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Rating Group: Public Citizen's Congress Watch

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Robert Dole 730%
Ronald Dellums 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
Patrick Moynihan 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 96%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 96%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 96%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
Bill Bradley 95%
Russ Feingold 95%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 95%
Frank Lautenberg 95%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 92%
Maurice Hinchey 92%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 92%
Major Owens 92%
Pete Stark 92%
Louis Stokes 92%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 92%
Lynn Woolsey 92%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 91%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
Dale Bumpers 90%
Robert Byrd 90%
John Glenn 90%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 90%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 90%
Robert Borski, Jr. 88%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
William Coyne 88%
Lane Evans 88%
Andrew Jacobs, Jr. 88%
Dale Kildee 88%
Tom Lantos 88%
William Luther 88%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 88%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86%
Richard Bryan 86%
Thomas Daschle 86%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 86%
Daniel Graham 86%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 86%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 86%
Paul Simon 86%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86%
David Edward Bonior 84%
William Clay, Sr. 84%
Jerry Costello 84%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 84%
Thomas Foglietta 84%
Elizabeth Furse 84%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 84%
Joseph Kennedy II 84%
Patrick Kennedy 84%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 84%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 84%
Jim Oberstar 84%
Donald Payne 84%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 84%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 84%
Martin Olav Sabo 84%
Bruce Vento 84%
Sidney Yates 84%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 82%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 82%
Jeff Bingaman 81%
Kent Conrad 81%
Byron Dorgan 81%
Bob Kerrey 81%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 81%
Charles Robb 81%
Anthony Beilenson 80%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
Eva Clayton 80%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 80%
Barney Frank 80%
Sam Gejdenson 80%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 80%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 80%
Paul Kanjorski 80%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 80%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 80%
Paul McHale 80%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 80%
Dave Obey 80%
John Olver 80%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 80%
Pat Schroeder 80%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 80%
Gerry Studds 80%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 80%
Max Baucus 76%
Julian Dixon 76%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 76%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 76%
Harry Johnston 76%
Gerald Kleczka 76%
Ronald Klink 76%
Herb Kohl 76%
John LaFalce 76%
William Lipinski 76%
Martin Meehan 76%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 76%
David Pryor 76%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 76%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 76%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 76%
Esteban Edward Torres 76%
Albert Wynn 76%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 73%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 73%
Howard Berman 73%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 73%
John Bryant 73%
Thomas Campbell 73%
Barbara-Rose Collins 73%
Peter Deutsch 73%
Norm Dicks 73%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 73%
Robert Matsui 73%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 73%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 73%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 73%
David Skaggs 73%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 73%
Bart Stupak 73%
Ed Towns 73%
Mel Watt 73%
Bob Wise, Jr. 73%
William Cohen 71%
Jim Exon 71%
Wendell Ford 71%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 71%
Ernest Hollings 71%
Joe Lieberman 71%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 71%
Gary Ackerman 69%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 69%
George Brown, Jr. 69%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 69%
Cardiss Collins 69%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 69%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 69%
Cleo Fields 69%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 69%
Matthew Martinez 69%
Karen McCarthy 69%
Carrie Meek 69%
Glenn Poshard 69%
Michael Ward 69%
Chris Dodd 67%
Daniel Inouye 67%
Clay Pell 67%
Rob Andrews 65%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 65%
Bob Filner 65%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 65%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 65%
William Jefferson 65%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 65%
Thomas Manton 65%
Frank Mascara 65%
Earl Pomeroy 65%
Karen Thurman 65%
Carol Moseley Braun 62%
Floyd Flake 61%
Sam Gibbons 61%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 61%
Tony Hall 61%
Michael McNulty 61%
David Minge 61%
John Moakley 61%
Alan Mollohan 61%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 61%
Christopher Shays 61%
John Spratt, Jr. 61%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 60%
Henry Scott Baesler 57%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 57%
Ronald Coleman 57%
Victor Fazio 57%
Jane Harman 57%
Stephen Horn 57%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 57%
Constance Morella 57%
Jack Murtha 57%
Bill Orton 57%
Bill Richardson 57%

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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