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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 90%
Gary Ackerman 95%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Todd Akin 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
Rodney Alexander 75%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 0%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 90%
Joe Baca, Sr. 90%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Brian Baird 85%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 95%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 100%
Cass Ballenger 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 5%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 5%
Max Baucus 75%
Evan Bayh 80%
Bob Beauprez 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
Chris Bell 85%
Bob Bennett 0%
Douglas Bereuter 10%
Shelley Berkley 85%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 70%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 95%
Judy Biggert 10%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 90%
Tim Bishop 85%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 10%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 5%
Henry Bonilla 5%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 10%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 0%
Leonard Boswell 85%
Rick Boucher 85%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 75%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 95%
John Breaux 50%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 5%
Ginny Brown-Waite 5%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 5%
Conrad Burns 5%
Max Burns 5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 90%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
Dave Camp 0%
Ben Campbell 10%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 95%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
Dennis Cardoza 85%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 95%
Brad Carson 65%
Julia Carson 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 5%
Edward Case 85%
Mike Castle 15%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
Linc Chafee 40%
Saxby Chambliss 0%
Chris Chocola 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 95%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 95%
Howard Coble 5%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 5%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
Norm Coleman 5%
Michael Collins 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 25%
Larry Combest 5%
Kent Conrad 90%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 85%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
Jon Corzine 95%
Jerry Costello 80%
Christopher Cox 0%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 65%
Philip Crane 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
Randall Cunningham 5%
Thomas Daschle 95%
Artur Davis 80%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
James Davis 80%
Jo Ann Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 70%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 90%
Thomas Davis III 0%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
Peter Deutsch 90%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 5%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 5%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 0%
Norm Dicks 85%
John Dingell 95%
Chris Dodd 95%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
Elizabeth Dole 5%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 5%
Calvin Dooley 85%
John Doolittle 5%
Byron Dorgan 90%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 80%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 5%
Jennifer Dunn 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
John Edwards 95%
Chet Edwards 80%
Vern Ehlers 0%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 95%
Jo Ann Emerson 5%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
Philip English 5%
John Ensign 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
Bob Etheridge 90%
Lane Evans 95%
Terry Everett 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
Tom Feeney 0%
Russ Feingold 95%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 95%
Michael Ferguson 0%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 5%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 5%
Ernest Fletcher 0%
Mark Foley 5%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
Harold Ford, Jr. 85%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0%
Barney Frank 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 0%
William Frist 5%
Jonas Frost III 80%
Elton Gallegly 0%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 0%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 95%
Jim Gerlach 0%
Jim Gibbons 5%
Wayne Gilchrest 5%
Paul Gillmor 0%
Phil Gingrey 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 85%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
Bart Gordon 75%
Porter Goss 0%
Daniel Graham 90%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 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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