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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Council of Senior Citizens

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Bill Bradley 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
Robert Byrd 100%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Ronald Coleman 100%
Barbara-Rose Collins 100%
Cardiss Collins 100%
Jerry Costello 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Thomas Daschle 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
Norm Dicks 100%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
Byron Dorgan 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Lane Evans 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
Cleo Fields 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Floyd Flake 100%
Wendell Ford 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
John Glenn 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
William Jefferson 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
J. Bennett Johnston 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
John LaFalce 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
Thomas Manton 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
Alan Mollohan 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
Jim Oberstar 100%
John Olver 100%
Major Owens 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
Donald Payne 100%
Claiborne Pell 100%
David Pryor 100%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
Louis Stokes 100%
Gerry Studds 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
Karen Thurman 100%
Esteban Edward Torres 100%
Robert Torricelli 100%
Ed Towns 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
Bruce Vento 100%
Mel Watt 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Pat Williams 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
Gary Ackerman 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 90%
Rob Andrews 90%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 90%
Anthony Beilenson 90%
Tom Bevill 90%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
Rick Boucher 90%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
John Bryant 90%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
Eva Clayton 90%
Robert Clement 90%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90%
Kent Conrad 90%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
William Coyne 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90%
Ronald Dellums 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
Jim Exon 90%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
Thomas Foglietta 90%
Jonas Frost III 90%
Sam Gejdenson 90%
Sam Gibbons 90%
Henry Gonzalez 90%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 90%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 90%
Ernest Hollings 90%
Daniel Inouye 90%
Andrew Jacobs, Jr. 90%
Paul Kanjorski 90%
Joseph Kennedy II 90%
Patrick Kennedy 90%
Gerald Kleczka 90%
Tom Lantos 90%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 90%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 90%
William Luther 90%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 90%
Matthew Martinez 90%
Martin Meehan 90%
Carrie Meek 90%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 90%
John Moakley 90%
Carol Moseley Braun 90%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
Dave Obey 90%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 90%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
Glenn Poshard 90%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 90%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 90%
Charles Rose III 90%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 90%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 90%
Pat Schroeder 90%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
Paul Simon 90%
David Skaggs 90%
Pete Stark 90%
Bart Stupak 90%
Frank Tejeda 90%
Ray Thornton 90%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 90%
Michael Ward 90%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 90%
Bob Wise, Jr. 90%
Lynn Woolsey 90%
Albert Wynn 90%
Dale Bumpers 89%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 89%
Victor Fazio 89%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 89%
Tony Hall 89%
Harry Johnston 89%
Ronald Klink 89%
Robert Matsui 89%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 89%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 89%
Sidney Yates 89%
John Tanner 88%
Henry Scott Baesler 80%
Max Baucus 80%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 80%
Howard Berman 80%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 80%
George Brown, Jr. 80%
E. Kika de la Garza 80%
Peter Deutsch 80%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 80%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
Barney Frank 80%
W.G. Hefner 80%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 80%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 80%
Joe Lieberman 80%
William Lipinski 80%
Frank Mascara 80%
Paul McHale 80%
Michael McNulty 80%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 80%
Patrick Moynihan 80%
Jack Murtha 80%
Sam Nunn 80%
Lewis Payne, Jr. 80%
Pete Peterson 80%

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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