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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

1999-2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
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%
Robert Byrd 47%
Herbert Callahan 5%
Ben Campbell 7%
Thomas Campbell 55%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 10%
Chris Cannon 10%
Julia Carson 85%
Mike Castle 60%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 15%
William Clay, Sr. 95%
Eva Clayton 80%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 73%
Robert Clement 40%
Michael Collins 15%
Larry Combest 5%
Gary Condit 45%
Kent Conrad 60%
Merrill Cook 25%
John Cooksey 15%
Jerry Costello 70%
Christopher Cox 5%
William Coyne 90%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 25%
Philip Crane 10%
Barbara Cubin 5%
Randall Cunningham 10%
Patsy Ann Danner 45%
Thomas Daschle 60%
James Davis 65%
Thomas Davis III 15%
Bill Delahunt 95%
Thomas DeLay 5%
James DeMint 5%
Peter Deutsch 80%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 30%
Jay Dickey 0%
Norm Dicks 80%
Julian Dixon 95%
Chris Dodd 87%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 45%
John Doolittle 15%
Byron Dorgan 80%
David Dreier 5%
Jennifer Dunn 5%
John Edwards 67%
Chet Edwards 60%
Vern Ehlers 25%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 20%
Jo Ann Emerson 10%
Philip English 20%
Bob Etheridge 60%
Lane Evans 95%
Terry Everett 5%
Thomas Ewing 10%
Russ Feingold 93%
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%
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%
William Goodling 10%
Bart Gordon 45%
Slade Gorton 7%
Porter Goss 25%
Daniel Graham 73%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 7%
Mark Green 10%
James Greenwood 40%
Judd Gregg 27%
Gilbert Gutknecht 5%
Tony Hall 70%
James Hansen 10%
Robert Hayes 10%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 10%
Joel Hefley 20%
Jesse Helms 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 5%
Baron Hill 45%
Rick Hill 10%
Van Hilleary 15%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 70%
Maurice Hinchey 95%
David Lee Hobson 0%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 90%
Pete Hoekstra 10%
Thomas Holden 45%
Ernest Hollings 60%
Darlene Hooley 80%
Stephen Horn 45%
John Nathan Hostettler 10%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 20%
Kenny Hulshof 25%
Duncan Hunter 15%
Asa Hutchinson 5%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 7%
Kay Hutchison 7%
Henry Hyde 5%
Daniel Inouye 53%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 55%
James Merrill Jeffords 60%
William Lewis Jenkins 15%
Christopher John 10%
Nancy Johnson 45%
Paul Kanjorski 80%
Sue Kelly 65%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 73%
Patrick Kennedy 90%
Bob Kerrey 67%
Dale Kildee 95%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 90%
Gerald Kleczka 95%
Ronald Klink 60%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
Herb Kohl 53%
James Kolbe 10%
Dennis Kucinich 95%
Steven Kuykendall 30%
Jon Kyl 0%
John LaFalce 95%
Ray LaHood 20%
Nicholas Lampson 75%
Tom Lantos 90%
Stephen Largent 5%
Steve LaTourette 25%
Frank Lautenberg 73%
Rick Lazio 55%
James Leach 45%
Jerry Lewis 5%
Ron Lewis 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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