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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 17%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 5%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 11%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 16%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 79%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 89%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 16%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 26%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 37%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 11%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 21%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 42%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 32%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 79%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 11%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 89%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 11%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 95%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 11%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 89%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 11%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 11%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 21%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 16%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 83%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 84%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 79%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 84%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 16%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 37%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 89%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 32%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 6%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 89%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 94%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 21%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 89%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 58%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 47%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 89%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 42%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 72%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 32%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 89%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 84%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 26%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 21%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 5%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 79%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 32%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 95%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 28%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 6%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 21%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 89%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 53%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 21%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 47%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 89%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 58%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 63%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 36 Steve Stockman Republican 11%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 6%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 84%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 26%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 74%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 37%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 95%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 37%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 32%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 89%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 79%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 6%
Gary Ackerman 84%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 94%
Wayne Allard 11%
Rob Andrews 68%
Bill Archer 11%
Richard Armey 11%
John Ashcroft 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 42%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
William Baker 5%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 42%
Bob Barr, Jr. 11%
Bill Barrett 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 21%
Charlie Bass 37%
Herbert Bateman 5%
Max Baucus 72%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Bob Bennett 06%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 68%
Douglas Bereuter 42%
Howard Berman 95%
Tom Bevill 32%
Brian Bilbray 32%
Michael Bilirakis 32%
Jeff Bingaman 78%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
Peter Blute 53%
Sherwood Boehlert 74%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 5%
David Edward Bonior 89%
Sonny Bono 5%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Rick Boucher 74%
Bill Bradley 89%
John Breaux 33%
Bill Brewster 21%
Glen Browder 32%
George Brown, Jr. 79%
Hank Brown 6%
Richard Bryan 83%
Ed Bryant 5%
John Bryant 84%
Dale Bumpers 100%
Jim Bunn 16%
Jim Bunning 5%
Conrad Burns 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 83%
Herbert Callahan 5%
Ben Campbell 22%
Mike Castle 63%
John Chafee 67%
Jim Chapman 26%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
Jon Lynn Christensen 5%
Dick Chrysler 21%
William Clay, Sr. 95%
Eva Clayton 89%
Robert Clement 53%
William Clinger 5%
William Cohen 78%
Ronald Coleman 79%
Barbara-Rose Collins 63%
Cardiss Collins 79%

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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