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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie 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%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 5%
Henry Scott Baesler 42%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
William Baker 5%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 84%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 42%
Bob Barr, Jr. 11%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
Bill Barrett 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 21%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 11%
Charlie Bass 37%
Herbert Bateman 5%
Max Baucus 72%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Bob Bennett 06%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 68%
Douglas Bereuter 42%
Howard Berman 95%
Tom Bevill 32%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Brian Bilbray 32%
Michael Bilirakis 32%
Jeff Bingaman 78%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 42%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
Peter Blute 53%
Sherwood Boehlert 74%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 5%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 5%
David Edward Bonior 89%
Sonny Bono 5%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Rick Boucher 74%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Bill Bradley 89%
John Breaux 33%
Bill Brewster 21%
Glen Browder 32%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 84%
George Brown, Jr. 79%
Hank Brown 6%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 84%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 21%
Richard Bryan 83%
Ed Bryant 5%
John Bryant 84%
Dale Bumpers 100%
Jim Bunn 16%
Jim Bunning 5%
Conrad Burns 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 83%
Herbert Callahan 5%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 16%
Ben Campbell 22%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 11%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 84%
Mike Castle 63%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 21%
John Chafee 67%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 5%
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%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 89%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 11%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 21%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 21%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 6%
William Cohen 78%
Ronald Coleman 79%
Barbara-Rose Collins 63%
Cardiss Collins 79%
Michael Collins 11%
Larry Combest 5%
Gary Condit 32%
Kent Conrad 83%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 89%
Wes Cooley 11%
Jerry Costello 74%
Paul Coverdell 6%
Christopher Cox 11%
William Coyne 95%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 21%
Philip Crane 11%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 5%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 11%
Barbara Cubin 5%
Randall Cunningham 11%
Alfonse D'Amato 17%
Patsy Ann Danner 37%
Thomas Daschle 94%
Thomas Davis III 32%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 32%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 84%
E. Kika de la Garza 37%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
Thomas DeLay 5%
Ronald Dellums 95%
Peter Deutsch 89%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 28%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 32%
Jay Dickey 16%
Norm Dicks 74%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 89%
Julian Dixon 89%
Chris Dodd 89%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 11%
Calvin Dooley 21%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 83%
Robert Dornan 16%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 53%
David Dreier 5%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 11%
Jennifer Dunn 21%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 84%
Chet Edwards 42%
Vern Ehlers 47%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 26%
Bill Emerson 5%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 26%
John Ensign 26%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
Lane Evans 95%
Terry Everett 0%
Thomas Ewing 16%
Jim Exon 78%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 89%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
Harris Fawell 37%
Victor Fazio 53%
Russ Feingold 94%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 89%
Cleo Fields 63%
Jack Fields, Jr. 11%
Bob Filner 68%
Floyd Flake 84%
Michael Patrick Flanagan 32%
Thomas Foglietta 100%
Mark Foley 21%
Michael Patrick Forbes 42%
Harold Ford, Sr. 89%
Wendell Ford 67%
Tillie Fowler 21%
Jon David Fox 58%
Barney Frank 89%
Gary Franks 42%
Robert Franks 53%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 42%
Dan Frisa 11%
William Frist 6%
Jonas Frost III 53%
David Funderburk 11%
Elizabeth Furse 89%
Elton Gallegly 11%
John Ganske 16%
Sam Gejdenson 95%
George Gekas 5%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 79%
Pete Geren 26%
Sam Gibbons 84%
Wayne Gilchrest 63%
Paul Gillmor 26%
Benjamin Gilman 58%
John Glenn 94%
Henry Gonzalez 58%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 26%
William Goodling 26%
Bart Gordon 47%
Slade Gorton 0%
Porter Goss 53%
Daniel Graham 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 21%
William Phillip Gramm 6%

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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