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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Consumer Federation of America

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 10%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 40%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 10%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 70%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 20%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 80%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 30%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 20%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 20%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 20%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 33%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 80%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 20%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 30%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 75%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 20%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 30%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 20%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 20%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 20%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 10%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 80%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 50%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 90%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 80%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 20%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 80%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 20%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 10%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 80%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 30%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 20%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 60%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 30%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 70%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 50%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 20%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 90%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 80%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 20%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 40%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 20%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 20%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 70%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 20%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 80%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 40%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 90%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 20%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 67%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 70%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 10%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 70%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 30%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 70%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 90%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 20%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 70%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 80%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 60%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 20%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 30%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 80%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 70%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 80%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 30%
Gary Ackerman 89%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 90%
Wayne Allard 10%
Thomas Allen 90%
Rob Andrews 70%
Bill Archer 20%
Richard Armey 20%
John Ashcroft 10%
Richard Hugh Baker 20%
Cass Ballenger 30%
James Barcia 70%
Bob Barr, Jr. 20%
Bill Barrett 30%
Roscoe Bartlett 20%
Charlie Bass 50%
Herbert Bateman 10%
Max Baucus 70%
Bob Bennett 20%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 60%
Douglas Bereuter 30%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 40%
Brian Bilbray 50%
Michael Bilirakis 20%
Jeff Bingaman 80%
Rod Blagojevich 90%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 20%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
Kit Bond 30%
Henry Bonilla 20%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 13%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 60%
John Breaux 60%

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.

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