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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%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Edward Bonior 95%
William Clay, Sr. 95%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
Bill Delahunt 95%
Julian Dixon 95%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
Lane Evans 95%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
Maurice Hinchey 95%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 95%
Dale Kildee 95%
Gerald Kleczka 95%
Dennis Kucinich 95%
John LaFalce 95%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
Robert Matsui 95%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 95%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 95%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 95%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 95%
Dave Obey 95%
John Olver 95%
Major Owens 95%
Donald Payne 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 95%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 93%
Russ Feingold 93%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 93%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
William Coyne 90%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
Sam Gejdenson 90%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 90%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
Patrick Kennedy 90%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 90%
Tom Lantos 90%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
John Moakley 90%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 90%
Ciro Rodriguez 90%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
Pete Stark 90%
Ed Towns 90%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 90%
Anthony Weiner 90%
Robert Wexler 90%
Chris Dodd 87%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 87%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 87%
Joe Lieberman 87%
Paul Sarbanes 87%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 87%
Paul Wellstone 87%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 87%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Rob Andrews 85%
Rod Blagojevich 85%
Robert Borski, Jr. 85%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 85%
Julia Carson 85%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
Barney Frank 85%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 85%
Charlie Gonzalez 85%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
William Luther 85%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 85%
Martin Olav Sabo 85%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 85%
Bart Stupak 85%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 85%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 85%
Mel Watt 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 80%
Thomas Allen 80%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 80%
Howard Berman 80%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 80%
Richard Bryan 80%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 80%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
Eva Clayton 80%
Peter Deutsch 80%
Norm Dicks 80%
Byron Dorgan 80%
Michael Patrick Forbes 80%
Darlene Hooley 80%
Paul Kanjorski 80%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 80%
Karen McCarthy 80%
Michael McNulty 80%
Carrie Meek 80%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 80%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 80%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 80%
Steve Rothman 80%
Christopher Shays 80%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 80%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 80%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 80%
Bruce Vento 80%
David Wu 80%
Brian Baird 75%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 75%
Harold Ford, Jr. 75%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 75%
Nicholas Lampson 75%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 75%
David Minge 75%
Dennis Moore 75%
Constance Morella 75%
Jim Oberstar 75%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 75%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 75%
Ellen Tauscher 75%
Bob Weygand 75%
Max Baucus 73%
Evan Bayh 73%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 73%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 73%
Daniel Graham 73%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 73%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 73%
Frank Lautenberg 73%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 73%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 73%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 73%
Robert Torricelli 73%
Jerry Costello 70%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 70%
Tony Hall 70%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 70%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 70%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 70%
James Maloney 70%
Matthew Martinez 70%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 70%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 70%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 70%
Silvestre Reyes 70%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 70%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 70%
Vic Snyder 70%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 70%
Albert Wynn 70%
Jeff Bingaman 67%
John Edwards 67%
Bob Kerrey 67%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 67%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 67%
Charles Robb 67%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 65%
Shelley Berkley 65%
Rick Boucher 65%
James Davis 65%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 65%
Sue Kelly 65%
William Lipinski 65%

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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