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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 28
Gary Ackerman 44
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
Brian Baird 51
Richard Hugh Baker 23
Cass Ballenger 28
James Barcia 34
Bob Barr, Jr. 55
Bill Barrett 23
Roscoe Bartlett 42
Charlie Bass 48
Herbert Bateman 19
Max Baucus 43
Evan Bayh 48
Bob Bennett 23
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 37
Douglas Bereuter 36
Shelley Berkley 45
Howard Berman 42
Marion Berry 39
Judy Biggert 32
Brian Bilbray 53
Michael Bilirakis 25
Jeff Bingaman 28
Rod Blagojevich 50
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 25
Sherwood Boehlert 30
Kit Bond 21
Henry Bonilla 21
David Edward Bonior 45
Mary Bono Mack 16
Robert Borski, Jr. 39
Leonard Boswell 43
Rick Boucher 25
Allen Boyd, Jr. 36
John Breaux 20
Richard Bryan 40
Ed Bryant 30
Jim Bunning 29
Conrad Burns 28
Dan Burton 35
Steve Buyer 35
Robert Byrd 43
Herbert Callahan 17
Ben Campbell 18
Thomas Campbell 60
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 28
Chris Cannon 33
Julia Carson 60
Mike Castle 43
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 51
William Clay, Sr. 53
Eva Clayton 51
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 33
Robert Clement 36
Michael Collins 43
Larry Combest 22
Gary Condit 43
Kent Conrad 48
Merrill Cook 34
John Cooksey 18
Jerry Costello 55
Christopher Cox 50
William Coyne 55
Larry Craig 33
Robert Cramer 27
Philip Crane 50
Barbara Cubin 38
Randall Cunningham 34
Patsy Ann Danner 47
Thomas Daschle 35
James Davis 37
Thomas Davis III 33
Bill Delahunt 66
Thomas DeLay 34
James DeMint 56
Peter Deutsch 45
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 26
Jay Dickey 22
Norm Dicks 30
Julian Dixon 40
Chris Dodd 41
Pete Domenici, Jr. 16
Calvin Dooley 40
John Doolittle 47
Byron Dorgan 48
David Dreier 30
Jennifer Dunn 29
John Edwards 48
Chet Edwards 38
Vern Ehlers 47
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 39
Jo Ann Emerson 23
Philip English 28
Bob Etheridge 38
Lane Evans 57
Terry Everett 23
Thomas Ewing 35
Russ Feingold 85
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
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
William Goodling 36
Bart Gordon 35
Slade Gorton 27
Porter Goss 36
Daniel Graham 63
William Phillip Gramm 38
Rodney Grams 48
Mark Green 53
James Greenwood 35
Judd Gregg 37
Gilbert Gutknecht 56
Tony Hall 40
James Hansen 19
J. Dennis Hastert n/a
Robert Hayes 42
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 38
Joel Hefley 60
Jesse Helms 23
Wally Herger, Jr. 42
Baron Hill 43
Rick Hill 35
Van Hilleary 46
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 34
Maurice Hinchey 48
David Lee Hobson 23
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 42
Pete Hoekstra 47
Thomas Holden 48
Ernest Hollings 40
Darlene Hooley 47
Stephen Horn 23
John Nathan Hostettler 51
Amory Houghton, Jr. 18
Kenny Hulshof 35
Duncan Hunter 33
Asa Hutchinson 34
Y. Tim Hutchinson 21
Kay Hutchison 28
Henry Hyde 30
Daniel Inouye 30
Ernest Istook, Jr. 44
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 60
William Jefferson 44
James Merrill Jeffords 38
William Lewis Jenkins 27
Christopher John 26
Nancy Johnson 31
Paul Kanjorski 42
Sue Kelly 43
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 37
Patrick Kennedy 44
Bob Kerrey 38
Dale Kildee 47
Carolyn Kilpatrick 44
Gerald Kleczka 58
Ronald Klink 48
Joseph Knollenberg 17
Herb Kohl 60
James Kolbe 28
Dennis Kucinich 62
Steven Kuykendall 22
Jon Kyl 40
John LaFalce 45
Ray LaHood 38
Nicholas Lampson 38
Tom Lantos 43
Stephen Largent 52
Steve LaTourette 32
Frank Lautenberg 49
Rick Lazio 43
James Leach 45

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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