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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

1999 Liberal on Social Policy Score

Issues: Social , Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 87%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 36%
Gary Ackerman 87%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 75%
Wayne Allard 6%
Thomas Allen 87%
Rob Andrews 71%
Bill Archer 16%
Richard Armey 4%
John Ashcroft 21%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 16%
Brian Baird 68%
Richard Hugh Baker 10%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 79%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 87%
Cass Ballenger 32%
James Barcia 44%
Robert Barr, Jr. 10%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 87%
Bill Barrett 25%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 52%
Herbert Bateman 42%
Max Baucus 59%
Evan Bayh 62%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 87%
Bob Bennett 36%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 71%
Douglas Bereuter 42%
Shelley Berkley 73%
Howard Berman 87%
Marion Berry 48%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 60%
Judy Biggert 58%
Brian Bilbray 50%
Michael Bilirakis 19%
Jeff Bingaman 75%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 58%
Rod Blagojevich 74%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 10%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 82%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 9%
Sherwood Boehlert 63%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 23%
Kit Bond 23%
Henry Bonilla 40%
David Edward Bonior 66%
Mary Bono Mack 46%
Robert Borski, Jr. 57%
Leonard Boswell 56%
Rick Boucher 67%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 88%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 58%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 25%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 83%
John Breaux 52%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 83%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 12%
Richard Bryan 81%
Ed Bryant 4%
Jim Bunning 8%
Conrad Burns 3%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
Dan Burton 15%
Steve Buyer 4%
Robert Byrd 60%
Herbert Callahan 10%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 10%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 29%
Ben Campbell 34%
Thomas Campbell 63%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 19%
Chris Cannon 25%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 73%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 87%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 79%
Julia Carson 87%
Mike Castle 65%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 4%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 55%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 16%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 16%
William Clay, Sr. 87%
Eva Clayton 87%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 69%
Robert Clement 53%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 22%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 23%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 23%
Michael Collins 4%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 51%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 56%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 87%
Merrill Cook 32%
John Cooksey 48%
Jerry Costello 45%
Paul Coverdell 13%
Christopher Cox 29%
William Coyne 87%
Larry Craig 18%
Robert Cramer 48%
Philip Crane 10%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 16%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 61%
Barbara Cubin 21%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 87%
Randall Cunningham 15%
Patsy Ann Danner 45%
Thomas Daschle 64%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 87%
James Davis 65%
Thomas Davis III 51%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 19%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 82%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 83%
Bill Delahunt 82%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 87%
Thomas DeLay 4%
James DeMint 4%
Peter Deutsch 71%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 46%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 44%
Jay Dickey 23%
Norm Dicks 78%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 63%
Julian Dixon 87%
Chris Dodd 81%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 87%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 36%
Calvin Dooley 68%
John Doolittle 35%
Byron Dorgan 58%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 53%
David Dreier 35%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 4%
Jennifer Dunn 42%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 88%
John Edwards 81%
Chet Edwards 62%
Vern Ehlers 46%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 52%
Jo Ann Emerson 9%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 82%
Philip English 25%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 3%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 82%
Bob Etheridge 60%
Lane Evans 76%
Terry Everett 0%
Thomas Ewing 39%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 87%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 87%
Russ Feingold 69%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 88%
Bob Filner 83%
Peter Fitzgerald 48%
Ernest Fletcher 22%
Mark Foley 56%
Michael Patrick Forbes 49%
Harold Ford, Jr. 72%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 42%
Tillie Fowler 48%
Barney Frank 87%
Robert Franks 54%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 58%
William Frist 36%
Jonas Frost III 70%
Elton Gallegly 35%
John Ganske 51%
Sam Gejdenson 87%
George Gekas 32%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 78%
Jim Gibbons 37%
Wayne Gilchrest 55%
Paul Gillmor 25%
Benjamin Gilman 58%
Charlie Gonzalez 80%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 10%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 4%
William Goodling 39%
Bart Gordon 49%
Slade Gorton 42%
Porter Goss 35%
Daniel Graham 75%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 19%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 8%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 37%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 41%
Mark Green 29%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 54%
James Greenwood 67%
Judd Gregg 31%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 83%

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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