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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Jim Bunning 5%
Conrad Burns 5%
Dan Burton 5%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 80%
Herbert Callahan 5%
Ben Campbell 15%
Thomas Campbell 25%
Chris Cannon 5%
Julia Carson 95%
Mike Castle 25%
John Chafee 40%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 5%
William Clay, Sr. 95%
Eva Clayton 95%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 85%
Robert Clement 75%
Michael Collins 5%
Larry Combest 5%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 85%
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%
Barbara Cubin 5%
Randall Cunningham 5%
Patsy Ann Danner 60%
Thomas Daschle 90%
James Davis 80%
Thomas Davis III 15%
Bill Delahunt 95%
Thomas DeLay 5%
Peter Deutsch 90%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 15%
Jay Dickey 5%
Norm Dicks 80%
Julian Dixon 90%
Chris Dodd 85%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 15%
Calvin Dooley 75%
John Doolittle 5%
Byron Dorgan 90%
David Dreier 5%
Jennifer Dunn 5%
Chet Edwards 75%
Vern Ehlers 15%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 10%
Jo Ann Emerson 5%
Philip English 15%
Bob Etheridge 80%
Lane Evans 90%
Terry Everett 5%
Thomas Ewing 5%
Russ Feingold 90%
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%
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%
William Goodling 10%
Bart Gordon 70%
Slade Gorton 15%
Porter Goss 5%
Daniel Graham 75%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 0%
James Greenwood 20%
Judd Gregg 10%
Gilbert Gutknecht 5%
Tony Hall 70%
James Hansen 5%
J. Dennis Hastert 5%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 5%
Joel Hefley 5%
Jesse Helms 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 5%
Rick Hill 5%
Van Hilleary 5%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 90%
Maurice Hinchey 95%
David Lee Hobson 10%
Pete Hoekstra 5%
Thomas Holden 60%
Ernest Hollings 80%
Darlene Hooley 85%
Stephen Horn 25%
John Nathan Hostettler 5%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 25%
Kenny Hulshof 10%
Duncan Hunter 5%
Asa Hutchinson 5%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 5%
Kay Hutchison 5%
Henry Hyde 5%
Daniel Inouye 90%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 95%
William Jefferson 90%
James Merrill Jeffords 50%
William Lewis Jenkins 5%
Christopher John 60%
Nancy Johnson 30%
Paul Kanjorski 80%
Sue Kelly 20%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 95%
Patrick Kennedy 95%
Bob Kerrey 85%
Dale Kildee 80%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 95%
Gerald Kleczka 80%
Ronald Klink 70%
Joseph Knollenberg 10%
Herb Kohl 75%
James Kolbe 15%
Dennis Kucinich 80%
Jon Kyl 0%
John LaFalce 85%
Ray LaHood 10%
Nicholas Lampson 85%
Tom Lantos 95%
Stephen Largent 5%
Steve LaTourette 15%
Frank Lautenberg 95%
Rick Lazio 20%
James Leach 30%
Jerry Lewis 10%
Ron Lewis 5%
Joe Lieberman 75%
John Linder 5%
William Lipinski 60%
Trent Lott, Sr. 5%
Dick Lugar 20%
William Luther 80%
Connie Mack 10%
James Maloney 85%
Don Manzullo 5%
Matthew Martinez 85%
Frank Mascara 70%
Robert Matsui 90%
Karen McCarthy 90%
Bill McCollum 5%
James McCrery III 5%
John McHugh 15%
Scott McInnis 5%
David McIntosh 5%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 90%
Michael McNulty 90%
Martin Meehan 95%
Carrie Meek 90%
Jack Metcalf 10%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 95%
Dan Miller 10%
David Minge 75%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 95%
John Moakley 90%
Alan Mollohan 70%
Constance Morella 40%
Patrick Moynihan 80%
Frank Murkowski 10%
Jack Murtha 65%
Sue Myrick 5%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 5%
Robert William Ney 10%
Don Nickles 0%
Anne Northup 5%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 5%
James Nussle 5%
Jim Oberstar 85%
Dave Obey 90%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 65%
Major Owens 95%
Michael Oxley 10%
Ronald Packard 5%
Ron Paul 20%
Donald Payne 95%
Edward Pease 5%
John Peterson 5%
Charles Pickering, 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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