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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 89%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 28%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 83%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 89%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 95%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 10%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 11%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 94%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 20%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 61%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 6%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 72%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 56%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 78%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 95%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 95%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 89%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 94%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 30%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 15%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 20%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 78%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 20%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 89%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 72%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 83%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 90%
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 90%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 15%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
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 5%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 70%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 15%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 30%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 5%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 5%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 85%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 5%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 10%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 65%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 5%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 35%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 75%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 35%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 65%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 20%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 35%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 15%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 65%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 70%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 65%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 30%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 90%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 80%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 5%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 10%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 55%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 10%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 75%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 55%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
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 80%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 70%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 15%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 65%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 35%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 85%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 75%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 10%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 75%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 15%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 25%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 75%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 25%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 17%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 80%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 90%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 95%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 11%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 94%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 30%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 90%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 75%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 78%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 90%
Rob Andrews 85%
Richard Armey 5%
Joe Baca, Sr. 38%
Brian Baird 70%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 15%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
Charlie Bass 40%
Max Baucus 83%
Evan Bayh 78%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 55%
Douglas Bereuter 30%
Shelley Berkley 75%
Howard Berman 80%

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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