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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Consumer Federation of America

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 50%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 50%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 29%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 29%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 50%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 33%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 29%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 33%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 86%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 86%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 50%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 67%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 50%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 67%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 67%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 67%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 67%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 50%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 29%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 50%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 50%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 83%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 29%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 29%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 50%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 29%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 50%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 50%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 14%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 83%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 83%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 71%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 67%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 67%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 67%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 67%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 50%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 83%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 43%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 50%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 71%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 86%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 50%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 67%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 67%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 83%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 67%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 83%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 50%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 50%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 50%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 29%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 50%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 50%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 29%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 83%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 67%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 50%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 67%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 50%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 50%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 83%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 29%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 50%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 71%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 83%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 86%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 83%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 33%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 83%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 29%
Neil Abercrombie 100%
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%
Spencer Bachus 50%
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, Sr. 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%
John Boehner 50%
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%
Dave Camp 67%
Ben Campbell 29%
Thomas Campbell 33%
Chris Cannon 50%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 67%
John Chafee 43%
Saxby Chambliss 67%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 50%
Jon Lynn Christensen 50%
William Clay, Sr. 83%
Eva Clayton 83%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 71%
Robert Clement 50%
Howard Coble 50%
Thomas Coburn 33%
Michael Collins 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.

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