Rating Group: Consumer Federation of America

1997 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 71%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 29%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 29%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 29%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 86%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 86%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 67%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 29%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 71%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 50%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 71%
IN U.S. Senate-Sr Daniel Coats R 29%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 29%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 50%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 14%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 71%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 100%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 71%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 100%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 43%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 86%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 67%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 50%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 43%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 50%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 50%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 83%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 86%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 100%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 83%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 50%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 29%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 33%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 86%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 100%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 50%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 86%
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 50%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 29%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 71%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 86%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 71%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 29%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 50%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 50%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 50%
AZ U.S. House-5 Matt Salmon R 33%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 67%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 100%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 83%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 83%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 83%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 83%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 67%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 83%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 83%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 100%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 33%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 100%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 50%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 100%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 83%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 33%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 100%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 67%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 50%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 67%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 67%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 50%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 67%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 100%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 50%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 67%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 100%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 100%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 50%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 83%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 50%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 50%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 83%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 83%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 100%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 67%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 100%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 67%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 67%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 67%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 83%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 100%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 67%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 83%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 50%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 67%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 50%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 67%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 50%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 67%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 100%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 83%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 67%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 50%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 67%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 100%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 100%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 83%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 100%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 83%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 83%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 100%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 50%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 50%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 100%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 50%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 83%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 83%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 100%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 67%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 50%
SC U.S. House-1 Mark Sanford, Jr. R 50%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 67%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 50%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 50%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 50%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 50%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 50%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 50%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 50%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 100%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 83%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 50%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 83%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 83%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 50%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 83%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 80%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 50%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 67%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 67%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 50%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 100%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 83%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 83%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 33%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 50%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 83%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 50%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 29%
OH Governor John Kasich R 50%
