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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Public Citizen's Congress Watch

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
Robert Torricelli 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
Patrick Kennedy 95%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 95%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
Lynn Woolsey 95%
Jeff Bingaman 92%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 92%
Frank Lautenberg 92%
Rob Andrews 89%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 89%
Bill Delahunt 89%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 89%
Maurice Hinchey 89%
Gerald Kleczka 89%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 89%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 89%
Bob Weygand 89%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 84%
Julia Carson 84%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 84%
Barney Frank 84%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 84%
Dennis Kucinich 84%
Tom Lantos 84%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 84%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 84%
Dave Obey 84%
John Olver 84%
Major Owens 84%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 84%
Steve Rothman 84%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 84%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 83%
Robert Byrd 83%
Kent Conrad 83%
Byron Dorgan 83%
Russ Feingold 83%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 83%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 83%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 83%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 83%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 83%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 83%
Paul Sarbanes 83%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
Rod Blagojevich 79%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 79%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 79%
Lane Evans 79%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 79%
Bob Filner 79%
Sam Gejdenson 79%
William Lipinski 79%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 79%
Martin Meehan 79%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 79%
Pete Stark 79%
Bruce Vento 79%
Max Baucus 75%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 75%
Richard Bryan 75%
Bob Kerrey 75%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 75%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 75%
Joe Lieberman 75%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 75%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 75%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 74%
David Edward Bonior 74%
Gary Condit 74%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 74%
Dale Kildee 74%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 74%
William Luther 74%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 74%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 74%
Ron Paul 74%
Donald Payne 74%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 74%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 74%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 74%
Robert Wexler 74%
Thomas Allen 68%
Robert Borski, Jr. 68%
William Coyne 68%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 68%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 68%
Robert Franks 68%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 68%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 68%
James Maloney 68%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 68%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 68%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 68%
Martin Olav Sabo 68%
Christopher Shays 68%
Ted Strickland 68%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 68%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 68%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 67%
Thomas Daschle 67%
Chris Dodd 67%
Patrick Moynihan 67%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 63%
James Barcia 63%
William Clay, Sr. 63%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 63%
Peter Deutsch 63%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 63%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 63%
Darlene Hooley 63%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 63%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 63%
John LaFalce 63%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 63%
Frank Mascara 63%
Michael McNulty 63%
John Moakley 63%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 63%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 63%
Bart Stupak 63%
Gene Taylor 63%
Gary Ackerman 58%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 58%
John Breaux 58%
Thomas Campbell 58%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 58%
Eva Clayton 58%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 58%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 58%
Jerry Costello 58%
Patsy Ann Danner 58%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 58%
Jim Gibbons 58%
Daniel Graham 58%
Stephen Horn 58%
Herb Kohl 58%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 58%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 58%
Jack Metcalf 58%
Constance Morella 58%
Jim Oberstar 58%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 58%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 58%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 58%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 58%
Joe Scarborough 58%
Olympia Snowe 58%
John Spratt, Jr. 58%
Ellen Tauscher 58%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 56%
Charlie Bass 53%
Howard Berman 53%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 53%
Leonard Boswell 53%
Rick Boucher 53%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 53%
George Brown, Jr. 53%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 53%
Michael Patrick Forbes 53%
John Ganske 53%
Joel Hefley 53%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 53%
Thomas Holden 53%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 53%
Sue Kelly 53%
Ronald Klink 53%
Nicholas Lampson 53%
Karen McCarthy 53%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 53%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 53%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 53%
Jack Quinn 53%
James Ramstad 53%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 53%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 53%
Mark Souder 53%
Cliff Stearns 53%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 53%
Zach Wamp 53%
W. Curtis Weldon 53%
John Chafee 50%

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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