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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 79%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 38%
Gary Ackerman 95%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 77%
Wayne Allard 15%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 89%
Bill Archer 11%
Richard Armey 16%
John Ashcroft 15%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 21%
Richard Hugh Baker 11%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 79%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 53%
Bob Barr, Jr. 11%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Bill Barrett 16%
Roscoe Bartlett 16%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 5%
Charlie Bass 58%
Herbert Bateman 5%
Max Baucus 77%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 74%
Bob Bennett 15%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 68%
Douglas Bereuter 21%
Howard Berman 84%
Marion Berry 26%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 77%
Brian Bilbray 68%
Michael Bilirakis 42%
Jeff Bingaman 85%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 21%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 95%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 11%
Sherwood Boehlert 63%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 5%
Kit Bond 15%
Henry Bonilla 11%
David Edward Bonior 84%
Mary Bono Mack 20%
Robert Borski, Jr. 79%
Leonard Boswell 42%
Rick Boucher 53%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 92%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 26%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 5%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 50%
John Breaux 54%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 84%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 89%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 15%
Richard Bryan 92%
Ed Bryant 11%
Jim Bunning 11%
Conrad Burns 15%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 16%
Dan Burton 5%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 62%
Herbert Callahan 11%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 11%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 21%
Ben Campbell 23%
Thomas Campbell 58%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 21%
Chris Cannon 16%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 91%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 84%
Julia Carson 89%
Mike Castle 79%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 37%
John Chafee 62%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 5%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 11%
William Clay, Sr. 74%
Eva Clayton 84%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 77%
Robert Clement 58%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 84%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 21%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 23%
Michael Collins 11%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 54%
Larry Combest 11%
Gary Condit 47%
Kent Conrad 62%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 84%
Merrill Cook 37%
John Cooksey 16%
Jerry Costello 79%
Paul Coverdell 15%
Christopher Cox 32%
William Coyne 89%
Larry Craig 15%
Robert Cramer 21%
Philip Crane 5%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 11%
Barbara Cubin 5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 89%
Randall Cunningham 11%
Patsy Ann Danner 21%
Thomas Daschle 77%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
James Davis 74%
Thomas Davis III 47%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 21%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 11%
Peter Deutsch 74%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 23%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 26%
Jay Dickey 11%
Norm Dicks 74%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 63%
Julian Dixon 84%
Chris Dodd 92%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 89%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 15%
Calvin Dooley 26%
John Doolittle 5%
Byron Dorgan 62%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 42%
David Dreier 11%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 21%
Jennifer Dunn 21%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
Chet Edwards 37%
Vern Ehlers 68%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 16%
Jo Ann Emerson 16%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 89%
Philip English 37%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 58%
Lane Evans 95%
Terry Everett 5%
Thomas Ewing 37%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 74%
Russ Feingold 92%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 92%
Bob Filner 95%
Mark Foley 42%
Michael Patrick Forbes 74%
Harold Ford, Jr. 58%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 36%
Tillie Fowler 11%
Barney Frank 95%
Robert Franks 84%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 74%
William Frist 31%
Jonas Frost III 53%
Elton Gallegly 21%
John Ganske 53%
Sam Gejdenson 89%
George Gekas 21%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 79%
Jim Gibbons 21%
Wayne Gilchrest 63%
Paul Gillmor 32%
Benjamin Gilman 79%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 16%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 11%
William Goodling 16%
Bart Gordon 53%
Slade Gorton 8%
Porter Goss 58%
Daniel Graham 77%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 16%
William Phillip Gramm 15%
Rodney Grams 15%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 16%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 53%
James Greenwood 68%
Judd Gregg 46%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 89%
Gilbert Gutknecht 32%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 11%
Tony Hall 68%
James Hansen 16%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 77%
J. Dennis Hastert 16%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 84%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 16%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 8%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 26%
Joel Hefley 16%
Jesse Helms 0%

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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