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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The John Birch Society

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 15%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 45%
Gary Ackerman 11%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 65%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 6%
Wayne Allard 60%
Thomas Allen 5%
Rob Andrews 25%
Bill Archer 53%
Richard Armey 60%
John Ashcroft 65%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 55%
Richard Hugh Baker 58%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 10%
Cass Ballenger 42%
James Barcia 25%
Robert Barr, Jr. 84%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 26%
Bill Barrett 40%
Roscoe Bartlett 68%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 70%
Charlie Bass 30%
Herbert Bateman 33%
Max Baucus 13%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 10%
Bob Bennett 47%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 10%
Douglas Bereuter 20%
Howard Berman 10%
Marion Berry 25%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 15%
Brian Bilbray 30%
Michael Bilirakis 58%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 35%
Rod Blagojevich 21%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 50%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 5%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 74%
Sherwood Boehlert 10%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 50%
Kit Bond 45%
Henry Bonilla 55%
David Edward Bonior 25%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
Robert Borski, Jr. 25%
Leonard Boswell 15%
Rick Boucher 11%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 16%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 20%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 50%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 20%
John Breaux 25%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 10%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 35%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 60%
Richard Bryan 15%
Ed Bryant 60%
Jim Bunning 55%
Conrad Burns 53%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 65%
Dan Burton 67%
Steve Buyer 47%
Robert Byrd 30%
Herbert Callahan 53%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 45%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 50%
Ben Campbell 50%
Thomas Campbell 35%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 55%
Chris Cannon 67%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 10%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 15%
Julia Carson 20%
Mike Castle 21%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 75%
John Chafee 10%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 60%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 80%
William Clay, Sr. 11%
Eva Clayton 16%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 10%
Robert Clement 15%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 15%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 63%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 35%
Michael Collins 80%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 30%
Larry Combest 55%
Gary Condit 35%
Kent Conrad 30%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 17%
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%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 50%
Barbara Cubin 55%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 20%
Randall Cunningham 53%
Patsy Ann Danner 42%
Thomas Daschle 10%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 15%
James Davis 11%
Thomas Davis III 25%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 65%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 32%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 10%
Bill Delahunt 20%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15%
Thomas DeLay 65%
Peter Deutsch 5%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 35%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 47%
Jay Dickey 60%
Norm Dicks 10%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 12%
Julian Dixon 6%
Chris Dodd 10%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 20%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 42%
Calvin Dooley 10%
John Doolittle 75%
Byron Dorgan 15%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 17%
David Dreier 40%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 65%
Jennifer Dunn 45%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 20%
Chet Edwards 15%
Vern Ehlers 30%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 68%
Jo Ann Emerson 63%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 11%
Philip English 35%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 58%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 15%
Bob Etheridge 20%
Lane Evans 20%
Terry Everett 65%
Thomas Ewing 40%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 10%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 16%
Russ Feingold 20%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 5%
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%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 20%
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%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 60%
William Goodling 58%
Bart Gordon 15%
Slade Gorton 45%
Porter Goss 53%
Daniel Graham 5%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 58%
William Phillip Gramm 60%
Rodney Grams 60%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 30%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 45%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 16%
James Greenwood 25%
Judd Gregg 50%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 16%
Gilbert Gutknecht 55%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 35%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 75%
Tony Hall 35%
James Hansen 58%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 16%
J. Dennis Hastert 65%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 21%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 60%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 60%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 70%
Joel Hefley 89%
Jesse Helms 77%

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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