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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: State PIRGs Working Together

2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Jack Murtha 38%
Marilyn Musgrave 5%
Sue Myrick 5%
Ben Nelson 30%
Robert William Ney 5%
Anne Northup 10%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 5%
James Nussle 0%
Jim Oberstar 76%
Dave Obey 90%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 29%
Thomas William Osborne 0%
Major Owens 100%
Michael Oxley 0%
Ron Paul 19%
Donald Payne 90%
John Peterson 0%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 0%
Todd Platts 24%
Richard Pombo 5%
Earl Pomeroy 48%
Jon Porter, Sr. 10%
Deborah Pryce 0%
George Radanovich 5%
James Ramstad 48%
Ralph Regula 0%
Denny Rehberg 0%
Richard Renzi 10%
Silvestre Reyes 48%
Thomas Reynolds 5%
Mike Ross 43%
Steve Rothman 86%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 90%
Rick Santorum 0%
Paul Sarbanes 90%
Jim Saxton 52%
John Shadegg 5%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 10%
Christopher Shays 67%
Donald Sherwood 0%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 48%
Ike Skelton 57%
Gordon Smith 30%
Olympia Snowe 60%
Vic Snyder 71%
Hilda Solis 100%
Mark Souder 0%
Arlen Specter 30%
John Spratt, Jr. 71%
Pete Stark 95%
Cliff Stearns 14%
Ted Stevens 0%
Ted Strickland 71%
Bart Stupak 62%
John Sullivan 0%
John Sununu 25%
John Sweeney 19%
James Talent 5%
Tom Tancredo 5%
John Tanner 43%
Ellen Tauscher 86%
Charles Taylor 10%
Gene Taylor 48%
Craig Thomas 0%
William Thomas 5%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
Ed Towns 52%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 76%
George Voinovich 5%
James Walsh 19%
Zach Wamp 10%
John Warner 10%
Diane Watson 95%
Mel Watt 100%
Anthony Weiner 95%
David Weldon 5%
W. Curtis Weldon 43%
Gerald Weller 5%
Robert Wexler 95%
Heather Wilson 0%
Lynn Woolsey 86%
David Wu 76%
Albert Wynn 62%
Bill Young 10%

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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