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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 40%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 80%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 30%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 85%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Gary Ackerman 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 55%
Todd Akin 5%
Wayne Allard 5%
George Allen 0%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 95%
Richard Armey 5%
Joe Baca, Sr. 70%
Brian Baird 90%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 70%
Bob Barr, Jr. 10%
Roscoe Bartlett 30%
Charlie Bass 40%
Max Baucus 55%
Evan Bayh 60%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 60%
Douglas Bereuter 20%
Shelley Berkley 80%
Howard Berman 75%
Marion Berry 60%
Judy Biggert 15%
Michael Bilirakis 30%
Jeff Bingaman 60%
Rod Blagojevich 85%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
Kit Bond 10%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 85%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
Robert Borski, Jr. 95%
Leonard Boswell 70%
Rick Boucher 65%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 65%
John Breaux 30%
Henry Brown, Jr. 10%
Ed Bryant 5%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Dan Burton 5%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 55%
Herbert Callahan 5%
Ben Campbell 0%
Chris Cannon 10%
Eric Cantor 5%
Jean Carnahan 55%
Brad Carson 40%
Julia Carson 95%
Mike Castle 60%
Eva Clayton 85%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 55%
Robert Clement 75%
Hillary Clinton 85%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 5%
Gary Condit 80%
Kent Conrad 55%
John Cooksey 5%
Jon Corzine 85%
Jerry Costello 70%
Christopher Cox 5%
William Coyne 90%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 25%
Philip Crane 5%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Randall Cunningham 5%
Thomas Daschle 70%
James Davis 80%
Jo Ann Davis 15%
Thomas Davis III 30%
Bill Delahunt 90%
Thomas DeLay 5%
James DeMint 5%
Peter Deutsch 90%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 20%
Norm Dicks 85%
Chris Dodd 80%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 5%
Calvin Dooley 40%
John Doolittle 10%
Byron Dorgan 55%
David Dreier 5%
Jennifer Dunn 15%
John Edwards 60%
Chet Edwards 55%
Vern Ehlers 50%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 20%
Jo Ann Emerson 10%
Philip English 30%
John Ensign 25%
Bob Etheridge 75%
Lane Evans 85%
Terry Everett 0%
Russ Feingold 75%
Michael Ferguson 55%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 40%
Ernest Fletcher 0%
Mark Foley 25%
Harold Ford, Jr. 75%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 25%
Barney Frank 95%
William Frist 0%
Jonas Frost III 60%
Elton Gallegly 10%
John Ganske 45%
George Gekas 5%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 85%
Jim Gibbons 5%
Wayne Gilchrest 40%
Paul Gillmor 15%
Benjamin Gilman 70%
Charlie Gonzalez 70%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 20%
Bart Gordon 65%
Porter Goss 20%
Daniel Graham 65%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Mark Green 30%
James Greenwood 45%
Judd Gregg 30%
Felix Grucci, Jr. 20%
Gilbert Gutknecht 15%
Tony Hall 85%
James Hansen 10%
Jane Harman 90%
Melissa Hart 15%
Robert Hayes 5%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 5%
Joel Hefley 15%
Jesse Helms 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 5%
Baron Hill 60%
Van Hilleary 10%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 70%
Maurice Hinchey 90%
David Lee Hobson 5%
Pete Hoekstra 25%
Thomas Holden 60%
Ernest Hollings 75%
Darlene Hooley 90%
Stephen Horn 35%
John Nathan Hostettler 5%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 25%
Kenny Hulshof 10%
Duncan Hunter 5%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 0%
Kay Hutchison 5%
Henry Hyde 10%
Daniel Inouye 70%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 95%
William Jefferson 65%
James Merrill Jeffords 60%
William Lewis Jenkins 10%
Christopher John 25%
Nancy Johnson 60%
Tim Johnson 55%
Paul Kanjorski 80%
Ric Keller 10%
Sue Kelly 60%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 75%
Mark Kennedy 25%
Patrick Kennedy 90%
Brian Kerns 10%
Dale Kildee 95%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 75%
Gerald Kleczka 95%
Joseph Knollenberg 5%
Herb Kohl 55%
James Kolbe 10%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
Jon Kyl 0%
John LaFalce 95%
Ray LaHood 40%
Nicholas Lampson 65%
Tom Lantos 95%
Steve LaTourette 25%
James Leach 60%
Jerry Lewis 5%
Ron Lewis 0%
Joe Lieberman 85%
Blanche Lincoln 35%
John Linder 5%
William Lipinski 45%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Dick Lugar 5%
William Luther 90%
James Maloney 90%

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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