Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

1998 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
WI Mayor-At-Large Tom Barrett D 88%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 85%
Russ Feingold 84%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 82%
Christopher Shays 82%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 76%
SC U.S. House-1 Mark Sanford, Jr. R 76%
Thomas Campbell 74%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 74%
William Luther 74%
David Minge 74%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 74%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 74%
Rob Andrews 71%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 71%
Mark Neumann 71%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 71%
Pete Stark 71%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 69%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 68%
Gerald Kleczka 68%
Herb Kohl 68%
Karen McCarthy 68%
Constance Morella 68%
Dave Obey 68%
Ron Paul 68%
Bruce Vento 68%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 68%
Mike Castle 65%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 65%
Patrick Kennedy 65%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 65%
Martin Meehan 65%
David Skaggs 65%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 65%
Robert Wexler 65%
Dale Bumpers 64%
Charles Robb 64%
Paul Wellstone 64%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 62%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 62%
Jerry Costello 62%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 62%
Peter Deutsch 62%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 62%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 62%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 62%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 62%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 62%
John Edward Porter 62%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 62%
Joe Scarborough 62%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 62%
John Ashcroft 60%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 60%
Julia Carson 59%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 59%
James Davis 59%
Barney Frank 59%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 59%
Paul Kanjorski 59%
Dennis Kucinich 59%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 59%
Major Owens 59%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 59%
Ted Strickland 59%
Sidney Yates 59%
Thomas Allen 56%
Rod Blagojevich 56%
Christopher Cox 56%
William Coyne 56%
Bill Delahunt 56%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 56%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 56%
Lane Evans 56%
Bob Filner 56%
Jay Johnson 56%
John LaFalce 56%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 56%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 56%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 56%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 56%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 56%
John Olver 56%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 56%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 56%
James Ramstad 56%
AZ U.S. House-5 Matt Salmon R 56%
OH State Senate-28 Thomas Sawyer D 56%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 56%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 56%
Bob Smith 56%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 56%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 56%
Lynn Woolsey 56%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 53%
Brian Bilbray 53%
David Edward Bonior 53%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 53%
John Ensign 53%
Maurice Hinchey 53%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 53%
Dale Kildee 53%
Ronald Klink 53%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 53%
William Lipinski 53%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 53%
Dan Miller 53%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 53%
Donald Payne 53%
Steve Rothman 53%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 53%
Bob Weygand 53%
Robert Byrd 52%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 52%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 52%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 52%
Jon Kyl 52%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 52%
Patrick Moynihan 52%
ME Councilor-At-Large John Baldacci D 50%
Robert Borski, Jr. 50%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 50%
Eva Clayton 50%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 50%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 50%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 50%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 50%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 50%
Tony Hall 50%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 50%
Pete Hoekstra 50%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 50%
Tom Lantos 50%
Stephen Largent 50%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 50%
James Maloney 50%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 50%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 50%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 50%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 50%
Bart Stupak 50%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 50%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 50%
Zach Wamp 50%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 50%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 48%
Richard Bryan 48%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 48%
Robert Franks 48%
Rodney Grams 48%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 48%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 48%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 48%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 48%
