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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 25%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 15%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 10%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 10%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 95%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 15%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 15%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 70%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 25%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 75%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 30%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 15%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 85%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 15%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 95%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 15%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 75%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 14%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 15%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 10%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 20%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 15%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 15%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 85%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 25%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 55%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 15%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 10%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 90%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 15%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 30%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 80%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 45%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 15%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 15%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 75%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 20%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 90%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 35%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 10%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 10%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 10%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 79%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 75%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 80%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 5%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 20%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 85%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 55%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 15%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 75%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 10%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 10%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 10%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 15%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 85%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 90%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 25%
Gary Ackerman 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Wayne Allard 15%
Rob Andrews 75%
Bill Archer 10%
Richard Armey 15%
John Ashcroft 10%
Henry Scott Baesler 70%
Richard Hugh Baker 10%
William Baker 21%
Cass Ballenger 10%
James Barcia 65%
Bob Barr, Jr. 10%
Bill Barrett 10%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
Charlie Bass 10%
Herbert Bateman 10%
Max Baucus 75%
Anthony Beilenson 93%
Bob Bennett 15%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 85%
Douglas Bereuter 20%
Howard Berman 100%
Tom Bevill 57%
Brian Bilbray 30%
Michael Bilirakis 15%
Jeff Bingaman 95%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 15%
Peter Blute 36%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
Kit Bond 20%
Henry Bonilla 25%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Sonny Bono 10%
Robert Borski, Jr. 85%
Rick Boucher 70%
Bill Bradley 100%
John Breaux 85%
Bill Brewster 36%
George Brown, Jr. 95%
Hank Brown 14%
Richard Bryan 70%
Ed Bryant 10%
John Bryant 93%
Dale Bumpers 85%
Jim Bunning 10%
Conrad Burns 10%
Dan Burton 10%
Steve Buyer 15%
Robert Byrd 75%
Herbert Callahan 10%
Ben Campbell 50%
Thomas Campbell 40%
Mike Castle 30%
John Chafee 55%
Jim Chapman 79%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 10%
Jon Lynn Christensen 15%
William Clay, Sr. 90%
Eva Clayton 100%
Robert Clement 55%
William Clinger 7%
William Cohen 36%
Ronald Coleman 79%
Barbara-Rose Collins 93%
Cardiss Collins 100%
Michael Collins 10%

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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