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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 5%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 10%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 5%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 5%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 5%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 95%
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 95%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 0%
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 5%
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 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 5%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
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 10%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 5%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 85%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 15%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 95%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 5%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 95%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 0%
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 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 95%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 0%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 90%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 5%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 5%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 5%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 10%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 5%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 90%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 95%
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 95%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 95%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 55%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 95%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 85%
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 6 Howard Coble Republican 5%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 15%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 15%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 15%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 75%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 10%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
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 5%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 90%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 5%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 95%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 10%
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 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 75%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
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 95%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 85%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 5%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 95%
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 95%
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 100%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 10%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 10%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 90%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 90%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 80%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 5%
Gary Ackerman 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Wayne Allard 5%
Rob Andrews 75%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 65%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 75%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 5%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Charlie Bass 10%
Herbert Bateman 5%
Max Baucus 70%
Bob Bennett 5%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 90%
Douglas Bereuter 15%
Howard Berman 95%
Brian Bilbray 10%
Michael Bilirakis 5%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
Sherwood Boehlert 25%
Kit Bond 5%
Henry Bonilla 5%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Sonny Bono 5%
Robert Borski, Jr. 90%
Rick Boucher 85%
John Breaux 75%
George Brown, Jr. 95%
Richard Bryan 85%
Ed Bryant 0%
Dale Bumpers 95%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 5%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 85%
Herbert Callahan 5%
Ben Campbell 25%
Thomas Campbell 15%
Mike Castle 15%
John Chafee 25%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 5%
Jon Lynn Christensen 5%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 95%
Robert Clement 75%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 50%
Kent Conrad 90%
Jerry Costello 80%
Paul Coverdell 0%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 95%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 60%
Philip Crane 0%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Randall Cunningham 5%
Alfonse D'Amato 10%
Patsy Ann Danner 70%
Thomas Daschle 95%

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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