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Rating Group: Home School Legal Defense Association

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 50%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 80%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 75%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 20%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 20%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 75%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 20%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 80%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 80%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 80%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 80%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 20%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 80%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 20%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 80%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 80%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 60%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 60%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 80%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 75%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 80%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 80%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 20%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 20%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 20%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 20%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 60%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 25%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 0%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 20%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 80%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 80%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 20%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 20%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 20%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 60%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 80%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 20%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 20%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 60%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 80%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 20%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 40%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 20%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 60%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 80%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 20%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 20%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 80%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 0%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 80%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 20%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 20%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 80%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 80%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 25%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 80%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 20%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 60%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 80%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 25%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 80%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 80%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 0%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 80%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 20%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 60%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 40%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 80%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 0%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 40%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 20%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 100%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 80%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 0%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 60%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 60%
Gary Ackerman 20%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Wayne Allard 80%
Thomas Allen 20%
Rob Andrews 20%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 80%
John Ashcroft 100%
Henry Scott Baesler 20%
Richard Hugh Baker 80%
Cass Ballenger 80%
James Barcia 20%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 60%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Charlie Bass 80%
Herbert Bateman 60%
Max Baucus 0%
Bob Bennett 80%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 20%
Douglas Bereuter 80%
Howard Berman 20%
Marion Berry 20%
Brian Bilbray 60%
Michael Bilirakis 80%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Rod Blagojevich 25%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 80%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
Kit Bond 80%
Henry Bonilla 80%
David Edward Bonior 20%
Sonny Bono 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 0%
Leonard Boswell 20%
Rick Boucher 20%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 40%

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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