Rating Group: The John Birch Society

1998 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 60%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 55%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 65%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 65%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 55%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 50%
AZ U.S. House-5 Matt Salmon R 75%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 10%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 5%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 16%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 22%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 20%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 20%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 15%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 21%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 10%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 10%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 50%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 5%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 20%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 10%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 89%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 12%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 45%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 21%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 16%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 85%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 10%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 15%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 10%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 50%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 21%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 63%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 55%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 60%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 74%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 35%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 13%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 65%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 15%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 45%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 16%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 40%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 50%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 20%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 11%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 16%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 15%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 45%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 25%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 50%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 55%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 60%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 60%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 58%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 63%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 5%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 17%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 22%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 15%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 25%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 11%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 15%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 20%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 20%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 30%
ME Councilor-At-Large John Baldacci D 10%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 5%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 5%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 50%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 25%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 5%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 12%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 17%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 30%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 74%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 35%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 47%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 11%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 15%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 35%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 10%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 65%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 75%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 15%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 63%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 45%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 21%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 45%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 50%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 10%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 35%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 20%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 25%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 11%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 56%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 25%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 16%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 20%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 30%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 11%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 21%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 11%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 11%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 15%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 6%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 35%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 60%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 75%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 50%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 25%
OH Governor John Kasich R 60%
OH State Senate-28 Thomas Sawyer D 10%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 35%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 65%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 80%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 60%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 11%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 5%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 32%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 20%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 16%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 17%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 55%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 5%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 58%
SC U.S. House-1 Mark Sanford, Jr. R 68%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 15%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 15%
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 45%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 65%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 68%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 75%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 70%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 50%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 30%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 65%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 10%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 10%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 50%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 16%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 11%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 65%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 20%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 60%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 15%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 60%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 26%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 50%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 15%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 30%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 0%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 60%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 15%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 15%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 20%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 75%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 58%