Don Nickles 48%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 48%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 48%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 48%
Martin Olav Sabo 48%
Gary Ackerman 47%
Bob Barr, Jr. 47%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 47%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 47%
Calvin Dooley 47%
Chet Edwards 47%
Sam Gejdenson 47%
Porter Goss 47%
Thomas Holden 47%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 47%
OH Governor John Kasich R 47%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 47%
Scott Klug 47%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 47%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 47%
Paul McHale 47%
Sue Myrick 47%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 47%
Timothy Roemer 47%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 47%
Vic Snyder 47%
John Spratt, Jr. 47%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 47%
Louis Stokes 47%
Gene Taylor 47%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 44%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 44%
Howard Berman 44%
Marion Berry 44%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 44%
George Brown, Jr. 44%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 44%
Jon Lynn Christensen 44%
William Clay, Sr. 44%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 44%
IN U.S. Senate-Sr Daniel Coats R 44%
Gary Condit 44%
Philip Crane 44%
Norm Dicks 44%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 44%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 44%
Bob Etheridge 44%
Elizabeth Furse 44%
Bart Gordon 44%
Daniel Graham 44%
Judd Gregg 44%
Lee Hamilton 44%
David Lee Hobson 44%
Darlene Hooley 44%
James Merrill Jeffords 44%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 44%
Joseph Kennedy II 44%
Frank Lautenberg 44%
Frank Mascara 44%
Michael McNulty 44%
John Moakley 44%
Carol Moseley Braun 44%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 44%
Michael Pappas 44%
Glenn Poshard 44%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 44%
Robert Schaffer 44%
John Shadegg 44%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 44%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 44%
Fred Thompson 44%
Karen Thurman 44%
Robert Torricelli 44%
Ed Towns 44%
John Warner 44%
Mel Watt 44%
Albert Wynn 44%
Mark Souder 42%
Henry Scott Baesler 41%
Charlie Bass 41%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 41%
Patsy Ann Danner 41%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 41%
Vern Ehlers 41%
Victor Fazio 41%
Michael Patrick Forbes 41%
Jon David Fox 41%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 41%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 41%
Nancy Johnson 41%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 41%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 41%
Nicholas Lampson 41%
Thomas Manton 41%
Robert Matsui 41%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 41%
Carrie Meek 41%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 41%
Jim Oberstar 41%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 41%
James Rogan 41%
Marge Roukema 41%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 41%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 41%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 41%
W. Curtis Weldon 41%
Wayne Allard 40%
Jeff Bingaman 40%
Kent Conrad 40%
Chris Dodd 40%
Byron Dorgan 40%
William Phillip Gramm 40%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 40%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 40%
Dirk Kempthorne 40%
Bob Kerrey 40%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 40%
Rick Santorum 40%
Joel Hefley 39%
Roscoe Bartlett 38%
Sherwood Boehlert 38%
Rick Boucher 38%
Julian Dixon 38%
Philip English 38%
John Ganske 38%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 38%
James Greenwood 38%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 38%
William Jefferson 38%
Sue Kelly 38%
Matthew Martinez 38%
Bill McCollum 38%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 38%
Earl Pomeroy 38%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 38%
Ciro Rodriguez 38%
Charles Stenholm 38%
John Sununu 38%
Ellen Tauscher 38%
Esteban Edward Torres 38%
Rick White 38%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 36%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 36%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 36%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 36%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 36%
Kay Hutchison 36%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 36%
Joe Lieberman 36%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 36%
Olympia Snowe 36%
Arlen Specter 36%
Bill Archer 35%
Cass Ballenger 35%
James Barcia 35%
Michael Bilirakis 35%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 35%
Harold Ford, Jr. 35%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 35%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 35%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 35%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 35%
Jane Harman 35%
Stephen Horn 35%
Asa Hutchinson 35%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 35%
James Kolbe 35%
Steve LaTourette 35%
James Leach 35%
Don Manzullo 35%
Jack Quinn 35%
Linda Smith 35%
Nick Smith 35%
Cliff Stearns 35%
Bob Stump 35%
John Tanner 35%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 32%
Max Baucus 32%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 32%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 32%
John Chafee 32%
Robert Clement 32%
