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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2000 Conservative on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Elton Gallegly 55%
Ray LaHood 55%
Frank Mascara 55%
John McHugh 55%
Anne Northup 55%
Ralph Regula 55%
Gerald Weller 55%
Heather Wilson 55%
Peter Fitzgerald 54%
Paul Gillmor 54%
Alan Mollohan 54%
Jack Murtha 54%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 54%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 53%
Dan Miller 53%
Ted Stevens 53%
Jennifer Dunn 52%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 52%
John Ganske 52%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 52%
Dick Lugar 52%
Jim Saxton 52%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 52%
Thomas Davis III 51%
Vern Ehlers 51%
Gordon Smith 51%
James Walsh 51%
Robert Cramer 50%
Tony Hall 50%
Doug Ose 50%
Jack Quinn 50%
John Sweeney 50%
Nick Rahall II 49%
Timothy Roemer 49%
John Tanner 49%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 48%
Robert Clement 48%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 48%
Paul Kanjorski 48%
William Thomas 48%
Charlie Bass 47%
Deborah Pryce 47%
James Turner 47%
Judy Biggert 46%
John Breaux 46%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 46%
Olympia Snowe 46%
Arlen Specter 46%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 46%
Robert Borski, Jr. 45%
Bart Gordon 45%
James Kolbe 45%
James Ramstad 45%
James Merrill Jeffords 44%
James Leach 44%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 44%
Joe Baca, Sr. 43%
Max Baucus 43%
Wayne Gilchrest 43%
Dale Kildee 43%
Dennis Kucinich 43%
Michael McNulty 43%
Bart Stupak 43%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 42%
Sue Kelly 42%
Nicholas Lampson 42%
Marge Roukema 42%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 41%
John LaFalce 41%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 41%
John Spratt, Jr. 41%
Leonard Boswell 40%
John Dingell 40%
Bob Etheridge 40%
Baron Hill 40%
Robert Byrd 39%
Kent Conrad 39%
Byron Dorgan 39%
Mark Foley 39%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 39%
Timothy Johnson 39%
Rick Boucher 38%
Mike Castle 38%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 38%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 38%
Gary Condit 37%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 37%
Jim Oberstar 37%
Christopher Shays 37%
Ted Strickland 37%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 36%
Benjamin Gilman 36%
Mary Landrieu 36%
Blanche Lincoln 36%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 36%
Earl Pomeroy 36%
Silvestre Reyes 36%
James Greenwood 35%
Gerald Kleczka 35%
Herb Kohl 35%
Dennis Moore 35%
James Davis 34%
Nancy Johnson 34%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 34%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 34%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 34%
Sherwood Boehlert 33%
David Edward Bonior 33%
Chet Edwards 33%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 33%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 32%
William Jefferson 32%
James Maloney 32%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 32%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 31%
Harold Ford, Jr. 31%
Stephen Horn 31%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 31%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 31%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 30%
Rob Andrews 29%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 29%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 29%
Jim Moran, Jr. 29%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 29%
Vic Snyder 29%
Karen Thurman 29%
Rod Blagojevich 28%
Ciro Rodriguez 28%
Steve Rothman 28%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 26%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 26%
Peter Deutsch 26%
Lane Evans 26%
William Luther 26%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 26%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 26%
Dave Obey 26%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 26%
David Wu 26%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 24%
Shelley Berkley 24%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 24%
Jonas Frost III 24%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 24%
Carolyn McCarthy 24%
Ellen Tauscher 24%
Mark Udall 24%
Darlene Hooley 23%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 23%
Norm Dicks 22%
Charlie Gonzalez 22%
Rush Holt, Jr. 22%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 22%
Ed Pastor 22%
Evan Bayh 21%
Jeff Bingaman 21%
John Edwards 21%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 21%
Russ Feingold 21%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 21%
Daniel Graham 21%
Ernest Hollings 21%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 21%
Joe Lieberman 21%
Constance Morella 21%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 21%
Jay Rockefeller IV 21%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 21%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 21%
Howard Berman 17%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 17%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 17%
Calvin Dooley 17%
Joseph Hoeffel 17%
Patrick Kennedy 17%
Tom Lantos 17%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 17%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 17%
Martin Meehan 17%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 17%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 17%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 17%
Anthony Weiner 17%
Albert Wynn 17%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 16%
Bill Delahunt 15%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 15%
Robert Matsui 15%
Donald Payne 15%
Mel Watt 15%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 14%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 14%
Robert Wexler 14%

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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