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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 98%
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%
Brian Baird 85%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 1%
James Barcia 60%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 3%
Charlie Bass 6%
Max Baucus 51%
Evan Bayh 80%
Bob Bennett 2%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 80%
Douglas Bereuter 9%
Shelley Berkley 84%
Howard Berman 91%
Marion Berry 66%
Judy Biggert 9%
Michael Bilirakis 4%
Jeff Bingaman 89%
Rod Blagojevich 90%
Sherwood Boehlert 16%
Kit Bond 2%
Henry Bonilla 1%
David Edward Bonior 96%
Mary Bono Mack 3%
Robert Borski, Jr. 85%
Leonard Boswell 76%
Rick Boucher 82%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 73%
John Breaux 45%
Henry Brown, Jr. 1%
Ed Bryant 1%
Jim Bunning 2%
Conrad Burns 2%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 87%
Herbert Callahan 0%
Ben Campbell 9%
Chris Cannon 0%
Brad Carson 79%
Julia Carson 94%
Mike Castle 16%
Eva Clayton 96%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 67%
Robert Clement 67%
Hillary Clinton 98%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 61%
Kent Conrad 91%
John Cooksey 0%
Jon Corzine 98%
Jerry Costello 72%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 98%
Larry Craig 2%
Robert Cramer 57%
Philip Crane 1%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Randall Cunningham 1%
Thomas Daschle 98%
James Davis 81%
Jo Ann Davis 4%
Thomas Davis III 9%
Bill Delahunt 100%
Thomas DeLay 1%
James DeMint 0%
Peter Deutsch 90%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 3%
Norm Dicks 81%
Chris Dodd 98%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 9%
Calvin Dooley 69%
John Doolittle 1%
Byron Dorgan 92%
David Dreier 3%
Jennifer Dunn 3%
John Edwards 90%
Chet Edwards 80%
Vern Ehlers 3%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 4%
Jo Ann Emerson 8%
Philip English 7%
John Ensign 12%
Bob Etheridge 77%
Lane Evans 93%
Terry Everett 0%
Russ Feingold 89%
Michael Ferguson 6%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 15%
Ernest Fletcher 1%
Mark Foley 6%
Harold Ford, Jr. 77%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 1%
Barney Frank 97%
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%
Bart Gordon 56%
Porter Goss 1%
Daniel Graham 93%
William Phillip Gramm 2%
Mark Green 0%
James Greenwood 6%
Judd Gregg 1%
Felix Grucci, Jr. 4%
Gilbert Gutknecht 4%
Tony Hall 78%
James Hansen 0%
Jane Harman 76%
Melissa Hart 1%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 1%
Joel Hefley 6%
Jesse Helms 2%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Baron Hill 77%
Van Hilleary 3%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 97%
Maurice Hinchey 96%
David Lee Hobson 4%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 87%
Pete Hoekstra 3%
Thomas Holden 75%
Ernest Hollings 94%
Darlene Hooley 84%
Stephen Horn 12%
John Nathan Hostettler 6%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 18%
Kenny Hulshof 4%
Duncan Hunter 2%
Asa Hutchinson 3%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 6%
Kay Hutchison 9%
Henry Hyde 3%
Daniel Inouye 98%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 3%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 88%
William Jefferson 96%
James Merrill Jeffords 40%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
Christopher John 61%
Nancy Johnson 19%
Tim Johnson 7%
Paul Kanjorski 80%
Ric Keller 0%
Sue Kelly 13%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 98%
Mark Kennedy 4%
Patrick Kennedy 91%
Brian Kerns 1%
Dale Kildee 83%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 97%
Gerald Kleczka 81%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
Herb Kohl 82%
James Kolbe 7%
Dennis Kucinich 81%
Jon Kyl 3%
John LaFalce 93%
Ray LaHood 3%
Nicholas Lampson 87%
Tom Lantos 91%
Stephen Largent 0%
Steve LaTourette 4%
James Leach 12%
Jerry Lewis 2%
Ron Lewis 0%
Joe Lieberman 94%
Blanche Lincoln 73%
John Linder 0%
William Lipinski 45%
Trent Lott, Sr. 3%
Dick Lugar 9%
William Luther 91%
James Maloney 74%
Don Manzullo 4%
Frank Mascara 80%
Robert Matsui 94%
Karen McCarthy 91%

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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