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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
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 Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 80%
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%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 35%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 10%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 5%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 17%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 56%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 25%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 11%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 15%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 65%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 15%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 10%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 30%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 65%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 5%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 28%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 5%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 10%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 30%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
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%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 15%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 10%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 15%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 10%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 5%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 70%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 5%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 20%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 15%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 35%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 6%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 10%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 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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