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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Miller 0%
George Miller 100%
Zell Bryan Miller 25%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 90%
Alan Mollohan 40%
Dennis Moore 75%
Jim Moran, Jr. 70%
Constance Morella 75%
Frank Murkowski 0%
Jack Murtha 45%
Sue Myrick 10%
Ben Nelson 30%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 5%
Robert William Ney 25%
Don Nickles 0%
Anne Northup 15%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 10%
James Nussle 25%
Jim Oberstar 90%
Dave Obey 90%
John Olver 95%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 50%
Thomas William Osborne 5%
Doug Ose 20%
Major Owens 95%
Michael Oxley 0%
Ed Pastor 85%
Ron Paul 25%
Donald Payne 100%
John Peterson 5%
Tom Petri 40%
David Phelps 55%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 5%
Todd Platts 25%
Richard Pombo 10%
Earl Pomeroy 70%
Deborah Pryce 15%
Jack Quinn 30%
George Radanovich 0%
Nick Rahall II 85%
James Ramstad 65%
Ralph Regula 15%
Denny Rehberg 5%
Silvestre Reyes 65%
Thomas Reynolds 20%
Bob Riley 0%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 90%
Jay Rockefeller IV 80%
Ciro Rodriguez 80%
Timothy Roemer 90%
Mike Rogers 10%
Mike Ross 50%
Steve Rothman 95%
Marge Roukema 50%
Jim Ryun 5%
Martin Olav Sabo 90%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 45%
Rick Santorum 5%
Paul Sarbanes 95%
Jim Saxton 60%
Robert Schaffer 5%
Edward Schrock 5%
John Shadegg 5%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 20%
Christopher Shays 65%
Donald Sherwood 10%
Ronnie Shows 40%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 50%
Joseph Skeen 5%
Ike Skelton 50%
Gordon Smith 20%
Nick Smith 5%
Bob Smith 15%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Vic Snyder 80%
Hilda Solis 90%
Mark Souder 5%
Arlen Specter 45%
John Spratt, Jr. 70%
Pete Stark 80%
Cliff Stearns 15%
Charles Stenholm 25%
Ted Stevens 10%
Ted Strickland 85%
Bob Stump 5%
Bart Stupak 80%
John Sununu 30%
John Sweeney 30%
Tom Tancredo 5%
John Tanner 40%
Ellen Tauscher 90%
William Tauzin 5%
Charles Taylor 10%
Gene Taylor 45%
Lee Terry 10%
Craig Thomas 0%
William Thomas 0%
Fred Thompson 5%
Karen Thurman 85%
Strom Thurmond 0%
Todd Tiahrt 5%
John Tierney 100%
Robert Torricelli 65%
Ed Towns 70%
James Traficant, Jr. 10%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 95%
James Turner 45%
Mark Udall 100%
George Voinovich 5%
James Walsh 45%
Zach Wamp 10%
John Warner 15%
Wesley Watkins 0%
Diane Watson 95%
Mel Watt 80%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 5%
Henry Waxman 95%
Anthony Weiner 95%
David Weldon 10%
W. Curtis Weldon 45%
Gerald Weller 20%
Paul Wellstone 95%
Robert Wexler 100%
Heather Wilson 10%
Frank Wolf 10%
Lynn Woolsey 95%
David Wu 85%
Albert Wynn 85%
Bill Young 20%

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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