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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Public Citizen's Congress Watch

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 83%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 91%
Todd Akin 17%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
Rodney Alexander 17%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 0%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 67%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
Brian Baird 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 100%
Cass Ballenger 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 17%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 33%
Max Baucus 36%
Evan Bayh 64%
Bob Beauprez 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Chris Bell 67%
Bob Bennett 0%
Douglas Bereuter 0%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 83%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 64%
Judy Biggert 0%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 91%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 33%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
Leonard Boswell 67%
Rick Boucher 33%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 33%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 83%
John Breaux 18%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Max Burns 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 17%
Dan Burton 33%
Steve Buyer 17%
Robert Byrd 73%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
Ben Campbell 18%
Chris Cannon 0%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 91%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Dennis Cardoza 67%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 45%
Brad Carson 50%
Julia Carson 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
Edward Case 83%
Mike Castle 33%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 17%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 55%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Chris Chocola 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 91%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 17%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
Norm Coleman 0%
Michael Collins 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 55%
Kent Conrad 45%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 83%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
Jon Corzine 82%
Jerry Costello 67%
Christopher Cox 0%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 0%
Philip Crane 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 17%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Thomas Daschle 73%
Artur Davis 67%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 100%
Jo Ann Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 33%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
Thomas Davis III 0%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 83%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 33%
Peter Deutsch 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 17%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 0%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 82%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 17%
John Doolittle 33%
Byron Dorgan 45%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 33%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
Jennifer Dunn 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
John Edwards 45%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 17%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 83%
Jo Ann Emerson 17%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 17%
John Ensign 18%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
Bob Etheridge 100%
Lane Evans 83%
Terry Everett 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 67%
Tom Feeney 17%
Russ Feingold 82%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 73%
Michael Ferguson 0%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 9%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 67%
Mark Foley 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
Harold Ford, Jr. 83%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 17%
Barney Frank 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 17%
William Frist 9%
Jonas Frost III 83%
Elton Gallegly 0%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 17%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 50%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 0%
Jim Gibbons 0%
Wayne Gilchrest 17%
Paul Gillmor 0%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 17%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
Bart Gordon 50%
Porter Goss 0%
Daniel Graham 73%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%

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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