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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The John Birch Society

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Ron Paul 90%
Joel Hefley 89%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 89%
John Nathan Hostettler 85%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 85%
Bob Barr, Jr. 84%
Joe Scarborough 84%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 80%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 80%
Michael Collins 80%
Philip Crane 80%
John Shadegg 80%
Bob Stump 80%
Jon Kyl 79%
Sue Myrick 78%
Jesse Helms 77%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 75%
John Doolittle 75%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 75%
Duncan Hunter 75%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 75%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 75%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 75%
Cliff Stearns 75%
Gene Taylor 75%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 74%
Pete Hoekstra 74%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 74%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 70%
Christopher Cox 70%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 70%
Wally Herger, Jr. 70%
Stephen Largent 70%
Richard Pombo 70%
Robert Schaffer 70%
Bob Smith 70%
Floyd Spence 70%
John Sununu 70%
Todd Tiahrt 70%
Roscoe Bartlett 68%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 68%
Van Hilleary 68%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 68%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 68%
Dan Burton 67%
Chris Cannon 67%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 67%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 65%
John Ashcroft 65%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 65%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 65%
Thomas DeLay 65%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 65%
Terry Everett 65%
Jim Gibbons 65%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 65%
J. Dennis Hastert 65%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 65%
Trent Lott, Sr. 65%
Don Nickles 65%
John Peterson 65%
Bob Riley 65%
Rick Santorum 65%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 65%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 65%
E.G. Shuster 65%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 65%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 63%
Jo Ann Emerson 63%
Henry Hyde 63%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 63%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 63%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 63%
Zach Wamp 63%
Frank Murkowski 61%
Wayne Allard 60%
Richard Armey 60%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 60%
Ed Bryant 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 60%
Larry Craig 60%
Jay Dickey 60%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 60%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 60%
William Phillip Gramm 60%
Rodney Grams 60%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 60%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 60%
David Lee Hobson 60%
William Lewis Jenkins 60%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 60%
Ron Lewis 60%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 60%
Don Manzullo 60%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 60%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 60%
Robert William Ney 60%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 60%
George Radanovich 60%
James Rogan 60%
Jim Ryun 60%
Mark Souder 60%
David Weldon 60%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 60%
Richard Hugh Baker 58%
Michael Bilirakis 58%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 58%
William Goodling 58%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 58%
James Hansen 58%
Kay Hutchison 58%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 58%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 58%
James Talent 58%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 58%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 56%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 56%
John Linder 56%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 55%
Henry Bonilla 55%
Jim Bunning 55%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 55%
Larry Combest 55%
Barbara Cubin 55%
Gilbert Gutknecht 55%
Asa Hutchinson 55%
Bill McCollum 55%
Dan Miller 55%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 55%
Edward Pease 55%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 55%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 55%
Fred Thompson 55%
James Traficant, Jr. 55%
Wesley Watkins 55%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 55%
Bill Archer 53%
Conrad Burns 53%
Herbert Callahan 53%
Merrill Cook 53%
John Cooksey 53%
Paul Coverdell 53%
Randall Cunningham 53%
Porter Goss 53%
David McIntosh 53%
Anne Northup 53%
Arlen Specter 53%
William Tauzin 53%
Charles Taylor 53%
Bill Young 53%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 50%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 50%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 50%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 50%
Ben Campbell 50%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 50%
William Frist 50%
George Gekas 50%
Judd Gregg 50%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 50%
Scott McInnis 50%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 50%
Jack Metcalf 50%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 50%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 50%
Jim Saxton 50%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 50%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 50%
Bob Bennett 47%
Steve Buyer 47%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 47%
Ronald Packard 47%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 47%
Heather Wilson 46%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 45%
Kit Bond 45%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 45%
Jennifer Dunn 45%
Tillie Fowler 45%
Slade Gorton 45%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 45%
Kenny Hulshof 45%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 45%
Connie Mack 45%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 45%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 45%
Gordon Smith 45%
Craig Thomas 45%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 45%
John Warner 45%
Gerald Weller 45%
Deborah Pryce 44%
Cass Ballenger 42%
Patsy Ann Danner 42%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 42%
William Lipinski 42%
James McCrery III 42%
Bill Barrett 40%

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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