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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Home School Legal Defense Association

1999-2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 20%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 80%
Gary Ackerman 20%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 80%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 60%
Wayne Allard 80%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 0%
Bill Archer 60%
Richard Armey 60%
John Ashcroft 80%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 60%
Brian Baird 40%
Richard Hugh Baker 60%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
Cass Ballenger 60%
James Barcia 20%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 20%
Bill Barrett 60%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 80%
Charlie Bass 80%
Herbert Bateman 40%
Max Baucus 40%
Evan Bayh 40%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 20%
Bob Bennett 80%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 0%
Douglas Bereuter 60%
Shelley Berkley 20%
Howard Berman 20%
Marion Berry 0%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Judy Biggert 60%
Brian Bilbray 60%
Jeff Bingaman 60%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
Rod Blagojevich 20%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 60%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 20%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 80%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 60%
Kit Bond 80%
Henry Bonilla 60%
David Edward Bonior 0%
Mary Bono Mack 60%
Robert Borski, Jr. 0%
Leonard Boswell 40%
Rick Boucher 40%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 60%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 20%
John Breaux 60%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 20%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Richard Bryan 60%
Ed Bryant 60%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 80%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 60%
Dan Burton 80%
Steve Buyer 60%
Robert Byrd 60%
Herbert Callahan 60%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 40%
Ben Campbell 80%
Thomas Campbell 80%
Chris Cannon 80%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 20%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
Julia Carson 20%
Mike Castle 40%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 80%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 60%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 80%
William Clay, Sr. 20%
Eva Clayton 0%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 80%
Robert Clement 20%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 60%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 60%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 80%
Michael Collins 80%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 80%
Larry Combest 60%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 40%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 20%
Merrill Cook 80%
John Cooksey 60%
Jerry Costello 20%
Paul Coverdell 60%
Christopher Cox 60%
William Coyne 20%
Larry Craig 80%
Robert Cramer 20%
Philip Crane 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 80%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 0%
Barbara Cubin 60%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 20%
Randall Cunningham 80%
Patsy Ann Danner 40%
Thomas Daschle 60%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 20%
Thomas Davis III 60%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 40%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 20%
Bill Delahunt 20%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 20%
Thomas DeLay 80%
James DeMint 80%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 80%
Jay Dickey 60%
Norm Dicks 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 20%
Julian Dixon 20%
Chris Dodd 60%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 20%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 80%
Calvin Dooley 0%
John Doolittle 60%
Byron Dorgan 40%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 20%
David Dreier 60%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 80%
Jennifer Dunn 60%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 60%
John Edwards 40%
Chet Edwards 0%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 60%
Jo Ann Emerson 60%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 20%
Philip English 40%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 20%
Bob Etheridge 20%
Lane Evans 20%
Terry Everett 60%
Thomas Ewing 60%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 20%
Russ Feingold 40%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 20%
Peter Fitzgerald 60%
Ernest Fletcher 60%
Michael Patrick Forbes 60%
Harold Ford, Jr. 0%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 60%
Barney Frank 40%
Robert Franks 60%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 60%
William Frist 80%
Jonas Frost III 0%
Elton Gallegly 60%
John Ganske 40%
Sam Gejdenson 20%
George Gekas 60%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 0%
Jim Gibbons 60%
Wayne Gilchrest 40%
Paul Gillmor 60%
Benjamin Gilman 40%
Charlie Gonzalez 0%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 60%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 80%
William Goodling 60%
Bart Gordon 20%
Slade Gorton 80%
Porter Goss 60%
Daniel Graham 40%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 80%
William Phillip Gramm 100%
Rodney Grams 80%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 80%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
Mark Green 80%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 0%
James Greenwood 60%
Judd Gregg 80%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 20%
Gilbert Gutknecht 60%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 60%
Tony Hall 0%
James Hansen 60%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 40%
J. Dennis Hastert 60%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 20%

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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