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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 23%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 50%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 15%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 75%
Bill Archer 50%
Richard Armey 50%
John Ashcroft 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 60%
Richard Hugh Baker 60%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
Cass Ballenger 50%
James Barcia 80%
Bob Barr, Jr. 40%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 80%
Bill Barrett 60%
Roscoe Bartlett 60%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 40%
Charlie Bass 40%
Herbert Bateman 75%
Max Baucus 62%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 15%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 100%
Douglas Bereuter 60%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 75%
Brian Bilbray 80%
Michael Bilirakis 60%
Jeff Bingaman 77%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 40%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 60%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 40%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 60%
Kit Bond 23%
Henry Bonilla 60%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 80%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 40%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
John Breaux 46%
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 15%
Richard Bryan 62%
Ed Bryant 60%
Jim Bunning 60%
Conrad Burns 15%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 60%
Dan Burton 60%
Steve Buyer 60%
Robert Byrd 92%
Herbert Callahan 60%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 60%
Ben Campbell 8%
Thomas Campbell 40%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 60%
Chris Cannon 60%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 80%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 60%
John Chafee 23%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 40%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 60%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 85%
Robert Clement 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 60%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 40%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 15%
Michael Collins 60%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 38%
Larry Combest 40%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 69%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Merrill Cook 60%
John Cooksey 60%
Jerry Costello 100%
Paul Coverdell 31%
Christopher Cox 60%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 15%
Robert Cramer 100%
Philip Crane 60%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 60%
Barbara Cubin 60%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 60%
Patsy Ann Danner 100%
Thomas Daschle 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 80%
Thomas Davis III 60%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 60%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 80%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 60%
Peter Deutsch 80%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 15%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
Jay Dickey 60%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 77%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 15%
Calvin Dooley 80%
John Doolittle 60%
Byron Dorgan 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 80%
David Dreier 60%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 40%
Jennifer Dunn 60%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
Chet Edwards 100%
Vern Ehlers 25%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 60%
Jo Ann Emerson 80%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 60%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 100%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 60%
Thomas Ewing 60%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 85%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 69%
Bob Filner 100%
Mark Foley 60%
Michael Patrick Forbes 20%
Harold Ford, Jr. 100%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0%
Tillie Fowler 60%
Barney Frank 100%
Robert Franks 60%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 60%
William Frist 15%
Jonas Frost III 100%
Elton Gallegly 60%
John Ganske 100%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
George Gekas 40%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Jim Gibbons 60%
Wayne Gilchrest 60%
Paul Gillmor 60%
Benjamin Gilman 60%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 60%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 60%
William Goodling 40%
Bart Gordon 100%
Slade Gorton 15%
Porter Goss 60%
Daniel Graham 62%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 40%
William Phillip Gramm 8%
Rodney Grams 23%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 60%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
James Greenwood 60%
Judd Gregg 15%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 40%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 40%
Tony Hall 100%
James Hansen 60%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 85%
J. Dennis Hastert 60%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 60%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 17%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 60%
Joel Hefley 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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