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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Owen Pickett 60%
Richard Pombo 5%
Earl Pomeroy 80%
John Edward Porter 20%
Deborah Pryce 5%
Jack Quinn 20%
George Radanovich 5%
James Ramstad 25%
Ralph Regula 10%
Silvestre Reyes 80%
Bob Riley 5%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 90%
Charles Robb 75%
Ciro Rodriguez 85%
Timothy Roemer 65%
James Rogan 5%
William Roth, Jr. 20%
Steve Rothman 85%
Marge Roukema 25%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 90%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 75%
Rick Santorum 10%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Jim Saxton 15%
Joe Scarborough 10%
Robert Schaffer 5%
John Shadegg 5%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 10%
Christopher Shays 30%
E.G. Shuster 5%
Norman Sisisky 60%
Joseph Skeen 10%
Ike Skelton 60%
Gordon Smith 15%
Nick Smith 10%
Bob Smith 0%
Olympia Snowe 40%
Vic Snyder 85%
Mark Souder 5%
Arlen Specter 50%
Floyd Spence 5%
John Spratt, Jr. 80%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 5%
Charles Stenholm 50%
Ted Stevens 20%
Ted Strickland 85%
Bob Stump 0%
Bart Stupak 85%
John Sununu 5%
James Talent 5%
John Tanner 65%
Ellen Tauscher 85%
William Tauzin 5%
Charles Taylor 5%
Gene Taylor 45%
Craig Thomas 5%
William Thomas 10%
Fred Thompson 10%
Karen Thurman 85%
Strom Thurmond 5%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
Robert Torricelli 90%
Ed Towns 90%
James Traficant, Jr. 25%
James Turner 65%
Bruce Vento 95%
James Walsh 15%
Zach Wamp 10%
John Warner 15%
Wesley Watkins 5%
Mel Watt 95%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 5%
David Weldon 0%
W. Curtis Weldon 15%
Gerald Weller 10%
Paul Wellstone 95%
Robert Wexler 90%
Bob Weygand 85%
Bob Wise, Jr. 85%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Albert Wynn 85%
Bill Young 10%

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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