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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Consumer Federation of America

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Howard Berman 100%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
Julia Carson 100%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Tony Hall 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
Ronald Klink 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
Jim Oberstar 100%
John Olver 100%
Major Owens 100%
Donald Payne 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 90%
Thomas Allen 90%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 90%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
Rod Blagojevich 90%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
Robert Byrd 90%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 90%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
Jerry Costello 90%
William Coyne 90%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
Julian Dixon 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
Lane Evans 90%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
Russ Feingold 90%
Sam Gejdenson 90%
Daniel Inouye 90%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 90%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 90%
Paul Kanjorski 90%
Dale Kildee 90%
Dennis Kucinich 90%
John LaFalce 90%
Frank Lautenberg 90%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
William Luther 90%
Karen McCarthy 90%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 90%
Michael McNulty 90%
Carrie Meek 90%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 90%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 90%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 90%
Patrick Moynihan 90%
Dave Obey 90%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 90%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 90%
Paul Sarbanes 90%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 90%
Karen Thurman 90%
Robert Torricelli 90%
Ed Towns 90%
Bruce Vento 90%
Lynn Woolsey 90%
Gary Ackerman 89%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 89%
Nicholas Lampson 89%
Martin Meehan 89%
John Moakley 89%
Jack Murtha 89%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 89%
Robert Wexler 89%
Harold Ford, Jr. 88%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 88%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 80%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 80%
Jeff Bingaman 80%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 80%
Richard Bryan 80%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
Eva Clayton 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
Thomas Daschle 80%
Chris Dodd 80%
Byron Dorgan 80%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
Daniel Graham 80%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 80%
Patrick Kennedy 80%
Bob Kerrey 80%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 80%
Herb Kohl 80%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 80%
Tom Lantos 80%
Joe Lieberman 80%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 80%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 80%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 80%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 80%
Steve Rothman 80%
Martin Olav Sabo 80%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 80%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 80%
Bart Stupak 80%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 80%
Mel Watt 80%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 78%
Barney Frank 78%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 78%
William Lipinski 78%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 78%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 75%
Rob Andrews 70%
James Barcia 70%
Max Baucus 70%
Kent Conrad 70%
Norm Dicks 70%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 70%
Jonas Frost III 70%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 70%
Darlene Hooley 70%
William Jefferson 70%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 70%
James Maloney 70%
Frank Mascara 70%
Robert Matsui 70%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 70%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 70%
Constance Morella 70%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 70%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 70%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 70%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 70%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 70%
Silvestre Reyes 70%
Ciro Rodriguez 70%
Timothy Roemer 70%
Marge Roukema 70%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 70%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 70%
Vic Snyder 70%
Ted Strickland 70%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 70%
Bob Weygand 70%
Bob Wise, Jr. 70%
Albert Wynn 70%
Peter Deutsch 67%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 67%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 60%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 60%
John Breaux 60%
John Chafee 60%
Robert Clement 60%
Chet Edwards 60%
Michael Patrick Forbes 60%
Bart Gordon 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.

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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