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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The John Birch Society

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 18%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 60%
Gary Ackerman 18%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 55%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 5%
Wayne Allard 75%
Thomas Allen 20%
Rob Andrews 32%
Bill Archer 58%
Richard Armey 55%
John Ashcroft 85%
Spencer Bachus 49%
Henry Scott Baesler 25%
Richard Hugh Baker 41%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 20%
Cass Ballenger 39%
James Barcia 40%
Bob Barr, Jr. 75%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 30%
Bill Barrett 44%
Roscoe Bartlett 65%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 63%
Charlie Bass 44%
Herbert Bateman 38%
Max Baucus 10%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 17%
Bob Bennett 58%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 18%
Douglas Bereuter 33%
Howard Berman 23%
Marion Berry 38%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 15%
Brian Bilbray 38%
Michael Bilirakis 48%
Jeff Bingaman 23%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 18%
Rod Blagojevich 23%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 38%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 21%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 46%
Sherwood Boehlert 18%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 46%
Kit Bond 53%
Henry Bonilla 45%
David Edward Bonior 30%
Sonny Bono 46%
Robert Borski, Jr. 37%
Leonard Boswell 23%
Rick Boucher 19%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 10%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 28%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 50%
John Breaux 25%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 20%
George Brown, Jr. 20%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 28%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 70%
Richard Bryan 18%
Ed Bryant 47%
Dale Bumpers 15%
Jim Bunning 44%
Conrad Burns 63%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 45%
Dan Burton 63%
Steve Buyer 41%
Robert Byrd 28%
Herbert Callahan 44%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 38%
Dave Camp 38%
Ben Campbell 53%
Thomas Campbell 60%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 45%
Chris Cannon 55%
Walter Holden Capps 21%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 25%
Julia Carson 23%
Mike Castle 25%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 64%
John Chafee 21%
Saxby Chambliss 50%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 67%
Jon Lynn Christensen 55%
William Clay, Sr. 17%
Eva Clayton 20%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 15%
Robert Clement 21%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 74%
Howard Coble 55%
Thomas Coburn 74%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 40%
Michael Collins 59%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 33%
Larry Combest 58%
Gary Condit 46%
Kent Conrad 23%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 30%
Merrill Cook 48%
John Cooksey 47%
Jerry Costello 32%
Paul Coverdell 63%
Christopher Cox 70%
William Coyne 25%
Larry Craig 65%
Robert Cramer 28%
Philip Crane 62%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 65%
Barbara Cubin 58%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 23%
Randall Cunningham 48%
Alfonse D'Amato 40%
Patsy Ann Danner 44%
Thomas Daschle 10%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 26%
James Davis 18%
Thomas Davis III 25%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 58%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 38%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 21%
Bill Delahunt 26%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 23%
Thomas DeLay 60%
Ronald Dellums 23%
Peter Deutsch 15%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 55%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 34%
Jay Dickey 51%
Norm Dicks 13%
John Dingell 18%
Julian Dixon 23%
Chris Dodd 15%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 25%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 43%
Calvin Dooley 18%
John Doolittle 61%
Byron Dorgan 23%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 38%
David Dreier 53%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 70%
Jennifer Dunn 44%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 13%
Chet Edwards 18%
Vern Ehlers 28%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 45%
Jo Ann Emerson 43%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 24%
Philip English 34%
John Ensign 65%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 68%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 22%
Bob Etheridge 16%
Lane Evans 25%
Terry Everett 50%
Thomas Ewing 33%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 82%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 24%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 16%
Harris Fawell 25%
Victor Fazio 15%
Russ Feingold 25%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 13%
Bob Filner 22%
Thomas Foglietta 22%
Mark Foley 42%
Michael Patrick Forbes 37%
Harold Ford, Jr. 18%
Wendell Ford 30%
Tillie Fowler 43%
Jon David Fox 38%
Barney Frank 26%
Robert Franks 28%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 25%
William Frist 45%
Jonas Frost III 13%
Elizabeth Furse 13%
Elton Gallegly 40%
John Ganske 48%
Sam Gejdenson 23%
George Gekas 43%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 29%
Jim Gibbons 54%
Wayne Gilchrest 23%
Paul Gillmor 43%
Benjamin Gilman 21%
John Glenn 13%
Henry Gonzalez 22%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 53%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 50%
William Goodling 58%
Bart Gordon 18%
Slade Gorton 53%
Porter Goss 43%
Daniel Graham 13%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 58%
William Phillip Gramm 78%
Rodney Grams 70%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 40%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 55%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 25%
James Greenwood 25%

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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