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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Population Connection

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 0%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 0%
Rob Andrews 88%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 90%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 20%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Bill Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 90%
Herbert Bateman 13%
Max Baucus 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 13%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 100%
Douglas Bereuter 30%
Howard Berman 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 78%
Brian Bilbray 70%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 78%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 90%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 20%
David Edward Bonior 50%
Sonny Bono 30%
Robert Borski, Jr. 40%
Rick Boucher 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 89%
John Breaux 22%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Richard Bryan 89%
Ed Bryant 0%
Dale Bumpers 88%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 89%
Herbert Callahan 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
Ben Campbell 78%
Thomas Campbell 100%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Mike Castle 90%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 10%
John Chafee 89%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
Jon Lynn Christensen 0%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
Robert Clement 88%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 90%
Kent Conrad 67%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Jerry Costello 10%
Paul Coverdell 0%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 10%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 90%
Philip Crane 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
Barbara Cubin 11%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 20%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Alfonse D'Amato 0%
Patsy Ann Danner 50%
Thomas Daschle 89%
Thomas Davis III 70%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 10%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Ronald Dellums 100%
Peter Deutsch 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 11%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 10%
Jay Dickey 0%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Julian Dixon 90%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 22%
Calvin Dooley 90%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 67%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 33%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
Jennifer Dunn 67%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 78%
Vern Ehlers 20%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 70%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 10%
John Ensign 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 0%
Thomas Ewing 0%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Harris Fawell 90%
Victor Fazio 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Floyd Flake 100%
Thomas Foglietta 100%
Mark Foley 70%
Michael Patrick Forbes 10%
Wendell Ford 33%
Tillie Fowler 60%
Jon David Fox 20%
Barney Frank 100%
Robert Franks 90%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 80%
William Frist 11%
Jonas Frost III 100%
Elizabeth Furse 100%
Elton Gallegly 0%
John Ganske 50%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
George Gekas 40%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Wayne Gilchrest 90%
Paul Gillmor 10%
Benjamin Gilman 90%
Newt Gingrich 25%
John Glenn 100%
Henry Gonzalez 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
William Goodling 0%
Bart Gordon 100%
Slade Gorton 33%
Porter Goss 20%
Daniel Graham 89%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
James Greenwood 90%
Judd Gregg 11%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 0%
Tony Hall 13%
Lee Hamilton 40%
James Hansen 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
Jane Harman 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 0%
W.G. Hefner 100%
Jesse Helms 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Van Hilleary 0%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
David Lee Hobson 60%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Thomas Holden 20%
Ernest Hollings 100%

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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