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Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

1999-2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 0%
Gary Ackerman 85%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 80%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 80%
Rob Andrews 85%
Bill Archer 15%
Richard Armey 5%
John Ashcroft 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 20%
Brian Baird 75%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 75%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 80%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 15%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Bill Barrett 10%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 10%
Charlie Bass 35%
Herbert Bateman 5%
Max Baucus 73%
Evan Bayh 73%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 65%
Douglas Bereuter 25%
Shelley Berkley 65%
Howard Berman 80%
Marion Berry 40%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 73%
Judy Biggert 15%
Brian Bilbray 60%
Michael Bilirakis 10%
Jeff Bingaman 67%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
Rod Blagojevich 85%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 55%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 5%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Mary Bono Mack 5%
Robert Borski, Jr. 85%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 65%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 93%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 40%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 80%
John Breaux 27%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 33%
Richard Bryan 80%
Ed Bryant 5%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 47%
Herbert Callahan 5%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 5%
Ben Campbell 7%
Thomas Campbell 55%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 10%
Chris Cannon 10%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
Julia Carson 85%
Mike Castle 60%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 25%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 33%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 10%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 15%
William Clay, Sr. 95%
Eva Clayton 80%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 73%
Robert Clement 40%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 85%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 30%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
Michael Collins 15%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
Larry Combest 5%
Gary Condit 45%
Kent Conrad 60%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Merrill Cook 25%
John Cooksey 15%
Jerry Costello 70%
Christopher Cox 5%
William Coyne 90%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 25%
Philip Crane 10%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90%
Barbara Cubin 5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 10%
Patsy Ann Danner 45%
Thomas Daschle 60%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
James Davis 65%
Thomas Davis III 15%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 20%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 5%
James DeMint 5%
Peter Deutsch 80%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 7%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 30%
Jay Dickey 0%
Norm Dicks 80%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
Julian Dixon 95%
Chris Dodd 87%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 45%
John Doolittle 15%
Byron Dorgan 80%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 50%
David Dreier 5%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 15%
Jennifer Dunn 5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
John Edwards 67%
Chet Edwards 60%
Vern Ehlers 25%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 20%
Jo Ann Emerson 10%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
Philip English 20%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
Bob Etheridge 60%
Lane Evans 95%
Terry Everett 5%
Thomas Ewing 10%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
Russ Feingold 93%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 87%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 33%
Ernest Fletcher 10%
Mark Foley 45%
Michael Patrick Forbes 80%
Harold Ford, Jr. 75%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 20%
Tillie Fowler 10%
Barney Frank 85%
Robert Franks 50%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 45%
William Frist 0%
Jonas Frost III 60%
Elton Gallegly 25%
John Ganske 30%
Sam Gejdenson 90%
George Gekas 5%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 85%
Jim Gibbons 15%
Wayne Gilchrest 45%
Paul Gillmor 10%
Benjamin Gilman 60%
Charlie Gonzalez 85%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 20%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 10%
William Goodling 10%
Bart Gordon 45%
Slade Gorton 7%
Porter Goss 25%
Daniel Graham 73%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 25%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 7%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 10%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 7%
Mark Green 10%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 70%
James Greenwood 40%
Judd Gregg 27%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 85%
Gilbert Gutknecht 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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