Michael Collins 32%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 32%
Larry Craig 32%
Thomas Daschle 32%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 32%
Harris Fawell 32%
Jim Gibbons 32%
John Glenn 32%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 32%
William Goodling 32%
W.G. Hefner 32%
Rick Hill 32%
Van Hilleary 32%
Ernest Hollings 32%
Kenny Hulshof 32%
Dick Lugar 32%
David McIntosh 32%
Jack Metcalf 32%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 32%
William Roth, Jr. 32%
Paul Sarbanes 32%
Jim Saxton 32%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 32%
Gordon Smith 32%
Craig Thomas 32%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 32%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 29%
Robert Cramer 29%
Barbara Cubin 29%
Mark Foley 29%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 29%
John Nathan Hostettler 29%
Ray LaHood 29%
Rick Lazio 29%
Scott McInnis 29%
Jack Murtha 29%
Edward Pease 29%
George Radanovich 29%
Ike Skelton 29%
James Traficant, Jr. 29%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 29%
Kit Bond 28%
John Breaux 28%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 28%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 28%
Frank Murkowski 28%
Ted Stevens 28%
Strom Thurmond 28%
Norman Sisisky 27%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 26%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 26%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 26%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 26%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 26%
Jonas Frost III 26%
Gilbert Gutknecht 26%
Wally Herger, Jr. 26%
Henry Hyde 26%
Christopher John 26%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 26%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 26%
Alan Mollohan 26%
Robert William Ney 26%
Anne Northup 26%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 26%
John Peterson 26%
Frank Riggs 26%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 26%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 26%
Gerald Weller 26%
Richard Armey 24%
Bill Barrett 24%
Bob Bennett 24%
Henry Bonilla 24%
Conrad Burns 24%
Ben Campbell 24%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 24%
Merrill Cook 24%
Paul Coverdell 24%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 24%
Thomas Davis III 24%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 24%
Jo Ann Emerson 24%
William Frist 24%
George Gekas 24%
Paul Gillmor 24%
Benjamin Gilman 24%
Slade Gorton 24%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 24%
Duncan Hunter 24%
Daniel Inouye 24%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 24%
Connie Mack 24%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 24%
John McHugh 24%
Owen Pickett 24%
Silvestre Reyes 24%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 24%
Todd Tiahrt 24%
James Turner 24%
David Weldon 24%
Bob Wise, Jr. 24%
Bill Young 24%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 21%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 21%
Mary Bono Mack 21%
Chris Cannon 21%
Randall Cunningham 21%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 21%
Jay Dickey 21%
Jennifer Dunn 21%
Terry Everett 21%
Tillie Fowler 21%
Wayne Gilchrest 21%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 21%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 21%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 21%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 21%
James Nussle 21%
Mike Parker 21%
Richard Pombo 21%
Ralph Regula 21%
Jim Ryun 21%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 21%
E.G. Shuster 21%
Vincent Snowbarger 21%
James Talent 21%
James Walsh 21%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 20%
Wendell Ford 20%
Jesse Helms 20%
Trent Lott, Sr. 20%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 20%
Heather Wilson 19%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 18%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 18%
Ed Bryant 18%
Jim Bunning 18%
Dan Burton 18%
Steve Buyer 18%
John Doolittle 18%
David Dreier 18%
Thomas Ewing 18%
James Hansen 18%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 18%
Ron Lewis 18%
John Linder 18%
Robert Livingston 18%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 18%
Joseph McDade 18%
William Paxon 18%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 18%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 18%
Deborah Pryce 18%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 18%
Daniel Schaefer 18%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 18%
Floyd Spence 18%
Charles Taylor 18%
Wesley Watkins 18%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 18%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16%
Alfonse D'Amato 16%
Richard Hugh Baker 15%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 15%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 15%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 15%
Larry Combest 15%
John Cooksey 15%
Thomas DeLay 15%
Elton Gallegly 15%
J. Dennis Hastert 15%
Jay Kim 15%
Joseph Knollenberg 15%
Bob Riley 15%
Robert Smith 15%
Gerald B.H. Solomon 15%
William Thomas 15%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 15%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 15%
Herbert Bateman 12%
Douglas Bereuter 12%
Herbert Callahan 12%
Henry Gonzalez 12%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 12%
William Lewis Jenkins 12%
Jerry Lewis 12%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 12%
Michael Oxley 12%
Ronald Packard 12%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 12%
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 12%
James McCrery III 10%
Bill Redmond 9%
Joseph Skeen 9%
William Tauzin 9%

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