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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
Marion Berry 40%
Judy Biggert 10%
Michael Bilirakis 25%
Jeff Bingaman 72%
Rod Blagojevich 85%
Sherwood Boehlert 65%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Mary Bono Mack 10%
Robert Borski, Jr. 90%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 70%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 30%
John Breaux 44%
Ed Bryant 10%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 56%
Herbert Callahan 5%
Ben Campbell 6%
Chris Cannon 10%
Julia Carson 85%
Mike Castle 55%
Eva Clayton 85%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 72%
Robert Clement 25%
Michael Collins 10%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 50%
Kent Conrad 56%
John Cooksey 15%
Jerry Costello 55%
Christopher Cox 10%
William Coyne 90%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 20%
Philip Crane 5%
Barbara Cubin 10%
Randall Cunningham 15%
Thomas Daschle 67%
James Davis 70%
Thomas Davis III 20%
Bill Delahunt 100%
Thomas DeLay 5%
James DeMint 5%
Peter Deutsch 75%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 25%
Norm Dicks 75%
Chris Dodd 94%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 40%
John Doolittle 10%
Byron Dorgan 61%
David Dreier 5%
Jennifer Dunn 10%
John Edwards 89%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 40%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 20%
Jo Ann Emerson 10%
Philip English 20%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 5%
Russ Feingold 94%
Bob Filner 95%
Peter Fitzgerald 50%
Ernest Fletcher 10%
Mark Foley 40%
Harold Ford, Jr. 65%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 20%
Barney Frank 85%
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%
Bart Gordon 30%
Porter Goss 35%
Daniel Graham 89%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Mark Green 10%
James Greenwood 45%
Judd Gregg 17%
Gilbert Gutknecht 10%
Tony Hall 70%
James Hansen 10%
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%
David Lee Hobson 10%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 90%
Pete Hoekstra 10%
Thomas Holden 45%
Ernest Hollings 67%
Darlene Hooley 85%
Stephen Horn 60%
John Nathan Hostettler 5%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 20%
Kenny Hulshof 15%
Duncan Hunter 15%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 6%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Henry Hyde 5%
Daniel Inouye 61%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 65%
James Merrill Jeffords 72%
William Lewis Jenkins 10%
Christopher John 20%
Nancy Johnson 60%
Paul Kanjorski 75%
Sue Kelly 70%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 72%
Patrick Kennedy 95%
Dale Kildee 85%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 95%
Gerald Kleczka 85%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
Herb Kohl 67%
James Kolbe 10%
Dennis Kucinich 95%
Jon Kyl 0%
John LaFalce 95%
Ray LaHood 15%
Nicholas Lampson 55%
Tom Lantos 95%
Stephen Largent 0%
Steve LaTourette 35%
James Leach 55%
Jerry Lewis 15%
Ron Lewis 5%
Joe Lieberman 78%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
John Linder 5%
William Lipinski 65%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Ken Lucas 30%
Dick Lugar 17%
William Luther 85%
James Maloney 75%
Don Manzullo 15%
Frank Mascara 55%
Robert Matsui 100%
Karen McCarthy 80%
James McCrery III 0%
John McHugh 35%
Scott McInnis 20%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Michael McNulty 85%
Martin Meehan 100%
Carrie Meek 75%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 95%
Dan Miller 20%
Zell Bryan Miller 20%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 90%
Alan Mollohan 55%
Dennis Moore 75%
Constance Morella 80%
Frank Murkowski 0%
Jack Murtha 40%
Sue Myrick 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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