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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Public Citizen's Congress Watch

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 58%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 42%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 8%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 27%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 83%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 33%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 26%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 17%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 16%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 8%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 75%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 58%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 58%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 74%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 26%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 8%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 21%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 74%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 83%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 74%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 84%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 26%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 17%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 83%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 37%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 32%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 17%
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 83%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 8%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 21%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 26%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 37%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 68%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 47%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 53%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 68%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 58%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 63%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 79%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 53%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 26%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 63%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 42%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 53%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 58%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 68%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 68%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 5%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 68%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 32%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 26%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 74%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 89%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 37%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 63%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 32%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 63%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 84%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 53%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 37%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 42%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 79%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 63%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 84%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 32%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 26%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 58%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 47%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 74%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 53%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 47%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 5%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 63%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 21%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 56%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 47%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 58%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 32%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 58%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 58%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 68%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 32%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 37%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 42%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 26%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 79%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 32%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 11%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 58%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 74%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 74%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 47%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 53%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 25%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 53%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 32%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 42%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 37%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 92%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 89%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 26%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 74%
Neil Abercrombie 63%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 42%
Gary Ackerman 58%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 83%
Wayne Allard 8%
Thomas Allen 68%
Rob Andrews 89%
Bill Archer 11%
Richard Armey 21%
John Ashcroft 17%
Spencer Bachus 47%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 63%
Bob Barr, Jr. 47%
Bill Barrett 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 37%
Charlie Bass 53%
Herbert Bateman 0%
Max Baucus 75%
Bob Bennett 33%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 32%
Douglas Bereuter 16%
Howard Berman 53%
Marion Berry 42%
Brian Bilbray 47%
Michael Bilirakis 26%
Jeff Bingaman 92%
Rod Blagojevich 79%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 37%
Kit Bond 33%
Henry Bonilla 11%
David Edward Bonior 74%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
Robert Borski, Jr. 68%
Leonard Boswell 53%
Rick Boucher 53%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 42%
John Breaux 58%
George Brown, Jr. 53%
Richard Bryan 75%
Ed Bryant 16%
Jim Bunning 21%
Conrad Burns 8%
Dan Burton 26%
Steve Buyer 16%
Robert Byrd 83%
Herbert Callahan 16%
Dave Camp 11%
Ben Campbell 17%
Thomas Campbell 58%
Chris Cannon 21%
Julia Carson 84%
Mike Castle 42%
John Chafee 50%
Saxby Chambliss 21%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 32%
William Clay, Sr. 63%
Eva Clayton 58%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 67%
Robert Clement 32%
Howard Coble 47%
Thomas Coburn 26%
Michael Collins 32%

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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