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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Public Citizen's Congress Watch

1999-2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 13%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 17%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 8%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 7%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 33%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 7%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 75%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 27%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 13%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 73%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 27%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 13%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 15%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 73%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 33%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 17%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 8%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 7%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 8%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 13%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 17%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 8%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 73%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 83%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 73%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 73%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 93%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 93%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 7%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 8%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 7%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 87%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 67%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 83%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 33%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 53%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 73%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 27%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 67%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 93%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 80%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 7%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 87%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 13%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 80%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 8%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 8%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 13%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 75%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 13%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 73%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 7%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 87%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 87%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 13%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 47%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 33%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 87%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 13%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 47%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 67%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 73%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 67%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 13%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 75%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 58%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 53%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 67%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 80%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 87%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 13%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 73%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 13%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 93%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 17%
Gary Ackerman 80%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 83%
Wayne Allard 8%
Thomas Allen 73%
Rob Andrews 100%
Bill Archer 13%
Richard Armey 7%
John Ashcroft 8%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
Spencer Bachus 20%
Brian Baird 87%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 13%
James Barcia 73%
Bob Barr, Jr. 33%
Bill Barrett 7%
Roscoe Bartlett 20%
Charlie Bass 13%
Herbert Bateman 7%
Max Baucus 75%
Evan Bayh 67%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 67%
Douglas Bereuter 13%
Shelley Berkley 87%
Howard Berman 87%
Marion Berry 60%
Judy Biggert 0%
Brian Bilbray 40%
Michael Bilirakis 20%
Jeff Bingaman 67%
Rod Blagojevich 87%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 47%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 7%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 7%
Robert Borski, Jr. 87%
Leonard Boswell 73%
Rick Boucher 67%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 53%
John Breaux 42%
Richard Bryan 75%
Ed Bryant 13%
Jim Bunning 17%
Conrad Burns 17%

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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