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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
Ron Paul 20%
Donald Payne 95%
John Peterson 5%
David Phelps 40%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 10%
Richard Pombo 10%
Earl Pomeroy 50%
Deborah Pryce 5%
Jack Quinn 45%
George Radanovich 10%
James Ramstad 55%
Ralph Regula 20%
Silvestre Reyes 60%
Thomas Reynolds 25%
Bob Riley 0%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 75%
Ciro Rodriguez 80%
Timothy Roemer 55%
Steve Rothman 85%
Marge Roukema 70%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 90%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 30%
Rick Santorum 0%
Paul Sarbanes 94%
Jim Saxton 75%
Robert Schaffer 10%
John Shadegg 10%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 20%
Christopher Shays 85%
Donald Sherwood 30%
Ronnie Shows 35%
Joseph Skeen 10%
Ike Skelton 55%
Gordon Smith 11%
Nick Smith 15%
Bob Smith 6%
Olympia Snowe 56%
Vic Snyder 65%
Mark Souder 10%
Arlen Specter 50%
John Spratt, Jr. 55%
Pete Stark 85%
Cliff Stearns 5%
Charles Stenholm 20%
Ted Stevens 0%
Ted Strickland 70%
Bob Stump 5%
Bart Stupak 70%
John Sununu 15%
John Sweeney 15%
Tom Tancredo 5%
John Tanner 30%
Ellen Tauscher 85%
William Tauzin 5%
Charles Taylor 5%
Gene Taylor 35%
Craig Thomas 0%
William Thomas 5%
Fred Thompson 6%
Karen Thurman 60%
Strom Thurmond 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
Robert Torricelli 83%
Ed Towns 90%
James Traficant, Jr. 35%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 85%
James Turner 45%
George Voinovich 6%
James Walsh 45%
Zach Wamp 20%
John Warner 0%
Wesley Watkins 5%
Mel Watt 85%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 5%
Anthony Weiner 90%
David Weldon 10%
W. Curtis Weldon 30%
Gerald Weller 15%
Paul Wellstone 94%
Robert Wexler 90%
Heather Wilson 15%
Lynn Woolsey 90%
David Wu 85%
Albert Wynn 65%
Bill Young 15%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 75%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 85%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 89%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 30%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 89%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
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%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 75%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 55%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 95%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 70%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 55%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 65%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 75%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 78%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 80%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 94%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 75%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 61%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
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%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 85%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 75%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 75%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 35%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 65%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 72%
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%
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%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 65%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 75%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 89%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 90%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 95%
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%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 75%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 85%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 95%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%

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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