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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Consumer Federation of America

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 23%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 21%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 23%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 43%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matthew Salmon Republican 15%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 85%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 79%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 23%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 23%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 8%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 69%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 54%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 31%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 15%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 15%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 62%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 85%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 31%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 85%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 64%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 23%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 8%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 77%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 92%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 21%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 92%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 25%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 31%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 15%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 14%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 23%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 15%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 77%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 77%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 86%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 23%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 31%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 54%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 85%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 7%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 15%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 85%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 71%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 86%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 8%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 8%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 23%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 46%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 46%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 92%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 62%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 93%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 38%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 92%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 23%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 23%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 8%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 69%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 31%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 92%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 29%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 7%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 23%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 8%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 92%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 85%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 31%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 23%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 77%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 69%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 8%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 8%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 69%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 92%
TX U.S. House 36 Steve Stockman Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 14%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 85%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 31%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 69%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 31%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 85%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 71%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 8%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 85%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 15%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 23%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 85%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 71%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 77%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 21%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86%
Wayne Allard 8%
Rob Andrews 92%
Bill Archer 15%
Richard Armey 15%
John Ashcroft 14%
Henry Scott Baesler 77%
Richard Hugh Baker 23%
William Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 8%
James Barcia 69%
Robert Barr, Jr. 15%
Bill Barrett 15%
Roscoe Bartlett 15%
Charlie Bass 23%
Herbert Bateman 23%
Max Baucus 71%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Bob Bennett 14%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 77%
Douglas Bereuter 31%
Howard Berman 85%
Tom Bevill 38%
Brian Bilbray 54%
Michael Bilirakis 23%
Jeff Bingaman 86%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 15%
Peter Blute 13%
Sherwood Boehlert 69%
Kit Bond 21%
Henry Bonilla 23%
David Edward Bonior 85%
Sonny Bono 15%
Robert Borski, Jr. 92%
Rick Boucher 77%
Bill Bradley 88%
John Breaux 71%
Bill Brewster 19%
Glen Browder 25%
George Brown, Jr. 85%
Hank Brown 0%
Richard Bryan 86%
Ed Bryant 15%
John Bryant 75%
Dale Bumpers 86%
Jim Bunn 31%
Jim Bunning 15%
Conrad Burns 14%
Dan Burton 15%
Steve Buyer 23%
Robert Byrd 86%
Herbert Callahan 15%
Ben Campbell 29%
Thomas Campbell 38%
Mike Castle 54%
John Chafee 50%
Jim Chapman 31%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
Jon Lynn Christensen 15%
Dick Chrysler 6%
William Clay, Sr. 77%
Eva Clayton 85%
Robert Clement 77%
William Clinger 13%
William Cohen 63%

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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