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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 15%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 21%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 26%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 20%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 36%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 56%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 41%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 48%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 47%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 44%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 12%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 68%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 44%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 47%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 71%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 48%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 36%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 62%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 44%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 26%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 62%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 26%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 26%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 41%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 32%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 56%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 15%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 41%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 44%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 18%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 40%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 52%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 24%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 59%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 62%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 59%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 18%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 36%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 50%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 44%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 24%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 21%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 32%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 29%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 18%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 24%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 36%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 56%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 53%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 62%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 47%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 53%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 47%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 32%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 62%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 32%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 26%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 50%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 53%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 26%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 53%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 48%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 47%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 18%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 44%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 24%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 15%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 36%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 28%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 48%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 47%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 35%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 41%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 26%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 44%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 53%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 56%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 35%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 50%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 48%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 21%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 47%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 48%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 56%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 62%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 59%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 44%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 41%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 56%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 41%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 56%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 76%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 21%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 50%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 56%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 82%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 56%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 24%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 47%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 18%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 40%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 47%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 62%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 68%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 60%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 44%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 18%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 48%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 76%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 44%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 38%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 52%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 12%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 26%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 35%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 32%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 12%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 32%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 38%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 41%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 12%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 35%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 32%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 74%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 28%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 41%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 32%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 56%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 50%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 52%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 62%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 24%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 56%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 65%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 44%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 85%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 74%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 62%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 88%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 38%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 40%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 44%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 48%
Gary Ackerman 47%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16%
Wayne Allard 40%
Thomas Allen 56%
Rob Andrews 71%
Bill Archer 35%
Richard Armey 24%
John Ashcroft 60%
Henry Scott Baesler 41%
Richard Hugh Baker 15%
Cass Ballenger 35%
James Barcia 35%
Bob Barr, Jr. 47%
Bill Barrett 24%
Roscoe Bartlett 38%
Charlie Bass 41%
Herbert Bateman 12%
Max Baucus 32%
Bob Bennett 24%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 53%
Douglas Bereuter 12%
Howard Berman 44%
Marion Berry 44%
Brian Bilbray 53%
Michael Bilirakis 35%
Jeff Bingaman 40%
Rod Blagojevich 56%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 15%
Sherwood Boehlert 38%
Kit Bond 28%
Henry Bonilla 24%
David Edward Bonior 53%
Mary Bono Mack 21%
Robert Borski, Jr. 50%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Rick Boucher 38%

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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