WI Mayor-At-Large Tom Barrett D 26%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 13%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 16%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 58%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 45%
Gary Ackerman 11%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 6%
Wayne Allard 60%
Thomas Allen 5%
Rob Andrews 25%
Bill Archer 53%
Richard Armey 60%
John Ashcroft 65%
Richard Hugh Baker 58%
Cass Ballenger 42%
James Barcia 25%
Bob Barr, Jr. 84%
Bill Barrett 40%
Roscoe Bartlett 68%
Charlie Bass 30%
Herbert Bateman 33%
Max Baucus 13%
Bob Bennett 47%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 10%
Douglas Bereuter 20%
Howard Berman 10%
Marion Berry 25%
Brian Bilbray 30%
Michael Bilirakis 58%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
Rod Blagojevich 21%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 50%
Sherwood Boehlert 10%
Kit Bond 45%
Henry Bonilla 55%
David Edward Bonior 25%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
Robert Borski, Jr. 25%
Leonard Boswell 15%
Rick Boucher 11%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 20%
John Breaux 25%
Richard Bryan 15%
Ed Bryant 60%
Jim Bunning 55%
Conrad Burns 53%
Dan Burton 67%
Steve Buyer 47%
Robert Byrd 30%
Herbert Callahan 53%
Ben Campbell 50%
Thomas Campbell 35%
Chris Cannon 67%
Julia Carson 20%
Mike Castle 21%
John Chafee 10%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 80%
William Clay, Sr. 11%
Eva Clayton 16%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 10%
Robert Clement 15%
Michael Collins 80%
Larry Combest 55%
Gary Condit 35%
Kent Conrad 30%
Merrill Cook 53%
John Cooksey 53%
Jerry Costello 30%
Paul Coverdell 53%
Christopher Cox 70%
William Coyne 25%
Larry Craig 60%
Robert Cramer 32%
Philip Crane 80%
Barbara Cubin 55%
Randall Cunningham 53%
Patsy Ann Danner 42%
Thomas Daschle 10%
James Davis 11%
Thomas Davis III 25%
Bill Delahunt 20%
Thomas DeLay 65%
Peter Deutsch 5%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 47%
Jay Dickey 60%
Norm Dicks 10%
Julian Dixon 6%
Chris Dodd 10%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 42%
Calvin Dooley 10%
John Doolittle 75%
Byron Dorgan 15%
David Dreier 40%
Jennifer Dunn 45%
Chet Edwards 15%
Vern Ehlers 30%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 68%
Jo Ann Emerson 63%
Philip English 35%
Bob Etheridge 20%
Lane Evans 20%
Terry Everett 65%
Thomas Ewing 40%
Russ Feingold 20%
Bob Filner 11%
Mark Foley 26%
Michael Patrick Forbes 30%
Harold Ford, Jr. 7%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 60%
Tillie Fowler 45%
Barney Frank 26%
Robert Franks 35%
William Frist 50%
Jonas Frost III 5%
Elton Gallegly 40%
John Ganske 20%
Sam Gejdenson 21%
George Gekas 50%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 11%
Jim Gibbons 65%
Wayne Gilchrest 15%
Paul Gillmor 40%
Benjamin Gilman 30%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 65%
William Goodling 58%
Bart Gordon 15%
Slade Gorton 45%
Porter Goss 53%
Daniel Graham 5%
William Phillip Gramm 60%
Rodney Grams 60%
James Greenwood 25%
Judd Gregg 50%
Gilbert Gutknecht 55%
Tony Hall 35%
James Hansen 58%
J. Dennis Hastert 65%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 70%
Joel Hefley 89%
Jesse Helms 77%
Wally Herger, Jr. 70%
Rick Hill 39%
Van Hilleary 68%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 21%
Maurice Hinchey 15%
David Lee Hobson 60%
Pete Hoekstra 74%
Thomas Holden 30%
Ernest Hollings 37%
Darlene Hooley 5%
Stephen Horn 32%
John Nathan Hostettler 85%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 5%
Kenny Hulshof 45%
Duncan Hunter 75%
Asa Hutchinson 55%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 56%
Kay Hutchison 58%
Henry Hyde 63%
Daniel Inouye 11%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 63%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 20%
William Jefferson 16%
James Merrill Jeffords 20%
William Lewis Jenkins 60%
Christopher John 29%
Nancy Johnson 5%
Paul Kanjorski 15%
Sue Kelly 30%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 11%
Patrick Kennedy 30%
Bob Kerrey 10%
Dale Kildee 20%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 16%
Gerald Kleczka 25%
Ronald Klink 30%
Joseph Knollenberg 40%
Herb Kohl 10%
James Kolbe 30%
Dennis Kucinich 35%
Jon Kyl 79%
John LaFalce 15%
Ray LaHood 40%
Nicholas Lampson 5%
Tom Lantos 10%
Stephen Largent 70%
Steve LaTourette 21%
Frank Lautenberg 10%
Rick Lazio 20%
James Leach 15%
Jerry Lewis 32%
Ron Lewis 60%
Joe Lieberman 5%
John Linder 56%
William Lipinski 42%
Trent Lott, Sr. 65%
Dick Lugar 35%
William Luther 20%
Connie Mack 45%
James Maloney 26%
Don Manzullo 60%
Matthew Martinez 21%
Frank Mascara 35%
Robert Matsui 10%
Karen McCarthy 10%
Bill McCollum 55%
James McCrery III 42%
John McHugh 25%
Scott McInnis 50%
David McIntosh 53%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 20%
Michael McNulty 40%
Martin Meehan 21%
Carrie Meek 5%
Jack Metcalf 50%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 11%
Dan Miller 55%
David Minge 25%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 25%
John Moakley 18%
Alan Mollohan 38%
Constance Morella 15%
Patrick Moynihan 16%
Frank Murkowski 61%
Jack Murtha 25%
Sue Myrick 78%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 60%
Robert William Ney 60%
Don Nickles 65%
Anne Northup 53%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 67%
James Nussle 40%
Jim Oberstar 20%
Dave Obey 30%
John Olver 20%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 17%
Major Owens 16%
Michael Oxley 40%
Ronald Packard 47%
Ron Paul 90%
Donald Payne 15%
Edward Pease 55%
John Peterson 65%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 58%
Owen Pickett 15%
Richard Pombo 70%
Earl Pomeroy 21%
John Edward Porter 28%
Deborah Pryce 44%
Jack Quinn 37%
George Radanovich 60%
James Ramstad 35%
Ralph Regula 30%
Silvestre Reyes 19%
Bob Riley 65%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 20%
Charles Robb 15%
Ciro Rodriguez 5%
Timothy Roemer 30%
James Rogan 60%
William Roth, Jr. 29%
Steve Rothman 15%
Marge Roukema 25%
Jim Ryun 60%
Martin Olav Sabo 26%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 30%
Rick Santorum 65%
Paul Sarbanes 15%
Jim Saxton 50%
Joe Scarborough 84%
Robert Schaffer 70%
John Shadegg 80%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 25%
Christopher Shays 15%
E.G. Shuster 65%
Norman Sisisky 10%
Joseph Skeen 40%
Ike Skelton 20%
Gordon Smith 45%
Nick Smith 40%
Bob Smith 70%
Olympia Snowe 25%
Vic Snyder 15%
Mark Souder 60%
Arlen Specter 53%
Floyd Spence 70%
John Spratt, Jr. 25%
Pete Stark 37%
Cliff Stearns 75%
Charles Stenholm 32%
Ted Stevens 32%
Ted Strickland 40%
Bob Stump 80%
Bart Stupak 35%
John Sununu 70%
James Talent 58%
John Tanner 32%
Ellen Tauscher 10%
William Tauzin 53%
Charles Taylor 53%
Gene Taylor 75%
Craig Thomas 45%
William Thomas 40%
Fred Thompson 55%
Karen Thurman 10%
Strom Thurmond 40%
Todd Tiahrt 70%
Robert Torricelli 10%
Ed Towns 12%
James Traficant, Jr. 55%
James Turner 40%
Bruce Vento 30%
James Walsh 21%
Zach Wamp 63%
John Warner 45%
Wesley Watkins 55%
Mel Watt 10%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 55%
David Weldon 60%
W. Curtis Weldon 40%
Gerald Weller 45%
Paul Wellstone 20%
Robert Wexler 16%
Bob Weygand 15%
Heather Wilson 46%
Bob Wise, Jr. 15%
Lynn Woolsey 20%
Albert Wynn 15%
Bill Young 53%

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