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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 95%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 95%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 55%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 95%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 5%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 5%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 5%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 5%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 5%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 15%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 10%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 15%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 15%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 5%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 5%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 5%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 5%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 5%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 10%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 15%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 5%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 5%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 10%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 5%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 5%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 5%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 10%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 10%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 10%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 15%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 10%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 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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