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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Public Citizen's Congress Watch

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 9%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 12%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 27%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 45%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 25%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 55%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 9%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 88%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 45%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 82%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 73%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 82%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 36%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 27%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 55%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 55%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 45%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 36%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 64%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 36%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 91%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 64%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 45%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 12%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 75%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 18%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 36%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 36%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 64%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 55%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 9%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 25%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 64%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 27%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 12%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 27%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 18%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 38%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 73%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 55%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 9%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 55%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 38%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 55%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 75%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 64%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 18%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 45%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 45%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 18%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 73%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 45%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 9%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 36%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 62%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 88%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 36%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 45%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 27%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 55%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 55%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 64%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 82%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 73%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 82%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 36%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 75%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 27%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 55%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 27%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 55%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 64%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 36%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 73%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 55%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 73%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 18%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 55%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 82%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 18%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 25%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 27%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 27%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 50%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 45%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 91%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 36%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 55%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 45%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 36%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 64%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 36%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 75%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 36%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 73%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 27%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 18%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 27%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 27%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 18%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 73%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 12%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 36%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 27%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 45%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 45%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 62%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 62%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 9%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 55%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 73%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 73%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 73%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 45%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 91%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 75%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 55%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 12%
Gary Ackerman 45%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 75%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 64%
Rob Andrews 82%
Bill Archer 18%
Richard Armey 45%
John Ashcroft 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 36%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 55%
Bob Barr, Jr. 64%
Bill Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 45%
Charlie Bass 64%
Herbert Bateman 0%
Max Baucus 75%
Bob Bennett 25%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 27%
Douglas Bereuter 9%
Howard Berman 45%
Marion Berry 18%
Brian Bilbray 36%
Michael Bilirakis 27%
Jeff Bingaman 88%
Rod Blagojevich 82%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 9%
Sherwood Boehlert 27%
Kit Bond 12%
Henry Bonilla 9%
David Edward Bonior 55%
Robert Borski, Jr. 64%
Leonard Boswell 64%
Rick Boucher 27%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 18%
John Breaux 50%
George Brown, Jr. 45%
Richard Bryan 62%
Ed Bryant 27%

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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