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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Population Connection

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Richard Armey 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 80%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
Brian Baird 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Cass Ballenger 10%
James Barcia 9%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 100%
Max Baucus 88%
Evan Bayh 75%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 13%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 100%
Douglas Bereuter 45%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 36%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 88%
Judy Biggert 91%
Michael Bilirakis 9%
Jeff Bingaman 88%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 91%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 13%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 91%
Mary Bono Mack 27%
Robert Borski, Jr. 45%
Leonard Boswell 91%
Rick Boucher 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 91%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 9%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
John Breaux 13%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 13%
Ed Bryant 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 88%
Herbert Callahan 9%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 9%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
Ben Campbell 50%
Chris Cannon 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Julia Carson 91%
Mike Castle 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 91%
Eva Clayton 100%
Robert Clement 91%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 91%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 13%
Michael Collins 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 88%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 100%
Kent Conrad 75%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 91%
John Cooksey 40%
Jerry Costello 9%
Christopher Cox 9%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 13%
Robert Cramer 91%
Philip Crane 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 73%
Barbara Cubin 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Thomas Daschle 88%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 100%
Thomas Davis III 64%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
Peter Deutsch 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 13%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 18%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 91%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 13%
Calvin Dooley 91%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 75%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 27%
David Dreier 9%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
Jennifer Dunn 36%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
John Edwards 100%
Chet Edwards 91%
Vern Ehlers 18%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 82%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 100%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 14%
Ernest Fletcher 0%
Mark Foley 82%
Harold Ford, Jr. 88%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 10%
Barney Frank 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 100%
William Frist 13%
Jonas Frost III 90%
Elton Gallegly 36%
John Ganske 70%
George Gekas 9%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Jim Gibbons 73%
Wayne Gilchrest 100%
Paul Gillmor 18%
Benjamin Gilman 100%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
Bart Gordon 90%
Porter Goss 18%
Daniel Graham 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 64%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 13%
Mark Green 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 91%
James Greenwood 100%
Judd Gregg 33%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 9%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 0%
Tony Hall 18%
James Hansen 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 14%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 0%
Jesse Helms 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Baron Hill 90%
Van Hilleary 0%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 100%
David Lee Hobson 45%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 100%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Thomas Holden 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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