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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 5%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 15%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 8%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 11%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 31%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 32%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 92%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 26%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 26%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 16%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 11%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 37%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 21%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 21%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 89%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 21%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 23%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 11%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 11%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 68%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 15%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 16%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 15%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 8%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 16%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 16%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 92%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 84%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 74%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 89%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 54%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 79%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 53%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 84%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 21%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 11%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 23%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 5%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 68%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 77%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 92%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 16%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 11%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 74%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 74%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 89%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 84%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 74%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 77%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 21%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 84%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 89%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 89%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 37%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 37%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 5%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 74%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 37%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 79%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 23%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 15%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 16%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 74%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 42%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 16%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 16%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 63%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 84%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 26%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 16%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 53%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 68%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 53%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 68%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 89%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 8%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 68%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 11%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 77%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 92%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 89%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 89%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 42%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 15%
Neil Abercrombie 79%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 38%
Gary Ackerman 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 77%
Wayne Allard 15%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 89%
Bill Archer 11%
Richard Armey 16%
John Ashcroft 15%
Spencer Bachus 21%
Richard Hugh Baker 11%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 53%
Bob Barr, Jr. 11%
Bill Barrett 16%
Roscoe Bartlett 16%
Charlie Bass 58%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 5%
Max Baucus 77%
Bob Bennett 15%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 68%
Douglas Bereuter 21%
Howard Berman 84%
Marion Berry 26%
Brian Bilbray 68%
Michael Bilirakis 42%
Jeff Bingaman 85%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
Sherwood Boehlert 63%
Kit Bond 15%
Henry Bonilla 11%
David Edward Bonior 84%
Mary Bono Mack 20%
Robert Borski, Jr. 79%
Leonard Boswell 42%
Rick Boucher 53%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 26%
John Breaux 54%
Richard Bryan 92%
Ed Bryant 11%
Jim Bunning 11%
Conrad Burns 15%
Dan Burton 5%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 62%
Herbert Callahan 11%
Dave Camp 21%
Ben Campbell 23%
Thomas Campbell 58%
Chris Cannon 16%
Julia Carson 89%
Mike Castle 79%
John Chafee 62%
Saxby Chambliss 5%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 11%
William Clay, Sr. 74%
Eva Clayton 84%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 77%
Robert Clement 58%
Howard Coble 21%
Thomas Coburn 5%
Michael Collins 11%

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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