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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Council of Senior Citizens

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 89%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 20%
Gary Ackerman 90%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 33%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 10%
Thomas Allen 89%
Rob Andrews 67%
Bill Archer 33%
Richard Armey 33%
John Ashcroft 10%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 40%
Henry Scott Baesler 80%
Richard Hugh Baker 40%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 90%
Cass Ballenger 40%
James Barcia 60%
Bob Barr, Jr. 20%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 80%
Bill Barrett 40%
Roscoe Bartlett 40%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 30%
Charlie Bass 30%
Herbert Bateman 50%
Max Baucus 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
Bob Bennett 10%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 80%
Douglas Bereuter 50%
Howard Berman 90%
Marion Berry 90%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
Brian Bilbray 40%
Michael Bilirakis 40%
Jeff Bingaman 78%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 70%
Rod Blagojevich 90%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 30%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 40%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 40%
Kit Bond 20%
Henry Bonilla 50%
David Edward Bonior 90%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 60%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 30%
John Breaux 30%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 89%
George Brown, Jr. 90%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 89%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 10%
Richard Bryan 50%
Ed Bryant 50%
Dale Bumpers 80%
Jim Bunning 40%
Conrad Burns 10%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 50%
Dan Burton 33%
Steve Buyer 40%
Robert Byrd 100%
Herbert Callahan 40%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 40%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 40%
Ben Campbell 10%
Thomas Campbell 30%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 40%
Chris Cannon 40%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
Julia Carson 90%
Mike Castle 30%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 40%
John Chafee 10%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 30%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 40%
Jon Lynn Christensen 40%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 90%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 90%
Robert Clement 70%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 56%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 40%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 10%
Michael Collins 40%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
Larry Combest 30%
Gary Condit 50%
Kent Conrad 60%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Merrill Cook 40%
John Cooksey 40%
Jerry Costello 89%
Paul Coverdell 40%
Christopher Cox 44%
William Coyne 90%
Larry Craig 10%
Robert Cramer 50%
Philip Crane 40%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 40%
Barbara Cubin 40%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 90%
Randall Cunningham 40%
Alfonse D'Amato 50%
Patsy Ann Danner 60%
Thomas Daschle 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 70%
Thomas Davis III 40%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 40%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 90%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90%
Thomas DeLay 40%
Peter Deutsch 80%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 10%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 40%
Jay Dickey 50%
Norm Dicks 80%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 89%
Julian Dixon 89%
Chris Dodd 60%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 10%
Calvin Dooley 60%
John Doolittle 50%
Byron Dorgan 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 70%
David Dreier 40%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 30%
Jennifer Dunn 40%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 78%
Vern Ehlers 25%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 30%
Jo Ann Emerson 40%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 40%
John Ensign 40%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
Bob Etheridge 80%
Lane Evans 90%
Terry Everett 40%
Thomas Ewing 40%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 10%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
Harris Fawell 30%
Victor Fazio 90%
Russ Feingold 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 60%
Bob Filner 100%
Thomas Foglietta 90%
Mark Foley 40%
Michael Patrick Forbes 22%
Harold Ford, Jr. 90%
Wendell Ford 90%
Tillie Fowler 30%
Jon David Fox 40%
Barney Frank 100%
Robert Franks 40%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 40%
William Frist 10%
Jonas Frost III 90%
Elizabeth Furse 89%
Elton Gallegly 40%
John Ganske 40%
Sam Gejdenson 90%
George Gekas 30%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Jim Gibbons 40%
Wayne Gilchrest 44%
Paul Gillmor 50%
Benjamin Gilman 40%
Newt Gingrich 0%
John Glenn 56%
Henry Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 50%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 40%
William Goodling 30%
Bart Gordon 60%
Slade Gorton 10%
Porter Goss 40%
Daniel Graham 50%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 40%
William Phillip Gramm 10%
Rodney Grams 10%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 40%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 80%
James Greenwood 40%
Judd Gregg 10%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%

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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