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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Animal Welfare Institute

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 50%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 17%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 75%
Thomas Allen 83%
Rob Andrews 100%
Richard Armey 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 17%
Brian Baird 83%
Richard Hugh Baker 17%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 66%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 83%
Cass Ballenger 17%
James Barcia 66%
Bob Barr, Jr. 17%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 66%
Roscoe Bartlett 33%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 17%
Charlie Bass 66%
Max Baucus 25%
Evan Bayh 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 50%
Douglas Bereuter 33%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 33%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 50%
Judy Biggert 83%
Michael Bilirakis 50%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 17%
Rod Blagojevich 83%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 17%
Sherwood Boehlert 66%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 17%
Kit Bond 25%
Henry Bonilla 17%
David Edward Bonior 66%
Mary Bono Mack 33%
Robert Borski, Jr. 66%
Leonard Boswell 17%
Rick Boucher 50%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 17%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 17%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 66%
John Breaux 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 50%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 66%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Ed Bryant 17%
Jim Bunning 25%
Conrad Burns 25%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 17%
Dan Burton 17%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 75%
Herbert Callahan 17%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 33%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
Ben Campbell 25%
Chris Cannon 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 66%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 66%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 66%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 66%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 17%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 66%
Eva Clayton 50%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 75%
Robert Clement 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 66%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 17%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 25%
Michael Collins 17%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 75%
Larry Combest 17%
Gary Condit 50%
Kent Conrad 25%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
John Cooksey 17%
Jerry Costello 83%
Christopher Cox 33%
William Coyne 66%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 33%
Philip Crane 66%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
Barbara Cubin 17%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 66%
Randall Cunningham 17%
Thomas Daschle 50%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 50%
Thomas Davis III 66%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 33%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 66%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 17%
James DeMint 33%
Peter Deutsch 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 50%
Norm Dicks 83%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 33%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 66%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 66%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 25%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 17%
Jennifer Dunn 33%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
John Edwards 50%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 50%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 33%
Jo Ann Emerson 17%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 83%
Philip English 50%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 66%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 17%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 66%
Russ Feingold 75%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 100%
Ernest Fletcher 17%
Mark Foley 50%
Harold Ford, Jr. 50%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 50%
Barney Frank 83%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 66%
William Frist 50%
Jonas Frost III 33%
Elton Gallegly 66%
John Ganske 17%
George Gekas 17%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 50%
Jim Gibbons 17%
Wayne Gilchrest 33%
Paul Gillmor 33%
Benjamin Gilman 100%
Charlie Gonzalez 66%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 33%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 33%
Bart Gordon 50%
Porter Goss 66%
Daniel Graham 75%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 33%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 25%
Mark Green 50%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 83%
James Greenwood 83%
Judd Gregg 25%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 17%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 50%
Tony Hall 83%
James Hansen 17%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 33%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 25%
Robert Hayes 17%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 17%
Joel Hefley 50%
Jesse Helms 25%
Wally Herger, Jr. 17%
Baron Hill 50%
Van Hilleary 17%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 50%
Maurice Hinchey 83%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 33%
David Lee Hobson 50%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 66%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Thomas Holden 33%
Ernest Hollings 25%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
Darlene Hooley 66%

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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