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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Jonas Frost III 60%
Wayne Gilchrest 60%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
Stephen Horn 60%
Nancy Johnson 60%
Silvestre Reyes 60%
Karen Thurman 60%
Robert Byrd 56%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 56%
Kent Conrad 56%
Olympia Snowe 56%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 55%
Mike Castle 55%
Jerry Costello 55%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 55%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 55%
Nicholas Lampson 55%
James Leach 55%
Frank Mascara 55%
Alan Mollohan 55%
James Ramstad 55%
Timothy Roemer 55%
Ike Skelton 55%
John Spratt, Jr. 55%
James Barcia 50%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Gary Condit 50%
Chet Edwards 50%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Peter Fitzgerald 50%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
Earl Pomeroy 50%
Arlen Specter 50%
James Greenwood 45%
Thomas Holden 45%
Jack Quinn 45%
James Turner 45%
James Walsh 45%
John Breaux 44%
Charlie Bass 40%
Marion Berry 40%
Calvin Dooley 40%
Vern Ehlers 40%
Mark Foley 40%
John Ganske 40%
Baron Hill 40%
Jack Murtha 40%
David Phelps 40%
Joe Baca, Sr. 38%
Porter Goss 35%
Steve LaTourette 35%
John McHugh 35%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 35%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 35%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 35%
Ronnie Shows 35%
Gene Taylor 35%
James Traficant, Jr. 35%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 35%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 35%
Douglas Bereuter 30%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 30%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 30%
Elton Gallegly 30%
Bart Gordon 30%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 30%
Ken Lucas 30%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 30%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 30%
Donald Sherwood 30%
John Tanner 30%
W. Curtis Weldon 30%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 28%
Michael Bilirakis 25%
Robert Clement 25%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 25%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 25%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 25%
Thomas Reynolds 25%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 20%
Robert Cramer 20%
Thomas Davis III 20%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 20%
Philip English 20%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 20%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 20%
Joel Hefley 20%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 20%
Christopher John 20%
Scott McInnis 20%
Dan Miller 20%
Zell Bryan Miller 20%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 20%
Ron Paul 20%
Ralph Regula 20%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 20%
Charles Stenholm 20%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 20%
Zach Wamp 20%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 17%
Judd Gregg 17%
Dick Lugar 17%
Bob Barr, Jr. 15%
John Cooksey 15%
Randall Cunningham 15%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 15%
Jim Gibbons 15%
Paul Gillmor 15%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 15%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 15%
Kenny Hulshof 15%
Duncan Hunter 15%
Ray LaHood 15%
Jerry Lewis 15%
Don Manzullo 15%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 15%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 15%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 15%
Doug Ose 15%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 15%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 15%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 15%
Nick Smith 15%
John Sununu 15%
John Sweeney 15%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 15%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 15%
Gerald Weller 15%
Heather Wilson 15%
Bill Young 15%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 11%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 11%
Gordon Smith 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 10%
Judy Biggert 10%
Mary Bono Mack 10%
Ed Bryant 10%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 10%
Chris Cannon 10%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 10%
Michael Collins 10%
Christopher Cox 10%
Barbara Cubin 10%
John Doolittle 10%
Jennifer Dunn 10%
Jo Ann Emerson 10%
Ernest Fletcher 10%
Mark Green 10%
Gilbert Gutknecht 10%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 10%
James Hansen 10%
Robert Hayes 10%
Van Hilleary 10%
David Lee Hobson 10%
Pete Hoekstra 10%
William Lewis Jenkins 10%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 10%
James Kolbe 10%
Robert William Ney 10%
James Nussle 10%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 10%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 10%
Richard Pombo 10%
George Radanovich 10%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 10%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 10%
Robert Schaffer 10%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 10%
John Shadegg 10%
Joseph Skeen 10%
Mark Souder 10%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 10%
David Weldon 10%
Ben Campbell 6%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 6%
Bob Smith 6%
Fred Thompson 6%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 6%
George Voinovich 6%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
Richard Armey 5%
Cass Ballenger 5%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
Steve Buyer 5%
Herbert Callahan 5%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 5%
Philip Crane 5%
Thomas DeLay 5%
James DeMint 5%
David Dreier 5%
Terry Everett 5%
George Gekas 5%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 5%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 5%
Wally Herger, Jr. 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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