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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby)

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 10%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 40%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 40%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 20%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 40%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 50%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 70%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 10%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 20%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 70%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 20%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 30%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 30%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 30%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 20%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 40%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 10%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 30%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 40%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 40%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 30%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 20%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 40%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 30%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 50%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 10%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 20%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 80%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 50%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 10%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 30%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 50%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 20%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 50%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 60%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 90%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 20%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 40%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 70%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 70%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 50%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 30%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 10%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 40%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 30%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 40%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 30%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 50%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 50%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 20%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 30%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 20%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 20%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 50%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 30%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 20%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 40%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 30%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 80%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 30%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 60%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 70%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 40%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 60%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 20%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 40%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 10%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 20%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 50%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 50%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 80%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 20%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 40%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 40%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 70%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 30%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 10%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 40%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 10%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 20%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 40%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 10%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 30%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 30%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 70%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 60%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 70%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 40%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 50%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 20%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 30%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 30%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 30%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 60%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 20%
Neil Abercrombie 40%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 10%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 20%
Wayne Allard 40%
Thomas Allen 20%
Rob Andrews 40%
Bill Archer 40%
Richard Armey 20%
John Ashcroft 60%
Spencer Bachus 50%
Richard Hugh Baker 50%
Cass Ballenger 40%
James Barcia 70%
Bob Barr, Jr. 90%
Bill Barrett 20%
Roscoe Bartlett 90%
Charlie Bass 40%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 20%
Max Baucus 20%
Bob Bennett 20%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 0%
Douglas Bereuter 40%
Howard Berman 10%
Marion Berry 40%
Brian Bilbray 50%
Michael Bilirakis 40%
Jeff Bingaman 20%
Rod Blagojevich 10%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 10%
Sherwood Boehlert 30%
John Boehner 30%
Kit Bond 30%
Henry Bonilla 30%
David Edward Bonior 50%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
Robert Borski, Jr. 20%
Leonard Boswell 30%
Rick Boucher 10%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 40%
John Breaux 0%
George Brown, Jr. 10%
Richard Bryan 10%
Ed Bryant 40%
Jim Bunning 70%
Conrad Burns 40%
Dan Burton 60%
Steve Buyer 20%
Robert Byrd 50%
Herbert Callahan 10%
Dave Camp 30%
Ben Campbell 40%
Thomas Campbell 50%
Chris Cannon 40%
Julia Carson 30%
Mike Castle 10%
John Chafee 10%
Saxby Chambliss 60%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 80%
William Clay, Sr. 30%
Eva Clayton 40%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 20%
Robert Clement 10%
Howard Coble 40%
Thomas Coburn 70%
Michael Collins 60%
Larry Combest 50%
Gary Condit 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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