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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 36
Edmond Spencer Abraham 28
Gary Ackerman 44
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 28
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 40
Wayne Allard 43
Thomas Allen 40
Rob Andrews 45
Bill Archer 40
Richard Armey 43
John Ashcroft 34
Joe Baca, Sr. 50
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 32
Brian Baird 51
Richard Hugh Baker 23
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 42
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 65
Cass Ballenger 28
James Barcia 34
Bob Barr, Jr. 55
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 74
Bill Barrett 23
Roscoe Bartlett 42
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 32
Charlie Bass 48
Herbert Bateman 19
Max Baucus 43
Evan Bayh 48
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 51
Bob Bennett 23
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 37
Douglas Bereuter 36
Shelley Berkley 45
Howard Berman 42
Marion Berry 39
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 41
Judy Biggert 32
Brian Bilbray 53
Michael Bilirakis 25
Jeff Bingaman 28
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 32
Rod Blagojevich 50
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 25
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 65
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 25
Sherwood Boehlert 30
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 29
Kit Bond 21
Henry Bonilla 21
David Edward Bonior 45
Mary Bono Mack 16
Robert Borski, Jr. 39
Leonard Boswell 43
Rick Boucher 25
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 50
Allen Boyd, Jr. 36
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 28
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 48
John Breaux 20
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 37
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 66
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 40
Richard Bryan 40
Ed Bryant 30
Jim Bunning 29
Conrad Burns 28
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 33
Dan Burton 35
Steve Buyer 35
Robert Byrd 43
Herbert Callahan 17
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 25
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 36
Ben Campbell 18
Thomas Campbell 60
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 28
Chris Cannon 33
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 49
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 53
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 40
Julia Carson 60
Mike Castle 43
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 66
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 25
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 25
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 51
William Clay, Sr. 53
Eva Clayton 51
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 33
Robert Clement 36
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 33
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 55
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 68
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 18
Michael Collins 43
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 33
Larry Combest 22
Gary Condit 43
Kent Conrad 48
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 66
Merrill Cook 34
John Cooksey 18
Jerry Costello 55
Christopher Cox 50
William Coyne 55
Larry Craig 33
Robert Cramer 27
Philip Crane 50
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 34
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 51
Barbara Cubin 38
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 45
Randall Cunningham 34
Patsy Ann Danner 47
Thomas Daschle 35
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 54
James Davis 37
Thomas Davis III 33
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 40
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 65
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 55
Bill Delahunt 66
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 42
Thomas DeLay 34
James DeMint 56
Peter Deutsch 45
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 28
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 26
Jay Dickey 22
Norm Dicks 30
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 40
Julian Dixon 40
Chris Dodd 41
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 77
Pete Domenici, Jr. 16
Calvin Dooley 40
John Doolittle 47
Byron Dorgan 48
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 44
David Dreier 30
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 58
Jennifer Dunn 29
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 48
John Edwards 48
Chet Edwards 38
Vern Ehlers 47
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 39
Jo Ann Emerson 23
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 40
Philip English 28
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 38
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 55
Bob Etheridge 38
Lane Evans 57
Terry Everett 23
Thomas Ewing 35
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 38
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 55
Russ Feingold 85
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 43
Bob Filner 49
Peter Fitzgerald 55
Ernest Fletcher 27
Mark Foley 37
Michael Patrick Forbes 38
Harold Ford, Jr. 42
Vito Fossella, Jr. 49
Tillie Fowler 28
Barney Frank 69
Robert Franks 47
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 32
William Frist 26
Jonas Frost III 37
Elton Gallegly 25
John Ganske 60
Sam Gejdenson 43
George Gekas 23
Richard Andrew Gephardt 40
Jim Gibbons 28
Wayne Gilchrest 27
Paul Gillmor 23
Benjamin Gilman 25
Charlie Gonzalez 40
Virgil Goode, Jr. 60
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 43
William Goodling 36
Bart Gordon 35
Slade Gorton 27
Porter Goss 36
Daniel Graham 63
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 33
William Phillip Gramm 38
Rodney Grams 48
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 27
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 30
Mark Green 53
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 41
James Greenwood 35
Judd Gregg 37
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 57

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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