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Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 20%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 10%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 30%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 10%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 95%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 75%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 85%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 10%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 95%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 15%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 10%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 10%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 5%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 75%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 95%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 90%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 95%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 90%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 5%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 5%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 5%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 10%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 80%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 10%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 10%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 95%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 95%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 90%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 90%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 95%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 95%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 5%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 5%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 85%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 70%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 5%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 5%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 5%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 85%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 5%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 5%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 5%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 10%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 5%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 90%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 5%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 85%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 85%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 65%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 5%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 15%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 15%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 10%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 10%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 95%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 5%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 90%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 5%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 5%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 5%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 5%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 85%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 85%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
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 5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 90%
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 90%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 70%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 10%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 80%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 95%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 80%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 5%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 85%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 10%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 15%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 10%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 80%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 5%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 80%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 5%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 10%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 50%

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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