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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

1996 Liberal on Foreign\Defense Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 32%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 28%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 43%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 70%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 58%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 52%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 49%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 76%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 63%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 73%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 21%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 30%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 35%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 47%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 87%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 30%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 64%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 50%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 93%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 30%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 87%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 0%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 63%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 44%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 21%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 81%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 68%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 61%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 84%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 70%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 93%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 52%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 72%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 82%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 82%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 78%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 32%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 21%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 61%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 89%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 77%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 47%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 76%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 28%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 76%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 41%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 62%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 37%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 30%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 53%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 76%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 0%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 75%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 26%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 45%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 87%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 74%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 45%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 61%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 55%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 41%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 79%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 73%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 65%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 87%
TX U.S. House 36 Steve Stockman Republican 28%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 59%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 41%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 70%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 21%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 90%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 93%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 30%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 90%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 55%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 55%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 90%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 72%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 66%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 0%
Gary Ackerman 71%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 64%
Rob Andrews 47%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 55%
Richard Hugh Baker 21%
William Baker 15%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 55%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 30%
Roscoe Bartlett 30%
Charlie Bass 38%
Herbert Bateman 36%
Max Baucus 70%
Anthony Beilenson 93%
Bob Bennett 42%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 70%
Douglas Bereuter 45%
Howard Berman 90%
Tom Bevill 52%
Brian Bilbray 41%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 76%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Peter Blute 48%
Sherwood Boehlert 37%
Kit Bond 35%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 79%
Sonny Bono 21%
Robert Borski, Jr. 79%
Rick Boucher 76%
Bill Bradley 71%
John Breaux 49%
Bill Brewster 55%
Glen Browder 48%
George Brown, Jr. 90%
Hank Brown 50%
Richard Bryan 77%
Ed Bryant 0%
John Bryant 64%
Dale Bumpers 93%
Jim Bunn 36%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 66%
Herbert Callahan 28%
Ben Campbell 0%
Thomas Campbell 72%
Mike Castle 53%
John Chafee 43%
Jim Chapman 52%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
Jon Lynn Christensen 37%
Dick Chrysler 15%
William Clay, Sr. 90%
Eva Clayton 72%
Robert Clement 57%
William Clinger 51%
William Cohen 8%
Ronald Coleman 67%
Barbara-Rose Collins 86%
Cardiss Collins 93%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 61%
Kent Conrad 70%

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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