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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 10%
Gary Ackerman 95%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 90%
Rob Andrews 90%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 5%
John Ashcroft 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 5%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 90%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 65%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
Bill Barrett 5%
Roscoe Bartlett 5%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 5%
Charlie Bass 10%
Herbert Bateman 10%
Max Baucus 75%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 15%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 80%
Douglas Bereuter 10%
Howard Berman 85%
Marion Berry 70%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 85%
Brian Bilbray 10%
Michael Bilirakis 5%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 75%
Rod Blagojevich 85%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 5%
Sherwood Boehlert 30%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 5%
Kit Bond 15%
Henry Bonilla 10%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Robert Borski, Jr. 85%
Leonard Boswell 70%
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%
John Breaux 65%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 90%
George Brown, Jr. 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Richard Bryan 75%
Ed Bryant 5%
Jim Bunning 5%
Conrad Burns 5%
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%
Thomas Campbell 25%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 5%
Chris Cannon 5%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
Julia Carson 95%
Mike Castle 25%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 10%
John Chafee 40%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 5%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 5%
William Clay, Sr. 95%
Eva Clayton 95%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 85%
Robert Clement 75%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 5%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn 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 5%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 85%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
Merrill Cook 10%
John Cooksey 5%
Jerry Costello 75%
Paul Coverdell 10%
Christopher Cox 5%
William Coyne 95%
Larry Craig 5%
Robert Cramer 60%
Philip Crane 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 5%
Barbara Cubin 5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
Randall Cunningham 5%
Patsy Ann Danner 60%
Thomas Daschle 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
James Davis 80%
Thomas Davis III 15%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 5%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
Bill Delahunt 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
Thomas DeLay 5%
Peter Deutsch 90%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 20%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 15%
Jay Dickey 5%
Norm Dicks 80%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 85%
Julian Dixon 90%
Chris Dodd 85%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 15%
Calvin Dooley 75%
John Doolittle 5%
Byron Dorgan 90%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 70%
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%
Chet Edwards 75%
Vern Ehlers 15%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 10%
Jo Ann Emerson 5%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
Philip English 15%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
Bob Etheridge 80%
Lane Evans 90%
Terry Everett 5%
Thomas Ewing 5%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
Russ Feingold 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
Bob Filner 95%
Mark Foley 10%
Michael Patrick Forbes 30%
Harold Ford, Jr. 90%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 5%
Tillie Fowler 5%
Barney Frank 95%
Robert Franks 25%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 20%
William Frist 15%
Jonas Frost III 85%
Elton Gallegly 5%
John Ganske 10%
Sam Gejdenson 95%
George Gekas 10%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 95%
Jim Gibbons 10%
Wayne Gilchrest 20%
Paul Gillmor 10%
Benjamin Gilman 30%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 35%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 5%
William Goodling 10%
Bart Gordon 70%
Slade Gorton 15%
Porter Goss 5%
Daniel Graham 75%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 5%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 75%
James Greenwood 20%
Judd Gregg 10%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
Gilbert Gutknecht 5%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 35%
Tony Hall 70%
James Hansen 5%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 95%
J. Dennis Hastert 5%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 95%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 15%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 5%
Joel Hefley 5%
Jesse Helms 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 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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