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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 17%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 17%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 27%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 23%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 23%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 23%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 23%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 23%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 23%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 23%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 23%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 31%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 23%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 80%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 17%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 23%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 31%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 23%
John Ashcroft 23%
Max Baucus 100%
Evan Bayh 100%
Bob Bennett 23%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Kit Bond 17%
John Breaux 77%
Richard Bryan 100%
Jim Bunning 23%
Conrad Burns 31%
Robert Byrd 100%
Ben Campbell 25%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
Kent Conrad 100%
Larry Craig 23%
Thomas Daschle 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 17%
Byron Dorgan 100%
John Edwards 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 38%
William Frist 23%
Slade Gorton 23%
Daniel Graham 100%
William Phillip Gramm 23%
Rodney Grams 23%
Judd Gregg 23%
Jesse Helms 23%
Ernest Hollings 100%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 25%
Kay Hutchison 23%
Daniel Inouye 100%
James Merrill Jeffords 31%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Bob Kerrey 23%
Herb Kohl 100%
Jon Kyl 23%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Joe Lieberman 100%
Blanche Lincoln 100%
Trent Lott, Sr. 23%
Dick Lugar 27%
Connie Mack 23%
Patrick Moynihan 100%
Frank Murkowski 23%
Don Nickles 23%
Charles Robb 100%
William Roth, Jr. 25%
Rick Santorum 23%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Gordon Smith 23%
Bob Smith 23%
Olympia Snowe 23%
Arlen Specter 46%
Ted Stevens 23%
Craig Thomas 23%
Fred Thompson 23%
Strom Thurmond 23%
Robert Torricelli 100%
George Voinovich 23%
John Warner 23%
Paul Wellstone 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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