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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The John Birch Society

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Ron Paul 95%
Bob Smith 90%
John Ashcroft 85%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 85%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 85%
Joe Scarborough 84%
Jesse Helms 83%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 83%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 82%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 79%
William Phillip Gramm 78%
John Nathan Hostettler 78%
Jon Kyl 78%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 78%
Wayne Allard 75%
Bob Barr, Jr. 75%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 74%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 74%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 74%
Don Nickles 73%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 73%
John Shadegg 73%
Cliff Stearns 73%
Richard Pombo 71%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 70%
Christopher Cox 70%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 70%
Rodney Grams 70%
Van Hilleary 70%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 70%
Fred Thompson 70%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 68%
David McIntosh 68%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 68%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 68%
Craig Thomas 68%
Zach Wamp 68%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 67%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 67%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 67%
Stephen Largent 67%
Robert Schaffer 67%
Roscoe Bartlett 65%
Larry Craig 65%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 65%
John Ensign 65%
Kay Hutchison 65%
Dirk Kempthorne 65%
Bob Stump 65%
Gene Taylor 65%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 64%
Connie Mack 64%
Don Manzullo 64%
Mark Souder 64%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 63%
Conrad Burns 63%
Dan Burton 63%
Paul Coverdell 63%
Judd Gregg 63%
Joel Hefley 63%
Pete Hoekstra 63%
Duncan Hunter 63%
Trent Lott, Sr. 63%
Jim Ryun 63%
Rick Santorum 63%
Todd Tiahrt 63%
Philip Crane 62%
Mark Neumann 62%
John Doolittle 61%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 60%
Thomas Campbell 60%
Thomas DeLay 60%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 60%
Sue Myrick 60%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 60%
Bob Riley 60%
Vincent Snowbarger 60%
Strom Thurmond 60%
Michael Collins 59%
Gerald B.H. Solomon 59%
David Weldon 59%
Bill Archer 58%
Bob Bennett 58%
Larry Combest 58%
Barbara Cubin 58%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 58%
William Goodling 58%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 58%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 58%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 58%
Dan Miller 58%
Steven Schiff 58%
James Talent 58%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 56%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 56%
William Paxon 56%
Daniel Schaefer 56%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 55%
Richard Armey 55%
Chris Cannon 55%
Jon Lynn Christensen 55%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 55%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 55%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 55%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 55%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 55%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 55%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 55%
Jim Gibbons 54%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 54%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 54%
Kit Bond 53%
Ben Campbell 53%
David Dreier 53%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 53%
Slade Gorton 53%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 53%
Asa Hutchinson 53%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 53%
James Rogan 53%
Linda Smith 53%
Jay Dickey 51%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 51%
Frank Murkowski 51%
George Radanovich 51%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 50%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 50%
Terry Everett 50%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 50%
Rick Hill 50%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 50%
John Linder 50%
Scott McInnis 50%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 50%
Michael Pappas 50%
Edward Pease 50%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 50%
E.G. Shuster 50%
Nick Smith 50%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 50%
James Traficant, Jr. 50%
John Warner 50%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 49%
James Hansen 49%
Wally Herger, Jr. 49%
Mike Parker 49%
Charles Stenholm 49%
Bill Young 49%
Michael Bilirakis 48%
Merrill Cook 48%
Randall Cunningham 48%
John Ganske 48%
J. Dennis Hastert 48%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 48%
Henry Hyde 48%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 48%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 48%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 48%
Robert William Ney 48%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 48%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 48%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 48%
Ed Bryant 47%
John Cooksey 47%
Charles Taylor 47%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 46%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 46%
Sonny Bono 46%
Gary Condit 46%
Henry Bonilla 45%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 45%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 45%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 45%
William Frist 45%
Gilbert Gutknecht 45%
Kenny Hulshof 45%
Jack Metcalf 45%
James Nussle 45%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 45%
Frank Riggs 45%
Gordon Smith 45%
John Sununu 45%
Wesley Watkins 45%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 45%
Bill Barrett 44%
Charlie Bass 44%
Jim Bunning 44%
Herbert Callahan 44%
Patsy Ann Danner 44%
Jennifer Dunn 44%
Ron Lewis 44%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 44%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 43%
Jo Ann Emerson 43%
Tillie Fowler 43%
George Gekas 43%
Paul Gillmor 43%
Porter Goss 43%
Jay Kim 43%
Robert Livingston 43%

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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