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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Russ Feingold 85
William Luther 84
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 77
Ron Paul 75
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 74
Martin Meehan 72
John Tierney 72
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 70
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 70
Barney Frank 69
Thomas Coburn 68
Pete Stark 67
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 66
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 66
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 66
Bill Delahunt 66
George Miller 66
Lynn Nancy Rivers 66
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 65
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 65
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 65
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 65
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64
Daniel Graham 63
Dave Obey 63
Dennis Kucinich 62
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 62
David Minge 62
James Ramstad 62
Christopher Shays 62
Bruce Vento 62
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 61
Thomas Campbell 60
Julia Carson 60
John Ganske 60
Virgil Goode, Jr. 60
Joel Hefley 60
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 60
Herb Kohl 60
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 60
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 60
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 60
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 58
Gerald Kleczka 58
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 58
Jim Oberstar 58
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 58
Tom Tancredo 58
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 58
George Voinovich 58
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 58
Lane Evans 57
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 57
Rush Holt, Jr. 57
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 57
Patsy Takemoto Mink 57
Tom Petri 57
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 57
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 57
Robert Schaffer 57
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 57
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 57
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 57
Henry Waxman 57
David Wu 57
James DeMint 56
Gilbert Gutknecht 56
Karen McCarthy 56
Major Owens 56
Donald Payne 56
Bob Barr, Jr. 55
Howard Coble 55
Jerry Costello 55
William Coyne 55
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 55
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 55
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 55
Peter Fitzgerald 55
Don Manzullo 55
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 55
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 55
Ted Strickland 55
Bart Stupak 55
Gene Taylor 55
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 55
Paul Wellstone 55
Lynn Woolsey 55
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 54
Cynthia Ann McKinney 54
Sue Myrick 54
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 54
John Sununu 54
Brian Bilbray 53
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 53
William Clay, Sr. 53
Mark Green 53
William Lipinski 53
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 53
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 53
Charles Robb 53
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 53
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 53
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 53
Stephen Largent 52
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 52
Brian Baird 51
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 51
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 51
Eva Clayton 51
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 51
John Nathan Hostettler 51
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 51
Timothy Roemer 51
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 51
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 51
Mark Udall 51
Zach Wamp 51
Anthony Weiner 51
Joe Baca, Sr. 50
Rod Blagojevich 50
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 50
Christopher Cox 50
Philip Crane 50
Tom Harkin 50
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 50
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 50
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 50
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 49
Bob Filner 49
Vito Fossella, Jr. 49
Frank Lautenberg 49
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 49
Dennis Moore 49
Jim Moran, Jr. 49
Marge Roukema 49
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 49
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 49
Mel Watt 49
Charlie Bass 48
Evan Bayh 48
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 48
Kent Conrad 48
Byron Dorgan 48
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 48
John Edwards 48
Rodney Grams 48
Maurice Hinchey 48
Thomas Holden 48
Ronald Klink 48
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 48
Mike McIntyre 48
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 48
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 48
Steve Rothman 48
Nick Smith 48
Ed Towns 48
Patsy Ann Danner 47
John Doolittle 47
Vern Ehlers 47
Robert Franks 47
Pete Hoekstra 47
Darlene Hooley 47
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 47
Dale Kildee 47
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 47
Earl Pomeroy 47
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 47
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 47
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 47
Lee Terry 47
Van Hilleary 46
Michael McNulty 46
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 46
Rob Andrews 45
Shelley Berkley 45
David Edward Bonior 45
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 45
Peter Deutsch 45
John LaFalce 45
James Leach 45
Carl Levin 45
James Maloney 45
Matthew Martinez 45
John Moakley 45
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 45
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 45
Joe Scarborough 45
Cliff Stearns 45
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 45
Gary Ackerman 44
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 44
Ernest Istook, Jr. 44
William Jefferson 44
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 44
Patrick Kennedy 44
Carolyn Kilpatrick 44
John Linder 44
Scott McInnis 44
Martin Olav Sabo 44
Albert Wynn 44

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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