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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
Gary Ackerman 85%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 78%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 90%
Rob Andrews 85%
Richard Armey 5%
Joe Baca, Sr. 38%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 20%
Brian Baird 70%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 75%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 15%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 10%
Charlie Bass 40%
Max Baucus 83%
Evan Bayh 78%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 85%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 55%
Douglas Bereuter 30%
Shelley Berkley 75%
Howard Berman 80%
Marion Berry 40%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 89%
Judy Biggert 10%
Michael Bilirakis 25%
Jeff Bingaman 72%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 30%
Rod Blagojevich 85%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 65%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Mary Bono Mack 10%
Robert Borski, Jr. 90%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 70%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 89%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 30%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 5%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 75%
John Breaux 44%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 17%
Ed Bryant 10%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 56%
Herbert Callahan 5%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 10%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 5%
Ben Campbell 6%
Chris Cannon 10%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 75%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
Julia Carson 85%
Mike Castle 55%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 80%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 10%
Eva Clayton 85%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 72%
Robert Clement 25%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
Michael Collins 10%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 56%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 50%
Kent Conrad 56%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
John Cooksey 15%
Jerry Costello 55%
Christopher Cox 10%
William Coyne 90%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 20%
Philip Crane 5%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 85%
Barbara Cubin 10%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 15%
Thomas Daschle 67%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 70%
Thomas Davis III 20%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 25%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 5%
James DeMint 5%
Peter Deutsch 75%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 11%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 25%
Norm Dicks 75%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 75%
Chris Dodd 94%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 40%
John Doolittle 10%
Byron Dorgan 61%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 55%
David Dreier 5%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 15%
Jennifer Dunn 10%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
John Edwards 89%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 40%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 20%
Jo Ann Emerson 10%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 20%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 5%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
Russ Feingold 94%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 83%
Bob Filner 95%
Peter Fitzgerald 50%
Ernest Fletcher 10%
Mark Foley 40%
Harold Ford, Jr. 65%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 20%
Barney Frank 85%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 65%
William Frist 0%
Jonas Frost III 60%
Elton Gallegly 30%
John Ganske 40%
George Gekas 5%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 80%
Jim Gibbons 15%
Wayne Gilchrest 60%
Paul Gillmor 15%
Benjamin Gilman 65%
Charlie Gonzalez 80%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 15%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 15%
Bart Gordon 30%
Porter Goss 35%
Daniel Graham 89%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 20%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
Mark Green 10%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
James Greenwood 45%
Judd Gregg 17%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 95%
Gilbert Gutknecht 10%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 10%
Tony Hall 70%
James Hansen 10%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 70%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
Robert Hayes 10%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 5%
Joel Hefley 20%
Jesse Helms 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 5%
Baron Hill 40%
Van Hilleary 10%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 65%
Maurice Hinchey 95%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 55%
David Lee Hobson 10%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 90%
Pete Hoekstra 10%
Thomas Holden 45%
Ernest Hollings 67%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%

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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