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Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Darlene Hooley 85%
Stephen Horn 60%
John Nathan Hostettler 5%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 20%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 65%
Kenny Hulshof 15%
Duncan Hunter 15%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 6%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Henry Hyde 5%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
Daniel Inouye 61%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 90%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 11%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
William Jefferson 65%
James Merrill Jeffords 72%
William Lewis Jenkins 10%
Christopher John 20%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 75%
Nancy Johnson 60%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 5%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 78%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 10%
Paul Kanjorski 75%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 80%
Sue Kelly 70%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 72%
Patrick Kennedy 95%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 94%
Dale Kildee 85%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 95%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 30%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 5%
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%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 61%
Tom Lantos 95%
Stephen Largent 0%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 5%
Steve LaTourette 35%
James Leach 55%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 78%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
Jerry Lewis 15%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
Ron Lewis 5%
Joe Lieberman 78%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
John Linder 5%
William Lipinski 65%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 65%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 80%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 85%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 5%
Ken Lucas 30%
Dick Lugar 17%
William Luther 85%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 75%
James Maloney 75%
Don Manzullo 15%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Frank Mascara 55%
Robert Matsui 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 28%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 75%
Karen McCarthy 80%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
James McCrery III 0%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
John McHugh 35%
Scott McInnis 20%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 35%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 15%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Michael McNulty 85%
Martin Meehan 100%
Carrie Meek 75%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 5%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 72%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 95%
Dan Miller 20%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 90%
Zell Bryan Miller 20%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 90%
Alan Mollohan 55%
Dennis Moore 75%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 65%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 20%
Constance Morella 80%
Frank Murkowski 0%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 72%
Jack Murtha 40%
Sue Myrick 5%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 85%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 15%
Robert William Ney 10%
Don Nickles 0%
Anne Northup 5%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 15%
James Nussle 10%
Jim Oberstar 80%
Dave Obey 85%
John Olver 95%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 35%
Doug Ose 15%
Major Owens 95%
Michael Oxley 0%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 90%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 70%
Ron Paul 20%
Donald Payne 95%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 35%
John Peterson 5%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 25%
David Phelps 40%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 10%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 10%
Richard Pombo 10%
Earl Pomeroy 50%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 30%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 65%
Deborah Pryce 5%
Jack Quinn 45%
George Radanovich 10%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 75%
James Ramstad 55%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 75%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Ralph Regula 20%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 89%
Silvestre Reyes 60%
Thomas Reynolds 25%
Bob Riley 0%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 75%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 83%
Ciro Rodriguez 80%
Timothy Roemer 55%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 15%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 15%
Steve Rothman 85%
Marge Roukema 70%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 15%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 10%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 90%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 30%
Rick Santorum 0%
Paul Sarbanes 94%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 95%
Jim Saxton 75%
Robert Schaffer 10%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 90%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 94%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 70%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 15%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 85%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 10%
John Shadegg 10%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 20%
Christopher Shays 85%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
Donald Sherwood 30%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 5%
Ronnie Shows 35%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
Joseph Skeen 10%
Ike Skelton 55%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 75%

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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