%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 63%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 63%
Steve LaTourette 63%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 63%
Jo Ann Emerson 62%
Rick Lazio 62%
Connie Mack 61%
Mike Castle 60%
John Chafee 60%
James Greenwood 60%
Herb Kohl 60%
Ray LaHood 60%
Trent Lott, Sr. 60%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 60%
Ralph Regula 60%
Arlen Specter 60%
William Thomas 60%
Richard Hugh Baker 59%
James McCrery III 58%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 58%
Gary Condit 57%
Thomas Davis III 57%
Wayne Gilchrest 57%
Joseph Knollenberg 57%
Conrad Burns 56%
Russ Feingold 56%

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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