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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

1999 Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Charlie Bass 70%
Herbert Bateman 59%
Max Baucus 0%
Evan Bayh 40%
Bob Bennett 67%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 32%
Douglas Bereuter 60%
Shelley Berkley 27%
Howard Berman 15%
Marion Berry 23%
Judy Biggert 58%
Brian Bilbray 85%
Michael Bilirakis 92%
Jeff Bingaman 29%
Rod Blagojevich 39%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 58%
Sherwood Boehlert 47%
Kit Bond 66%
Henry Bonilla 86%
David Edward Bonior 8%
Mary Bono Mack 55%
Robert Borski, Jr. 26%
Leonard Boswell 34%
Rick Boucher 30%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 30%
John Breaux 29%
Richard Bryan 29%
Ed Bryant 92%
Jim Bunning 94%
Conrad Burns 77%
Dan Burton 90%
Steve Buyer 57%
Robert Byrd 46%
Herbert Callahan 50%
Ben Campbell 67%
Thomas Campbell 58%
Chris Cannon 97%
Julia Carson 11%
Mike Castle 51%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 85%
William Clay, Sr. 16%
Eva Clayton 7%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 40%
Robert Clement 36%
Michael Collins 86%
Larry Combest 86%
Gary Condit 51%
Kent Conrad 29%
Merrill Cook 78%
John Cooksey 54%
Jerry Costello 43%
Paul Coverdell 77%
Christopher Cox 62%
William Coyne 5%
Larry Craig 94%
Robert Cramer 45%
Philip Crane 92%
Barbara Cubin 81%
Randall Cunningham 81%
Patsy Ann Danner 55%
Thomas Daschle 0%
James Davis 23%
Thomas Davis III 50%
Bill Delahunt 5%
Thomas DeLay 81%
James DeMint 97%
Peter Deutsch 36%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 55%
Jay Dickey 81%
Norm Dicks 30%
Julian Dixon 8%
Chris Dodd 13%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 67%
Calvin Dooley 23%
John Doolittle 85%
Byron Dorgan 38%
David Dreier 50%
Jennifer Dunn 55%
John Edwards 24%
Chet Edwards 30%
Vern Ehlers 53%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 60%
Jo Ann Emerson 62%
Philip English 58%
Bob Etheridge 37%
Lane Evans 8%
Terry Everett 86%
Thomas Ewing 72%
Russ Feingold 45%
Bob Filner 5%
Peter Fitzgerald 84%
Ernest Fletcher 73%
Mark Foley 66%
Michael Patrick Forbes 44%
Harold Ford, Jr. 17%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 69%
Tillie Fowler 66%
Barney Frank 34%
Robert Franks 60%
William Frist 67%
Jonas Frost III 30%
Elton Gallegly 73%
John Ganske 73%
Sam Gejdenson 5%
George Gekas 62%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 17%
Jim Gibbons 91%
Wayne Gilchrest 55%
Paul Gillmor 60%
Benjamin Gilman 52%
Charlie Gonzalez 12%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 97%
William Goodling 81%
Bart Gordon 44%
Slade Gorton 67%
Porter Goss 55%
Daniel Graham 40%
William Phillip Gramm 90%
Rodney Grams 60%
Mark Green 62%
James Greenwood 53%
Judd Gregg 90%
Gilbert Gutknecht 97%
Tony Hall 23%
James Hansen 69%
Robert Hayes 63%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 78%
Joel Hefley 92%
Jesse Helms 94%
Wally Herger, Jr. 97%
Baron Hill 34%
Rick Hill 92%
Van Hilleary 97%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 0%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
David Lee Hobson 50%
Pete Hoekstra 86%
Thomas Holden 40%
Ernest Hollings 47%
Darlene Hooley 17%
Stephen Horn 55%
John Nathan Hostettler 92%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 45%
Kenny Hulshof 80%
Duncan Hunter 54%
Asa Hutchinson 73%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 94%
Kay Hutchison 77%
Henry Hyde 52%
Daniel Inouye 13%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 92%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 37%
William Jefferson 12%
James Merrill Jeffords 47%
William Lewis Jenkins 78%
Christopher John 41%
Nancy Johnson 48%
Paul Kanjorski 33%
Sue Kelly 48%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 13%
Patrick Kennedy 12%
Bob Kerrey 13%
Dale Kildee 36%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
Gerald Kleczka 39%
Ronald Klink 37%
Joseph Knollenberg 50%
Herb Kohl 24%
James Kolbe 48%
Dennis Kucinich 48%
Steven Kuykendall 64%
Jon Kyl 60%
John LaFalce 17%
Ray LaHood 70%
Nicholas Lampson 12%
Tom Lantos 11%
Stephen Largent 77%
Steve LaTourette 53%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
Rick Lazio 59%
James Leach 59%
Jerry Lewis 48%
Ron Lewis 78%
Joe Lieberman 29%
Blanche Lincoln 29%
John Linder 81%
William Lipinski 48%
Trent Lott, Sr. 67%
Dick Lugar 49%
William Luther 12%
Connie Mack 54%
James Maloney 41%
Don Manzullo 91%
Matthew Martinez 12%
Frank Mascara 42%
Robert Matsui 12%
Karen McCarthy 8%
Bill McCollum 66%
James McCrery III 73%
John McHugh 55%

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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