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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Population Connection

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Max Baucus 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 100%
Howard Berman 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
Rick Boucher 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
Thomas Campbell 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Ronald Dellums 100%
Peter Deutsch 100%
Norm Dicks 100%
John Dingell 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Lane Evans 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Victor Fazio 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Floyd Flake 100%
Thomas Foglietta 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Jonas Frost III 100%
Elizabeth Furse 100%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
John Glenn 100%
Henry Gonzalez 100%
Bart Gordon 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 100%
Tom Harkin 100%
Jane Harman 100%
W.G. Hefner 100%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Ernest Hollings 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
Daniel Inouye 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
William Jefferson 100%
James Merrill Jeffords 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Joseph Kennedy II 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 100%
Bob Kerrey 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Herb Kohl 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
William Luther 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Matthew Martinez 100%
Robert Matsui 100%
Karen McCarthy 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
Carrie Meek 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
George Miller 100%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 100%
John Moakley 100%
Jim Moran, Jr. 100%
Carol Moseley Braun 100%
Patrick Moynihan 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
Major Owens 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
Ed Pastor 100%
Donald Payne 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
Earl Pomeroy 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Bill Richardson 100%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 100%
Charles Robb 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 100%
Christopher Shays 100%
David Skaggs 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
John Spratt, Jr. 100%
Pete Stark 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
Karen Thurman 100%
Esteban Edward Torres 100%
Ed Towns 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
Bruce Vento 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Henry Waxman 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Bob Wise, Jr. 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
Albert Wynn 100%
Sidney Yates 100%
Henry Scott Baesler 90%
Charlie Bass 90%
Sherwood Boehlert 90%
Mike Castle 90%
Gary Condit 90%
Robert Cramer 90%
Julian Dixon 90%
Calvin Dooley 90%
Harris Fawell 90%
Robert Franks 90%
Wayne Gilchrest 90%
Benjamin Gilman 90%
James Greenwood 90%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 90%
Stephen Horn 90%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 90%
Nancy Johnson 90%
Sue Kelly 90%
Scott Klug 90%
Rick Lazio 90%
William Lipinski 90%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 90%
David Minge 90%
Owen Pickett 90%
James Ramstad 90%
Marge Roukema 90%
Norman Sisisky 90%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 90%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 89%
Richard Bryan 89%
Robert Byrd 89%
John Chafee 89%
Thomas Daschle 89%
Daniel Graham 89%
Timothy Johnson 89%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 89%
Carl Levin 89%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 89%
Jay Rockefeller IV 89%
Rob Andrews 88%
Dale Bumpers 88%
Robert Clement 88%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 88%
Olympia Snowe 88%
Louis Stokes 88%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 80%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 80%
James Kolbe 80%
Paul McHale 80%
Constance Morella 80%
Dave Obey 80%
John Edward Porter 80%
John Tanner 80%
Rick White 80%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 78%
Jeff Bingaman 78%
Ben Campbell 78%
Chet Edwards 78%
Gerald Kleczka 78%
Joe Lieberman 78%
Deborah Pryce 78%
Arlen Specter 78%
Brian Bilbray 70%
Thomas Davis III 70%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 70%

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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