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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Council of Senior Citizens

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 30%
Gary Ackerman 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 90%
Wayne Allard 10%
Rob Andrews 90%
Bill Archer 10%
Richard Armey 10%
John Ashcroft 20%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 33%
Henry Scott Baesler 80%
Richard Hugh Baker 20%
William Baker 10%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 90%
Cass Ballenger 10%
James Barcia 78%
Robert Barr, Jr. 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Bill Barrett 10%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 10%
Charlie Bass 10%
Herbert Bateman 10%
Max Baucus 80%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Anthony Beilenson 90%
Bob Bennett 20%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 80%
Douglas Bereuter 30%
Howard Berman 80%
Tom Bevill 90%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
Brian Bilbray 30%
Michael Bilirakis 20%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 80%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
Peter Blute 20%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 10%
Kit Bond 50%
Henry Bonilla 10%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Sonny Bono 20%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Rick Boucher 90%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
Bill Bradley 100%
John Breaux 70%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
George Brown, Jr. 80%
Hank Brown 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 10%
Richard Bryan 70%
Ed Bryant 10%
John Bryant 90%
Dale Bumpers 89%
Jim Bunn 20%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 30%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
Dan Burton 10%
Steve Buyer 20%
Robert Byrd 100%
Herbert Callahan 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 11%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 20%
Ben Campbell 33%
Thomas Campbell 30%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 40%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
Mike Castle 40%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 30%
John Chafee 30%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 10%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 20%
Jon Lynn Christensen 20%
Dick Chrysler 10%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 90%
Robert Clement 90%
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 10%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
William Cohen 50%
Ronald Coleman 100%
Barbara-Rose Collins 100%
Cardiss Collins 100%
Michael Collins 10%
Larry Combest 10%
Gary Condit 50%
Kent Conrad 90%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
Wes Cooley 10%
Jerry Costello 100%
Paul Coverdell 20%
Christopher Cox 10%
William Coyne 90%
Larry Craig 20%
Robert Cramer 70%
Philip Crane 10%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 20%
Barbara Cubin 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 10%
Alfonse D'Amato 30%
Patsy Ann Danner 70%
Thomas Daschle 100%
Thomas Davis III 20%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 20%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
E. Kika de la Garza 80%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Ronald Dellums 90%
Peter Deutsch 80%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 10%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 50%
Jay Dickey 13%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 80%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
Robert Dole 10%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 40%
Calvin Dooley 70%
John Doolittle 10%
Byron Dorgan 100%
Robert Dornan 11%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 80%
David Dreier 10%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 30%
Jennifer Dunn 13%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 89%
Chet Edwards 70%
Vern Ehlers 30%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 10%
Bill Emerson 10%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 20%
John Ensign 30%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 80%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 10%
Thomas Ewing 10%
Jim Exon 90%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 10%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Harris Fawell 20%
Victor Fazio 89%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
Cleo Fields 100%
Jack Fields, Jr. 10%
Bob Filner 100%
Floyd Flake 100%
Michael Patrick Flanagan 30%
Thomas Foglietta 90%
Mark Foley 40%
Michael Patrick Forbes 22%
Wendell Ford 100%
Tillie Fowler 20%
Jon David Fox 40%
Barney Frank 80%
Gary Franks 20%
Robert Franks 40%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 30%
Dan Frisa 10%
William Frist 10%
Jonas Frost III 90%
David Funderburk 10%
Elizabeth Furse 70%
Elton Gallegly 10%
John Ganske 20%
Sam Gejdenson 90%
George Gekas 10%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Pete Geren 20%
Sam Gibbons 90%
Wayne Gilchrest 30%
Paul Gillmor 22%
Benjamin Gilman 56%
Newt Gingrich 0%
John Glenn 100%
Henry Gonzalez 90%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 20%
William Goodling 10%
Bart Gordon 70%
Slade Gorton 30%
Porter Goss 10%
Daniel Graham 70%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 10%
William Phillip Gramm 20%

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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