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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Student Association

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 116%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bill Bradley 100%
John Bryant 100%
Barbara-Rose Collins 100%
Cardiss Collins 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
William Coyne 100%
Ronald Dellums 100%
Julian Dixon 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Cleo Fields 100%
Thomas Foglietta 100%
Barney Frank 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Harry Johnston 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Matthew Martinez 100%
Robert Matsui 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Carrie Meek 100%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 100%
John Olver 100%
Donald Payne 100%
Clay Pell 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
Charles Rose III 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
Gerry Studds 100%
Esteban Edward Torres 100%
Ed Towns 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Pat Williams 98%
Paul Simon 96%
Thomas Daschle 92%
Gary Ackerman 91%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 91%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 91%
David Edward Bonior 91%
Sonny Bono 91%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 91%
Eva Clayton 91%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 91%
Lane Evans 91%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
Sam Gejdenson 91%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 91%
Maurice Hinchey 91%
Daniel Inouye 91%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 91%
William Jefferson 91%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 91%
Joseph Kennedy II 91%
Bob Kerrey 91%
John LaFalce 91%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 91%
Alan Mollohan 91%
Patrick Moynihan 91%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 91%
Jim Oberstar 91%
Major Owens 91%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 91%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 91%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 91%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 91%
David Skaggs 91%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 91%
Pete Stark 91%
Frank Tejeda 91%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 91%
Mel Watt 91%
Anthony Beilenson 89%
Ronald Coleman 89%
Sam Gibbons 89%
Pat Schroeder 89%
Charles Wilson 89%
Chris Dodd 87%
Mark Hatfield 87%
Paul Wellstone 87%
David Pryor 83%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 82%
Jeff Bingaman 82%
Robert Borski, Jr. 82%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 82%
Dale Bumpers 82%
William Clay, Sr. 82%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 82%
Russ Feingold 82%
Floyd Flake 82%
John Glenn 82%
Henry Gonzalez 82%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 82%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 82%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 82%
Frank Lautenberg 82%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 82%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 82%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 82%
Paul Sarbanes 82%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 82%
Louis Stokes 82%
Bruce Vento 82%
Bob Wise, Jr. 82%
Albert Wynn 82%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 80%
Blanche Lincoln 78%
Pete Peterson 78%
Harold Volkmer 78%
E. Kika de la Garza 75%
Andrew Jacobs, Jr. 75%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 74%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 73%
Rick Boucher 73%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 73%
Kent Conrad 73%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 73%
Norm Dicks 73%
Byron Dorgan 73%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 73%
Victor Fazio 73%
Bob Filner 73%
Jonas Frost III 73%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 73%
Ernest Hollings 73%
Dale Kildee 73%
Gerald Kleczka 73%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 73%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 73%
Joe Lieberman 73%
Michael McNulty 73%
Martin Meehan 73%
Carol Moseley Braun 73%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 73%
Earl Pomeroy 73%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 73%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 73%
Bill Richardson 73%
Charles Robb 73%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 73%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 73%
Bart Stupak 73%
Sidney Yates 73%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 71%
James Merrill Jeffords 70%
Tom Bevill 67%
Steven Gunderson 67%
G.V. Montgomery 67%
Lewis Payne, Jr. 67%
Ray Thornton 67%
Olympia Snowe 65%
Arlen Specter 65%
James Barcia 64%
Max Baucus 64%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 64%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 64%
Richard Bryan 64%
Robert Byrd 64%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 64%
Calvin Dooley 64%
Chet Edwards 64%
Wendell Ford 64%
Elizabeth Furse 64%
Daniel Graham 64%
Tony Hall 64%
Jane Harman 64%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 64%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 64%
Ronald Klink 64%
Herb Kohl 64%
William Luther 64%
Thomas Manton 64%
Karen McCarthy 64%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 64%

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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