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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 77%
Gary Ackerman 98%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 3%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 98%
Todd Akin 1%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 8%
Thomas Allen 96%
Rob Andrews 83%
Richard Armey 2%
Joe Baca, Sr. 88%
Spencer Bachus 4%
Brian Baird 85%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 93%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
Cass Ballenger 1%
James Barcia 60%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 87%
Roscoe Bartlett 3%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 1%
Charlie Bass 6%
Max Baucus 51%
Evan Bayh 80%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 98%
Bob Bennett 2%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 80%
Douglas Bereuter 9%
Shelley Berkley 84%
Howard Berman 91%
Marion Berry 66%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
Judy Biggert 9%
Michael Bilirakis 4%
Jeff Bingaman 89%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 68%
Rod Blagojevich 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 85%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 4%
Sherwood Boehlert 16%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 2%
Henry Bonilla 1%
David Edward Bonior 96%
Mary Bono Mack 3%
Robert Borski, Jr. 85%
Leonard Boswell 76%
Rick Boucher 82%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 98%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 73%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 93%
John Breaux 45%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 98%
Henry Brown, Jr. 1%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 99%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 2%
Ed Bryant 1%
Jim Bunning 2%
Conrad Burns 2%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 4%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 87%
Herbert Callahan 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
Dave Camp 1%
Ben Campbell 9%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 3%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 96%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 3%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 87%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 73%
Brad Carson 79%
Julia Carson 94%
Mike Castle 16%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 3%
Lincoln Chafee 37%
Saxby Chambliss 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 96%
Eva Clayton 96%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 67%
Robert Clement 67%
Hillary Clinton 98%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 89%
Howard Coble 3%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 16%
Michael Collins 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 26%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 61%
Kent Conrad 91%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 96%
John Cooksey 0%
Jon Corzine 98%
Jerry Costello 72%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 98%
Larry Craig 2%
Robert Cramer 57%
Philip Crane 1%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 4%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 1%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 86%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
Randall Cunningham 1%
Thomas Daschle 98%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 96%
James Davis 81%
Jo Ann Davis 4%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 83%
Thomas Davis III 9%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 99%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 2%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 96%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 94%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 93%
Thomas DeLay 1%
James DeMint 0%
Peter Deutsch 90%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 11%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 3%
Norm Dicks 81%
John Dingell 87%
Chris Dodd 98%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 9%
Calvin Dooley 69%
John Doolittle 1%
Byron Dorgan 92%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 87%
David Dreier 3%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 6%
Jennifer Dunn 3%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 97%
John Edwards 90%
Chet Edwards 80%
Vern Ehlers 3%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 4%
Jo Ann Emerson 8%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 91%
Philip English 7%
John Ensign 12%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 87%
Bob Etheridge 77%
Lane Evans 93%
Terry Everett 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 96%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 94%
Russ Feingold 89%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 82%
Michael Ferguson 6%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 15%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 4%
Ernest Fletcher 1%
Mark Foley 6%
Harold Ford, Jr. 77%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 1%
Barney Frank 97%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 9%
William Frist 1%
Jonas Frost III 85%
Elton Gallegly 1%
John Ganske 6%
George Gekas 3%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 97%
Jim Gibbons 1%
Wayne Gilchrest 6%
Paul Gillmor 4%
Benjamin Gilman 18%
Charlie Gonzalez 90%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 3%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 1%
Bart Gordon 56%
Porter Goss 1%
Daniel Graham 93%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 4%
William Phillip Gramm 2%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 3%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 5%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 4%
Mark Green 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 80%
James Greenwood 6%
Judd Gregg 1%
Felix Grucci, Jr. 4%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 98%
Gilbert Gutknecht 4%
Charles Hagel 6%
Ralph Hall 23%
Tony Hall 78%

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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