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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Texas Observer

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 23 Pete Gallego Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 59%
TX State House 10 Jim Pitts Republican 25%
TX State House 23 Craig Eiland Democratic 81%
TX State House 25 Dennis Bonnen Republican 25%
TX State House 37 René Oliveira Democratic 60%
TX State House 46 Dawnna Dukes Democratic 93%
TX State House 49 Elliott Naishtat Democratic 93%
TX State House 53 Harvey Hilderbran Republican 9%
TX State House 60 Jim Keffer Republican 8%
TX State House 79 Joe Pickett Democratic 93%
TX State House 80 Tracy King Democratic 68%
TX State House 82 Thomas Craddick Republican 18%
TX State House 86 John Smithee Republican 18%
TX State House 90 Lon Burnam Democratic 100%
TX State House 109 Helen Giddings Democratic 100%
TX State House 111 Yvonne Davis Democratic 100%
TX State House 120 Ruth Jones McClendon Democratic 93%
TX State House 135 Gary Elkins Republican 0%
TX State House 139 Sylvester Turner Democratic 93%
TX State House 141 Senfronia Thompson Democratic 85%
TX State House 142 Harold Dutton, Jr. Democratic 81%
TX State House 147 Garnet Coleman Democratic 77%
TX State House 148 Jessica Farrar Democratic 100%
TX State Senate 20 Juan Hinojosa Democratic 76%
TX State Senate 26 Leticia Van de Putte Democratic 76%
TX Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples Republican 17%
TX Mayor At-Large Miguel Wise 93%
TX Judge of the U.S. District Court Eastern Ron Clark 25%
TX Judge of the U.S. District Court Western Robert Junell 63%
Clyde Alexander 76%
Ray Allen 18%
Leo Alvarado, Jr. 81%
Kip Averitt 34%
Kevin Bailey 93%
Fred Bosse 81%
Kenneth Brimer 18%
Bill Gene Carter 25%
Norma Chávez 100%
Warren Chisum 9%
Wayne Christian 0%
Robert Cook III 59%
Frank Corte, Jr. 0%
David Counts 85%
Joe Crabb 8%
Debra Danburg 76%
Dianne White Delisi 22%
Mary Denny 9%
Joe Driver 17%
Jim Dunnam 76%
Al Edwards 76%
Harryette Bushong Ehrhardt 100%
Ismael Flores 76%
Domingo Garcia 93%
Bob Glaze 72%
Toby Goodman 51%
Tony Goolsby 42%
Patricia Gray 85%
Sherri Greenberg 100%
Kent Grusendorf 9%
Roberto Gutierrez 76%
Pat Haggerty 25%
Peggy Hamric 25%
Will Ford Hartnett 17%
Judy Hawley 51%
Talmadge Heflin 18%
Paul Hilbert 34%
Fred Hill 34%
Scott Hochberg 90%
Terri Hodge 100%
Charlie Howard 8%
Bob Hunter 87%
Suzanna Gratia Hupp 17%
Carl Isett 17%
Mike Jackson 0%
Kyle Janek 8%
Delwin Jones 25%
Jesse Jones 93%
Terry Keel 25%
Mike Krusee 17%
Edmund Kuempel 25%
Glenn Lewis 68%
Ronald Lewis 76%
John Amos Longoria 81%
Vilma Luna 100%
Jerry Madden 0%
Glen Maxey 93%
Brian McCall 34%
Jim McReynolds 76%
Thomas Merritt 25%
Paul Moreno 93%
Anna Mowery 8%
Joe Nixon 24%
Dora Olivo 93%
Sue Palmer 34%
Robert Puente 93%
Tom Ramsay 68%
Irma Rangel 85%
Arthur Reyna 93%
Elvira Reyna 17%
Paul Sadler 90%
Gene Seaman 8%
John Shields 0%
William Siebert 0%
Todd Smith 25%
Jim Solís 93%
Burt Solomons 27%
David Swinford 33%
Robert Talton 0%
Barry Telford 63%
Dale Bryan Tillery 100%
Robert Turner 42%
D. R. Uher 51%
Gary Walker 42%
George West 17%
Tommy Williams 72%
Ron Wilson 54%
Arlene Reid Wohlgemuth 8%
Steven Wolens 81%
Beverly Woolley 0%
Ken Yarbrough 85%
Zeb Zbranek 100%

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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