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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 95%
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%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 5%
Henry Scott Baesler 65%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 90%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 75%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 90%
Bill Barrett 5%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 5%
Charlie Bass 10%
Herbert Bateman 5%
Max Baucus 70%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 5%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 90%
Douglas Bereuter 15%
Howard Berman 95%
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 85%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
Sherwood Boehlert 25%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 5%
Henry Bonilla 5%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Sonny Bono 5%
Robert Borski, Jr. 90%
Rick Boucher 85%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
John Breaux 75%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
George Brown, Jr. 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 5%
Richard Bryan 85%
Ed Bryant 0%
Dale Bumpers 95%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 85%
Herbert Callahan 5%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 5%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 5%
Ben Campbell 25%
Thomas Campbell 15%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 5%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
Mike Castle 15%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 5%
John Chafee 25%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 5%
Jon Lynn Christensen 5%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 95%
Robert Clement 75%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 95%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 0%
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 5%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 50%
Kent Conrad 90%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Jerry Costello 80%
Paul Coverdell 0%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 95%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 60%
Philip Crane 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 5%
Barbara Cubin 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
Randall Cunningham 5%
Alfonse D'Amato 10%
Patsy Ann Danner 70%
Thomas Daschle 95%
Thomas Davis III 15%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 15%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Ronald Dellums 100%
Peter Deutsch 90%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 10%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 15%
Jay Dickey 5%
Norm Dicks 90%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 95%
Julian Dixon 95%
Chris Dodd 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 5%
Calvin Dooley 70%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 90%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 75%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 15%
Jennifer Dunn 5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
Chet Edwards 70%
Vern Ehlers 15%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 10%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
Philip English 10%
John Ensign 10%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
Lane Evans 95%
Terry Everett 5%
Thomas Ewing 5%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Harris Fawell 10%
Victor Fazio 90%
Russ Feingold 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
Bob Filner 100%
Floyd Flake 95%
Thomas Foglietta 100%
Mark Foley 10%
Michael Patrick Forbes 15%
Wendell Ford 80%
Tillie Fowler 5%
Jon David Fox 15%
Barney Frank 95%
Robert Franks 20%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 15%
William Frist 0%
Jonas Frost III 90%
Elizabeth Furse 95%
Elton Gallegly 5%
John Ganske 10%
Sam Gejdenson 95%
George Gekas 5%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 95%
Wayne Gilchrest 20%
Paul Gillmor 5%
Benjamin Gilman 25%
Newt Gingrich 0%
John Glenn 90%
Henry Gonzalez 90%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 5%
William Goodling 5%
Bart Gordon 70%
Slade Gorton 10%
Porter Goss 5%
Daniel Graham 85%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 5%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 90%
James Greenwood 15%
Judd Gregg 5%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 95%
Gilbert Gutknecht 5%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 25%
Tony Hall 85%
Lee Hamilton 70%
James Hansen 5%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 95%
Jane Harman 75%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
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 5%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 5%
W.G. Hefner 85%
Jesse Helms 5%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Van Hilleary 5%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 95%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
David Lee Hobson 10%
Pete Hoekstra 5%
Thomas Holden 75%

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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