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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 10%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 5%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 5%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 15%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 5%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 85%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
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%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
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 95%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 15%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 5%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 75%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 5%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 10%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 95%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 5%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 5%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 80%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 10%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 5%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 5%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 5%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 5%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 80%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
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%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 90%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 95%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 5%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 15%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 5%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 90%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 85%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 5%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 95%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 5%
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 55%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 20%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 20%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 20%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 85%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 15%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 95%
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 95%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 5%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 80%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 5%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 95%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 5%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 5%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 70%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 5%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 5%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 10%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 90%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 5%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 35%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 5%
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 5%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 75%
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. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 15%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 5%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 10%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 95%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 95%
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 3 Ron Kind Democratic 85%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 10%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 15%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 90%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 75%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 10%
Gary Ackerman 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 90%
Rob Andrews 90%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 5%
John Ashcroft 0%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 65%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 5%
Roscoe Bartlett 5%
Charlie Bass 10%
Herbert Bateman 10%
Max Baucus 75%
Bob Bennett 15%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 80%
Douglas Bereuter 10%
Howard Berman 85%
Marion Berry 70%
Brian Bilbray 10%
Michael Bilirakis 5%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
Rod Blagojevich 85%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
Sherwood Boehlert 30%
Kit Bond 15%
Henry Bonilla 10%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Robert Borski, Jr. 85%
Leonard Boswell 70%
Rick Boucher 80%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 65%
John Breaux 65%
George Brown, Jr. 95%
Richard Bryan 75%
Ed Bryant 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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