OH State Senate-28 Thomas Sawyer D 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 29%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 67%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 29%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 86%
WI Mayor-At-Large Tom Barrett D 83%
ME Councilor-At-Large John Baldacci D 67%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 29%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86%
Wayne Allard 29%
Thomas Allen 67%
Rob Andrews 83%
Bill Archer 50%
Richard Armey 50%
John Ashcroft 14%
Henry Scott Baesler 83%
Richard Hugh Baker 50%
Cass Ballenger 33%
James Barcia 67%
Bob Barr, Jr. 50%
Bill Barrett 50%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
Charlie Bass 50%
Herbert Bateman 50%
Max Baucus 71%
Bob Bennett 14%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 83%
Douglas Bereuter 50%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 67%
Brian Bilbray 67%
Michael Bilirakis 50%
Jeff Bingaman 57%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 50%
Sherwood Boehlert 67%
Kit Bond 29%
Henry Bonilla 50%
David Edward Bonior 67%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Leonard Boswell 100%
Rick Boucher 83%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 67%
John Breaux 71%
George Brown, Jr. 83%
Richard Bryan 57%
Ed Bryant 33%
Dale Bumpers 71%
Jim Bunning 50%
Conrad Burns 29%
Dan Burton 50%
Steve Buyer 50%
Robert Byrd 86%
Herbert Callahan 50%
Ben Campbell 29%
Thomas Campbell 33%
Chris Cannon 50%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 67%
John Chafee 43%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 50%
Jon Lynn Christensen 50%
William Clay, Sr. 83%
Eva Clayton 83%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 71%
Robert Clement 50%
Michael Collins 50%
Larry Combest 50%
Gary Condit 67%
Kent Conrad 86%
Merrill Cook 50%
John Cooksey 50%
Jerry Costello 50%
Paul Coverdell 29%
Christopher Cox 50%
William Coyne 83%
Larry Craig 29%
Robert Cramer 67%
Philip Crane 33%
Barbara Cubin 50%
Randall Cunningham 50%
Alfonse D'Amato 29%
Patsy Ann Danner 67%
Thomas Daschle 86%
James Davis 67%
Thomas Davis III 50%
Bill Delahunt 83%
Thomas DeLay 33%
Peter Deutsch 67%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 67%
Jay Dickey 50%
Norm Dicks 83%
Julian Dixon 83%
Chris Dodd 71%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 29%
Calvin Dooley 67%
John Doolittle 33%
Byron Dorgan 86%
David Dreier 50%
Jennifer Dunn 50%
Chet Edwards 67%
Vern Ehlers 50%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 50%
Philip English 50%
John Ensign 67%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 50%
Thomas Ewing 67%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 14%
Harris Fawell 67%
Victor Fazio 83%
Russ Feingold 71%
Bob Filner 83%
Mark Foley 50%
Michael Patrick Forbes 67%
Harold Ford, Jr. 83%
Wendell Ford 86%
Tillie Fowler 67%
Jon David Fox 67%
Barney Frank 83%
Robert Franks 67%
William Frist 29%
Jonas Frost III 67%
Elizabeth Furse 100%
Elton Gallegly 50%
John Ganske 50%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
George Gekas 50%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Jim Gibbons 80%
Wayne Gilchrest 67%
Paul Gillmor 50%
Benjamin Gilman 67%
John Glenn 71%
Henry Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 50%
William Goodling 50%
Bart Gordon 67%
Slade Gorton 29%
Porter Goss 50%
Daniel Graham 71%
William Phillip Gramm 14%
Rodney Grams 14%
James Greenwood 67%
Judd Gregg 29%
Gilbert Gutknecht 50%
Tony Hall 67%
Lee Hamilton 83%
James Hansen 50%
Jane Harman 83%
J. Dennis Hastert 50%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 50%
Joel Hefley 50%
W.G. Hefner 67%
Jesse Helms 14%
Wally Herger, Jr. 50%
Rick Hill 33%
Van Hilleary 50%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 67%
Maurice Hinchey 83%
David Lee Hobson 50%
Pete Hoekstra 33%
Thomas Holden 67%
Ernest Hollings 86%
Darlene Hooley 83%
Stephen Horn 67%
John Nathan Hostettler 33%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 67%
Kenny Hulshof 67%
Duncan Hunter 50%
Asa Hutchinson 50%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 29%
Kay Hutchison 29%
Henry Hyde 67%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 50%
Daniel Inouye 86%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 33%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 83%
James Merrill Jeffords 43%
William Lewis Jenkins 50%
Christopher John 67%
Jay Johnson 67%
Nancy Johnson 67%
Paul Kanjorski 83%
Sue Kelly 67%
Dirk Kempthorne 29%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 71%
Joseph Kennedy II 100%
Patrick Kennedy 83%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 100%
Bob Kerrey 57%
Dale Kildee 67%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 67%
Jay Kim 50%
Gerald Kleczka 83%
Ronald Klink 100%
Scott Klug 67%
Joseph Knollenberg 50%
Herb Kohl 43%
James Kolbe 50%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
Jon Kyl 14%
John LaFalce 100%
Ray LaHood 67%
Nicholas Lampson 83%
Tom Lantos 83%
Stephen Largent 50%
Steve LaTourette 67%
Frank Lautenberg 86%
Rick Lazio 50%
James Leach 67%
Jerry Lewis 67%
Ron Lewis 50%
Joe Lieberman 86%
John Linder 50%
William Lipinski 67%
Robert Livingston 50%
Trent Lott, Sr. 29%
Dick Lugar 29%
William Luther 83%
Connie Mack 29%
James Maloney 100%
Thomas Manton 83%
Don Manzullo 33%
Matthew Martinez 83%
Frank Mascara 67%
Robert Matsui 83%
Karen McCarthy 100%
Bill McCollum 67%
James McCrery III 67%
Joseph McDade 50%
Paul McHale 100%
John McHugh 50%
Scott McInnis 50%
David McIntosh 50%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Michael McNulty 83%
Martin Meehan 100%
Carrie Meek 83%
Jack Metcalf 33%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 83%
Dan Miller 50%
David Minge 67%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 100%
John Moakley 83%
Alan Mollohan 67%
Constance Morella 50%
Carol Moseley Braun 57%
Patrick Moynihan 71%
Frank Murkowski 29%
Jack Murtha 67%
Sue Myrick 50%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 67%
Mark Neumann 33%
Robert William Ney 83%
Don Nickles 29%
Anne Northup 50%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 50%
James Nussle 50%
Jim Oberstar 83%
Dave Obey 83%
John Olver 83%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 83%
Major Owens 100%
Michael Oxley 50%
Ronald Packard 50%
Michael Pappas 50%
Mike Parker 50%
Ron Paul 33%
William Paxon 50%
Donald Payne 83%
Edward Pease 50%
John Peterson 50%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 50%
Owen Pickett 67%
Richard Pombo 50%
Earl Pomeroy 50%
John Edward Porter 67%
Glenn Poshard 67%
Deborah Pryce 67%
Jack Quinn 67%
George Radanovich 50%
James Ramstad 67%
Bill Redmond 25%
Ralph Regula 67%
Silvestre Reyes 83%
Frank Riggs 50%
Bob Riley 50%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 83%
Charles Robb 71%
Ciro Rodriguez 75%
Timothy Roemer 83%
James Rogan 50%
William Roth, Jr. 43%
Steve Rothman 100%
Marge Roukema 50%
Jim Ryun 50%
Martin Olav Sabo 83%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 67%
Rick Santorum 29%
Paul Sarbanes 86%
Jim Saxton 50%
Joe Scarborough 33%
Daniel Schaefer 50%
Robert Schaffer 50%
John Shadegg 50%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 50%
Christopher Shays 83%
E.G. Shuster 50%
Norman Sisisky 67%
David Skaggs 100%
Joseph Skeen 50%
Ike Skelton 67%
Gordon Smith 29%
Linda Smith 50%
Nick Smith 50%
Robert Smith 50%
Bob Smith 29%
Vincent Snowbarger 50%
Olympia Snowe 43%
Vic Snyder 67%
Gerald B.H. Solomon 50%
Mark Souder 50%
Arlen Specter 57%
Floyd Spence 50%
John Spratt, Jr. 67%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 50%
Charles Stenholm 67%
Ted Stevens 29%
Louis Stokes 83%
Ted Strickland 83%
Bob Stump 33%
Bart Stupak 67%
John Sununu 50%
James Talent 67%
John Tanner 67%
Ellen Tauscher 83%
William Tauzin 67%
Charles Taylor 50%
Gene Taylor 50%
Craig Thomas 29%
William Thomas 50%
Fred Thompson 43%
Karen Thurman 83%
Strom Thurmond 29%
Todd Tiahrt 50%
Esteban Edward Torres 67%
Robert Torricelli 71%
Ed Towns 50%
James Traficant, Jr. 67%
James Turner 67%
Bruce Vento 83%
James Walsh 67%
Zach Wamp 50%
John Warner 29%
Wesley Watkins 50%
Mel Watt 83%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 33%
David Weldon 33%
W. Curtis Weldon 67%
Gerald Weller 33%
Paul Wellstone 86%
Robert Wexler 67%
Bob Weygand 83%
Rick White 67%
Bob Wise, Jr. 67%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Albert Wynn 67%
Sidney Yates 100%
Bill Young 50%

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.