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Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

1999-2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 7%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 5%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 10%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 87%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 10%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 65%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 20%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 10%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 12%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 20%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 7%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 70%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 85%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 25%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 33%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 5%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 10%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 6%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 60%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 73%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 75%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 30%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 80%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 80%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 73%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 87%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 20%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 70%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 45%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 70%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 45%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 90%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 30%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 65%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 85%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 87%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 25%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 80%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 30%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 7%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 10%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 5%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 10%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 87%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 10%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 25%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 90%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 93%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 30%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 85%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 25%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 15%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 70%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 70%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 75%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 10%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 73%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 70%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 80%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 73%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 20%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 70%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 10%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 80%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 0%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 80%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 80%
Rob Andrews 85%
Bill Archer 15%
Richard Armey 5%
John Ashcroft 0%
Spencer Bachus 20%
Brian Baird 75%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 15%
Bill Barrett 10%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
Charlie Bass 35%
Herbert Bateman 5%
Max Baucus 73%
Evan Bayh 73%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 65%
Douglas Bereuter 25%
Shelley Berkley 65%
Howard Berman 80%
Marion Berry 40%
Judy Biggert 15%
Brian Bilbray 60%
Michael Bilirakis 10%
Jeff Bingaman 67%
Rod Blagojevich 85%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 55%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 5%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Mary Bono Mack 5%
Robert Borski, Jr. 85%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 65%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 40%
John Breaux 27%
Richard Bryan 80%
Ed Bryant 5%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 5%

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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