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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Carl Levin 95%
Jerry Lewis 5%
Ron Lewis 0%
Joe Lieberman 75%
John Linder 0%
William Lipinski 75%
Robert Livingston 5%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Dick Lugar 5%
William Luther 85%
Connie Mack 5%
Thomas Manton 90%
Don Manzullo 5%
Matthew Martinez 90%
Frank Mascara 80%
Robert Matsui 95%
Karen McCarthy 90%
Bill McCollum 5%
James McCrery III 5%
Joseph McDade 10%
Paul McHale 80%
John McHugh 10%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 5%
David McIntosh 5%
Buck McKeon 0%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Michael McNulty 75%
Martin Meehan 90%
Carrie Meek 95%
Jack Metcalf 10%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
Dan Miller 5%
George Miller 95%
David Minge 75%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 95%
John Moakley 95%
Susan Molinari 10%
Alan Mollohan 75%
Jim Moran, Jr. 80%
Constance Morella 35%
Carol Moseley Braun 90%
Patrick Moynihan 90%
Frank Murkowski 5%
Jack Murtha 70%
Sue Myrick 0%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 5%
Mark Neumann 5%
Robert William Ney 10%
Don Nickles 0%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 0%
James Nussle 5%
Jim Oberstar 95%
Dave Obey 95%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 70%
Major Owens 100%
Michael Oxley 5%
Ronald Packard 5%
Mike Parker 10%
Ed Pastor 95%
William Paxon 0%
Donald Payne 100%
Tom Petri 10%
Owen Pickett 55%
Richard Pombo 5%
Earl Pomeroy 85%
John Edward Porter 15%
Glenn Poshard 75%
Deborah Pryce 10%
Jack Quinn 15%
George Radanovich 5%
Nick Rahall II 80%
James Ramstad 15%
Ralph Regula 10%
Bill Richardson 90%
Frank Riggs 5%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 95%
Charles Robb 80%
Jay Rockefeller IV 90%
Timothy Roemer 70%
William Roth, Jr. 15%
Marge Roukema 25%
Martin Olav Sabo 95%
Rick Santorum 5%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Jim Saxton 10%
Joe Scarborough 5%
Daniel Schaefer 0%
Steven Schiff 15%
John Shadegg 5%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 10%
Christopher Shays 25%
E.G. Shuster 5%
Norman Sisisky 55%
David Skaggs 95%
Joseph Skeen 5%
Ike Skelton 55%
Linda Smith 5%
Nick Smith 5%
Bob Smith 0%
Olympia Snowe 25%
Gerald B.H. Solomon 5%
Mark Souder 5%
Arlen Specter 30%
Floyd Spence 5%
John Spratt, Jr. 80%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 5%
Charles Stenholm 50%
Ted Stevens 10%
Louis Stokes 100%
Bob Stump 5%
Bart Stupak 85%
James Talent 0%
John Tanner 60%
William Tauzin 15%
Charles Taylor 5%
Gene Taylor 45%
Frank Tejeda 70%
Craig Thomas 5%
William Thomas 5%
Fred Thompson 5%
Karen Thurman 85%
Strom Thurmond 0%
Todd Tiahrt 5%
Esteban Edward Torres 95%
Robert Torricelli 85%
Ed Towns 95%
James Traficant, Jr. 55%
Bruce Vento 100%
James Walsh 10%
Zach Wamp 5%
John Warner 5%
Mel Watt 95%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 5%
Henry Waxman 95%
David Weldon 5%
W. Curtis Weldon 15%
Gerald Weller 5%
Paul Wellstone 95%
Rick White 10%
Bob Wise, Jr. 90%
Frank Wolf 10%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Albert Wynn 95%
Sidney Yates 100%
Bill Young 5%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 90%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 85%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 95%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 75%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 95%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 90%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 95%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 95%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 95%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 95%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 90%

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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