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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Anthony Beilenson 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Dale Bumpers 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Thomas Foglietta 100%
Daniel Graham 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
Donald Payne 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Paul Simon 100%
Gerry Studds 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Paul Wellstone 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
Howard Berman 95%
William Clay, Sr. 95%
William Coyne 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
Ronald Dellums 95%
Lane Evans 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
Sam Gejdenson 95%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 95%
Paul Kanjorski 95%
Joseph Kennedy II 95%
Dale Kildee 95%
John LaFalce 95%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 95%
William Luther 95%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
Martin Meehan 95%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
Major Owens 95%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 95%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 95%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 95%
Pat Schroeder 95%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 94%
Thomas Daschle 94%
Russ Feingold 94%
John Glenn 94%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 94%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 94%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 94%
David Pryor 94%
Charles Robb 94%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
David Edward Bonior 89%
Bill Bradley 89%
Eva Clayton 89%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 89%
Peter Deutsch 89%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 89%
Julian Dixon 89%
Chris Dodd 89%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 89%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 89%
Harold Ford, Sr. 89%
Barney Frank 89%
Elizabeth Furse 89%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 89%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89%
Ernest Hollings 89%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 89%
Joe Lieberman 89%
Karen McCarthy 89%
Carrie Meek 89%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 89%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 89%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 89%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 89%
David Skaggs 89%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 89%
Louis Stokes 89%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 89%
Esteban Edward Torres 89%
Bruce Vento 89%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 89%
Mel Watt 89%
Lynn Woolsey 89%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 89%
Gary Ackerman 84%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 84%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 84%
John Bryant 84%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 84%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 84%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 84%
Floyd Flake 84%
Sam Gibbons 84%
Andrew Jacobs, Jr. 84%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 84%
Harry Johnston 84%
Patrick Kennedy 84%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 84%
Tom Lantos 84%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 84%
Thomas Manton 84%
Robert Matsui 84%
Jim Oberstar 84%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 84%
Martin Olav Sabo 84%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 84%
Robert Torricelli 84%
Albert Wynn 84%
Richard Bryan 83%
Robert Byrd 83%
Kent Conrad 83%
Byron Dorgan 83%
Herb Kohl 83%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 83%
Carol Moseley Braun 83%
Patrick Moynihan 83%
Sam Nunn 83%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 79%
George Brown, Jr. 79%
Ronald Coleman 79%
Cardiss Collins 79%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 79%
Tony Hall 79%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 79%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 79%
Gerald Kleczka 79%
William Lipinski 79%
Paul McHale 79%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 79%
Constance Morella 79%
Dave Obey 79%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 79%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 79%
Bill Richardson 79%
Christopher Shays 79%
Ed Towns 79%
Bob Wise, Jr. 79%
Jeff Bingaman 78%
William Cohen 78%
Jim Exon 78%
Clay Pell 78%
Sherwood Boehlert 74%
Rick Boucher 74%
Jerry Costello 74%
Norm Dicks 74%
Ronald Klink 74%
Bill Martini 74%
Frank Mascara 74%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 74%
Pete Stark 74%
Michael Ward 74%
Sidney Yates 74%
Max Baucus 72%
Daniel Inouye 72%
James Merrill Jeffords 72%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 72%
Rob Andrews 68%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 68%
Bob Filner 68%
Jane Harman 68%
Peter Torkildsen 68%
Richard Zimmer 68%
John Chafee 67%
Wendell Ford 67%
Bob Kerrey 67%
Olympia Snowe 67%
Mike Castle 63%
Barbara-Rose Collins 63%
Cleo Fields 63%
Wayne Gilchrest 63%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 63%
James Greenwood 63%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 63%
Scott Klug 63%
Michael McNulty 63%
Earl Pomeroy 63%
John Edward Porter 63%
James Ramstad 63%
John Spratt, Jr. 63%

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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