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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 80%
Gary Ackerman 90%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Todd Akin 0%
Wayne Allard 5%
George Allen 10%
Thomas Allen 90%
Rob Andrews 85%
Richard Armey 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 85%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 5%
Brian Baird 85%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 90%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 95%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 65%
Bob Barr, Jr. 5%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 90%
Roscoe Bartlett 5%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 15%
Max Baucus 65%
Evan Bayh 75%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
Bob Bennett 10%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 75%
Douglas Bereuter 10%
Shelley Berkley 85%
Howard Berman 90%
Marion Berry 70%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
Judy Biggert 10%
Michael Bilirakis 5%
Jeff Bingaman 85%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 70%
Rod Blagojevich 85%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 20%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 10%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Mary Bono Mack 10%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
Robert Borski, Jr. 85%
Leonard Boswell 75%
Rick Boucher 80%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 65%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 90%
John Breaux 60%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 90%
Henry Brown, Jr. 5%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 10%
Ed Bryant 0%
Jim Bunning 5%
Conrad Burns 10%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
Dan Burton 5%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 80%
Herbert Callahan 5%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 5%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 5%
Ben Campbell 15%
Chris Cannon 5%
Eric Cantor 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 90%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
Jean Carnahan 85%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 75%
Brad Carson 65%
Julia Carson 90%
Mike Castle 20%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 5%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 50%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 90%
Eva Clayton 90%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 75%
Robert Clement 70%
Hillary Clinton 95%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 85%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
Michael Collins 5%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 75%
Kent Conrad 85%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
John Cooksey 0%
Jon Corzine 95%
Jerry Costello 70%
Christopher Cox 5%
William Coyne 95%
Larry Craig 10%
Robert Cramer 50%
Philip Crane 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 85%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 90%
Randall Cunningham 5%
Thomas Daschle 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
James Davis 75%
Jo Ann Davis 5%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 85%
Thomas Davis III 10%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 5%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
Bill Delahunt 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 5%
Peter Deutsch 85%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 20%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 5%
Norm Dicks 80%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
Chris Dodd 95%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 15%
Calvin Dooley 65%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 85%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 75%
David Dreier 5%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 10%
Jennifer Dunn 5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
John Edwards 85%
Chet Edwards 70%
Vern Ehlers 15%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 10%
Jo Ann Emerson 10%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
Philip English 10%
John Ensign 15%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
Bob Etheridge 80%
Lane Evans 90%
Terry Everett 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
Russ Feingold 85%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
Michael Ferguson 10%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 25%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 10%
Ernest Fletcher 5%
Mark Foley 10%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
Harold Ford, Jr. 80%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 5%
Barney Frank 95%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 10%
William Frist 5%
Jonas Frost III 80%
Elton Gallegly 5%
John Ganske 15%
George Gekas 5%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 90%
Jim Gibbons 5%
Wayne Gilchrest 15%
Paul Gillmor 5%
Benjamin Gilman 25%
Charlie Gonzalez 85%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 5%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
Bart Gordon 65%
Porter Goss 5%
Daniel Graham 85%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 10%
William Phillip Gramm 5%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 10%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 5%
Mark Green 5%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 80%
James Greenwood 15%
Judd Gregg 10%
Felix Grucci, Jr. 10%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
Gilbert Gutknecht 5%

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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