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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 75%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 20%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 10%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 30%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 16%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 90%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 36%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 10%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 24%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 20%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 85%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 96%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 88%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 12%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 12%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 16%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 96%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 95%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 76%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 92%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 10%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 16%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 90%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 12%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 95%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 12%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 25%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 96%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 95%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 85%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 20%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 28%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 24%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 12%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 16%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 12%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 16%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 16%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 96%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 52%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 8%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 88%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 96%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 12%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 96%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 28%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 92%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 20%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 12%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 96%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 96%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 92%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 28%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 96%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 72%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 96%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 12%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 12%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 68%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 44%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 36%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 96%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 92%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 32%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 28%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 96%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 16%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 8%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 84%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 16%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 92%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 12%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 28%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 16%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 8%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 12%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 16%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 24%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 92%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 12%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 92%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 8%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 96%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 12%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 24%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 12%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 84%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 84%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 8%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 20%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 96%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 12%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 96%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 20%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 16%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 92%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 25%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 20%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 15%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 95%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 92%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 96%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 20%
Gary Ackerman 96%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Wayne Allard 10%
Thomas Allen 96%
Rob Andrews 84%
Bill Archer 12%
Richard Armey 8%
John Ashcroft 10%
Richard Hugh Baker 16%
Cass Ballenger 12%
James Barcia 92%
Bob Barr, Jr. 12%
Bill Barrett 32%
Roscoe Bartlett 16%
Charlie Bass 24%
Herbert Bateman 12%
Max Baucus 80%
Bob Bennett 25%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 88%
Douglas Bereuter 16%
Howard Berman 88%
Marion Berry 76%
Brian Bilbray 36%
Michael Bilirakis 16%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
Rod Blagojevich 84%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 16%
Sherwood Boehlert 72%
Kit Bond 30%
Henry Bonilla 28%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 8%
Robert Borski, Jr. 92%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 88%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 84%
John Breaux 75%

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