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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 53%
Bob Barr, Jr. 11%
Bill Barrett 16%
Roscoe Bartlett 16%
Charlie Bass 58%
Herbert Bateman 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%
Ben Campbell 23%
Thomas Campbell 58%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 21%
Chris Cannon 16%
Julia Carson 89%
Mike Castle 79%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 11%
William Clay, Sr. 74%
Eva Clayton 84%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 77%
Robert Clement 58%
Michael Collins 11%
Larry Combest 11%
Gary Condit 47%
Kent Conrad 62%
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%
Barbara Cubin 5%
Randall Cunningham 11%
Patsy Ann Danner 21%
Thomas Daschle 77%
James Davis 74%
Thomas Davis III 47%
Bill Delahunt 95%
Thomas DeLay 11%
Peter Deutsch 74%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 26%
Jay Dickey 11%
Norm Dicks 74%
Julian Dixon 84%
Chris Dodd 92%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 15%
Calvin Dooley 26%
John Doolittle 5%
Byron Dorgan 62%
David Dreier 11%
Jennifer Dunn 21%
Chet Edwards 37%
Vern Ehlers 68%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 16%
Jo Ann Emerson 16%
Philip English 37%
Bob Etheridge 58%
Lane Evans 95%
Terry Everett 5%
Thomas Ewing 37%
Russ Feingold 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%
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%
William Goodling 16%
Bart Gordon 53%
Slade Gorton 8%
Porter Goss 58%
Daniel Graham 77%
William Phillip Gramm 15%
Rodney Grams 15%
James Greenwood 68%
Judd Gregg 46%
Gilbert Gutknecht 32%
Tony Hall 68%
James Hansen 16%
J. Dennis Hastert 16%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 26%
Joel Hefley 16%
Jesse Helms 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 11%
Rick Hill 21%
Van Hilleary 16%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 53%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
David Lee Hobson 21%
Pete Hoekstra 32%
Thomas Holden 42%
Ernest Hollings 62%
Darlene Hooley 95%
Stephen Horn 79%
John Nathan Hostettler 5%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 32%
Kenny Hulshof 32%
Duncan Hunter 16%
Asa Hutchinson 11%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 23%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Henry Hyde 16%
Daniel Inouye 62%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 95%
William Jefferson 58%
James Merrill Jeffords 69%
William Lewis Jenkins 5%
Christopher John 11%
Nancy Johnson 84%
Paul Kanjorski 68%
Sue Kelly 84%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 92%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Bob Kerrey 77%
Dale Kildee 79%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 74%
Gerald Kleczka 89%
Ronald Klink 53%
Joseph Knollenberg 11%
Herb Kohl 77%
James Kolbe 21%
Dennis Kucinich 89%
Jon Kyl 8%
John LaFalce 95%
Ray LaHood 21%
Nicholas Lampson 84%
Tom Lantos 95%
Stephen Largent 11%
Steve LaTourette 37%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Rick Lazio 74%
James Leach 84%
Jerry Lewis 16%
Ron Lewis 5%
Joe Lieberman 92%
John Linder 5%
William Lipinski 68%
Trent Lott, Sr. 8%
Dick Lugar 15%
William Luther 89%
Connie Mack 8%
James Maloney 79%
Don Manzullo 26%
Matthew Martinez 58%
Frank Mascara 47%
Robert Matsui 84%

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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