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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 4%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 6%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 3%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 3%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 33%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 4%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 82%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 1%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 1%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 83%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 96%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 94%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 1%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 93%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 73%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 1%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 98%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 96%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 4%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 1%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 68%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 2%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 5%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 4%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 1%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 1%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 97%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 10%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 98%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 96%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 99%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 3%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 84%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 3%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 4%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 6%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 2%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 6%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 1%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 3%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 96%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 99%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 96%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 87%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 26%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 93%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 94%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 7%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 94%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 96%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 96%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 67%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 99%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 4%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 96%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 4%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 16%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 1%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 93%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 96%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 4%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 2%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 86%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 86%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 9%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 6%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 87%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 9%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 93%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 94%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 3%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 97%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 99%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 99%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 1%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 3%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 85%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 1%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 93%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 11%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 1%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 3%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 4%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 96%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 2%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 94%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 87%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 3%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 87%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 4%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 89%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 4%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 6%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 3%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 1%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 3%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 96%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 97%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 1%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 4%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 94%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 1%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 98%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 96%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 95%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 96%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 81%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 95%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 74%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 91%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 3%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 81%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 3%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 87%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 3%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Neil Abercrombie 77%
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%
Spencer Bachus 4%
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%
John Boehner 0%

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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