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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Leading Age

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Robert William Ney 50%
Anne Northup 50%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 50%
James Nussle 100%
Jim Oberstar 0%
Dave Obey 50%
John Olver 50%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 50%
Thomas William Osborne 50%
Major Owens 50%
Michael Oxley 50%
Ron Paul 50%
Donald Payne 50%
John Peterson 50%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 50%
Todd Platts 50%
Richard Pombo 50%
Earl Pomeroy 100%
Jon Porter, Sr. 50%
Deborah Pryce 50%
George Radanovich 50%
James Ramstad 100%
Ralph Regula 50%
Denny Rehberg 50%
Richard Renzi 50%
Silvestre Reyes 50%
Thomas Reynolds 50%
Mike Ross 50%
Steve Rothman 50%
Jim Ryun 50%
Martin Olav Sabo 50%
Rick Santorum 33%
Paul Sarbanes 89%
Jim Saxton 50%
John Shadegg 50%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 50%
Christopher Shays 50%
Donald Sherwood 50%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 50%
Ike Skelton 50%
Gordon Smith 56%
Olympia Snowe 67%
Vic Snyder 50%
Hilda Solis 50%
Mark Souder 50%
Arlen Specter 67%
John Spratt, Jr. 50%
Pete Stark 50%
Cliff Stearns 50%
Ted Stevens 44%
Ted Strickland 50%
Bart Stupak 0%
John Sullivan 50%
John Sununu 33%
John Sweeney 50%
James Talent 44%
Tom Tancredo 100%
John Tanner 50%
Ellen Tauscher 50%
Charles Taylor 50%
Gene Taylor 100%
Craig Thomas 22%
William Thomas 50%
Todd Tiahrt 50%
Ed Towns 50%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 50%
George Voinovich 67%
James Walsh 50%
Zach Wamp 50%
John Warner 44%
Diane Watson 50%
Mel Watt 50%
Anthony Weiner 50%
David Weldon 50%
W. Curtis Weldon 50%
Gerald Weller 50%
Robert Wexler 50%
Heather Wilson 100%
Lynn Woolsey 50%
David Wu 50%
Albert Wynn 50%
Bill Young 50%

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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