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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Home School Legal Defense Association

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 20%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 60%
Gary Ackerman 20%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Wayne Allard 80%
Thomas Allen 20%
Rob Andrews 20%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 80%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 100%
Henry Scott Baesler 20%
Richard Hugh Baker 80%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 25%
Cass Ballenger 80%
James Barcia 20%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 80%
Bill Barrett 60%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 100%
Charlie Bass 80%
Herbert Bateman 60%
Max Baucus 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 25%
Bob Bennett 80%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 20%
Douglas Bereuter 80%
Howard Berman 20%
Marion Berry 20%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 20%
Brian Bilbray 60%
Michael Bilirakis 80%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
Rod Blagojevich 25%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 80%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 80%
Kit Bond 80%
Henry Bonilla 80%
David Edward Bonior 20%
Sonny Bono 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 0%
Leonard Boswell 20%
Rick Boucher 20%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 40%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
John Breaux 20%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 20%
George Brown, Jr. 20%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 20%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 80%
Richard Bryan 0%
Ed Bryant 100%
Dale Bumpers 0%
Jim Bunning 80%
Conrad Burns 80%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 80%
Dan Burton 66%
Steve Buyer 80%
Robert Byrd 20%
Herbert Callahan 80%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 80%
Dave Camp 80%
Ben Campbell 100%
Thomas Campbell 60%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 80%
Chris Cannon 100%
Walter Holden Capps 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 20%
Julia Carson 20%
Mike Castle 80%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
John Chafee 20%
Saxby Chambliss 80%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 100%
Jon Lynn Christensen 80%
William Clay, Sr. 0%
Eva Clayton 20%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 20%
Robert Clement 40%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 60%
Howard Coble 100%
Thomas Coburn 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 60%
Michael Collins 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 60%
Larry Combest 80%
Gary Condit 40%
Kent Conrad 0%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 20%
Merrill Cook 80%
John Cooksey 75%
Jerry Costello 20%
Paul Coverdell 80%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 20%
Larry Craig 80%
Robert Cramer 20%
Philip Crane 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
Barbara Cubin 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Randall Cunningham 80%
Alfonse D'Amato 40%
Patsy Ann Danner 60%
Thomas Daschle 0%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 20%
James Davis 0%
Thomas Davis III 80%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 80%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 25%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 20%
Bill Delahunt 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 20%
Thomas DeLay 80%
Peter Deutsch 20%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 60%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 80%
Jay Dickey 80%
Norm Dicks 20%
John Dingell 20%
Julian Dixon 20%
Chris Dodd 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 20%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 50%
Calvin Dooley 20%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 20%
David Dreier 80%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 80%
Jennifer Dunn 80%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
Chet Edwards 20%
Vern Ehlers 80%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 80%
Jo Ann Emerson 80%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 20%
Philip English 80%
John Ensign 80%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 25%
Bob Etheridge 20%
Lane Evans 40%
Terry Everett 100%
Thomas Ewing 80%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 80%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 20%
Harris Fawell 75%
Victor Fazio 20%
Russ Feingold 20%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 20%
Bob Filner 0%
Mark Foley 80%
Michael Patrick Forbes 60%
Harold Ford, Jr. 20%
Wendell Ford 0%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 75%
Tillie Fowler 80%
Jon David Fox 80%
Barney Frank 0%
Robert Franks 80%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 80%
William Frist 60%
Jonas Frost III 20%
Elizabeth Furse 20%
Elton Gallegly 80%
John Ganske 80%
Sam Gejdenson 20%
George Gekas 80%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 0%
Jim Gibbons 80%
Wayne Gilchrest 80%
Paul Gillmor 100%
Benjamin Gilman 40%
John Glenn 0%
Henry Gonzalez 0%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
William Goodling 80%
Bart Gordon 20%
Slade Gorton 60%
Porter Goss 75%
Daniel Graham 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 80%
William Phillip Gramm 80%
Rodney Grams 80%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 80%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 25%
James Greenwood 80%

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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