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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Radical Middle

2001-2002 Positions

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 40%
Gary Ackerman 15%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 25%
Todd Akin 10%
Wayne Allard 10%
George Allen 15%
Thomas Allen 40%
Rob Andrews 35%
Joe Baca, Sr. 50%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 25%
Brian Baird 50%
Richard Hugh Baker 15%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 50%
Cass Ballenger 10%
Roscoe Bartlett 5%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 10%
Charlie Bass 10%
Max Baucus 30%
Evan Bayh 45%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 15%
Bob Bennett 5%
Douglas Bereuter 35%
Shelley Berkley 30%
Howard Berman 35%
Marion Berry 5%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 30%
Judy Biggert 15%
Michael Bilirakis 5%
Jeff Bingaman 40%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 50%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 5%
Sherwood Boehlert 25%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 5%
Kit Bond 15%
Henry Bonilla 10%
Mary Bono Mack 15%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 5%
Leonard Boswell 10%
Rick Boucher 25%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 40%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 5%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 15%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 30%
John Breaux 35%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 35%
Henry Brown, Jr. 5%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 50%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 20%
Jim Bunning 15%
Conrad Burns 10%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 30%
Dan Burton 15%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 30%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 35%
Ben Campbell 0%
Chris Cannon 15%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 15%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 30%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 20%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 45%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 35%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 20%
Brad Carson 40%
Julia Carson 40%
Mike Castle 15%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 10%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 40%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 20%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 40%
Hillary Clinton 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 25%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 30%
Michael Collins 10%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
Larry Combest 5%
Kent Conrad 10%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 30%
Jon Corzine 55%
Jerry Costello 30%
Christopher Cox 5%
Larry Craig 10%
Robert Cramer 25%
Philip Crane 10%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 5%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 35%
Barbara Cubin 5%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 10%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 40%
Randall Cunningham 15%
Thomas Daschle 50%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 45%
James Davis 10%
Jo Ann Davis 15%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 30%
Thomas Davis III 20%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 5%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 50%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 30%
Bill Delahunt 50%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 65%
Thomas DeLay 5%
James DeMint 15%
Peter Deutsch 20%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 45%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 20%
Norm Dicks 25%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 25%
Chris Dodd 50%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 15%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 30%
Calvin Dooley 10%
John Doolittle 10%
Byron Dorgan 20%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 25%
David Dreier 10%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
Jennifer Dunn 15%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 65%
John Edwards 15%
Chet Edwards 15%
Vern Ehlers 30%
Jo Ann Emerson 25%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 30%
Philip English 35%
John Ensign 5%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 55%
Bob Etheridge 35%
Lane Evans 25%
Terry Everett 5%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 45%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 40%
Russ Feingold 35%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 40%
Michael Ferguson 10%
Bob Filner 75%
Peter Fitzgerald 20%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 10%
Ernest Fletcher 15%
Mark Foley 20%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 15%
Harold Ford, Jr. 45%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 5%
Barney Frank 75%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 5%
William Frist 30%
Jonas Frost III 60%
Elton Gallegly 20%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 15%
Jim Gibbons 5%
Wayne Gilchrest 10%
Paul Gillmor 35%
Charlie Gonzalez 30%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 20%
Bart Gordon 5%
Porter Goss 10%
Daniel Graham 40%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 5%
Mark Green 25%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 15%
James Greenwood 35%
Judd Gregg 10%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 20%
Gilbert Gutknecht 15%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 30%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 40%
Jane Harman 20%
Melissa Hart 30%
J. Dennis Hastert 5%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 35%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 10%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 25%
Robert Hayes 15%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 5%
Joel Hefley 5%
Wally Herger, Jr. 5%
Baron Hill 5%
Maurice Hinchey 60%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 20%
David Lee Hobson 5%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 55%
Pete Hoekstra 10%
Thomas Holden 15%
Ernest Hollings 5%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 35%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 25%
Darlene Hooley 25%

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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