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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 88%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 85%
Russ Feingold 84%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 82%
Christopher Shays 82%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 76%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 76%
Thomas Campbell 74%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 74%
William Luther 74%
David Minge 74%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 74%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 74%
Rob Andrews 71%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 71%
Mark Neumann 71%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 71%
Pete Stark 71%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 69%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 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 Democratic 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 Democratic 65%
Robert Wexler 65%
Dale Bumpers 64%
Charles Robb 64%
Paul Wellstone 64%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 62%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 62%
Jerry Costello 62%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 62%
Peter Deutsch 62%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 62%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 62%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 62%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 62%
John Edward Porter 62%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 62%
Joe Scarborough 62%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 62%
John Ashcroft 60%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 60%
Julia Carson 59%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 59%
James Davis 59%
Barney Frank 59%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 59%
Paul Kanjorski 59%
Dennis Kucinich 59%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 59%
Major Owens 59%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 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. Republican 56%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 56%
Lane Evans 56%
Bob Filner 56%
Jay Johnson 56%
John LaFalce 56%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 56%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 56%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 56%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 56%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 56%
John Olver 56%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 56%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 56%
James Ramstad 56%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 56%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 56%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 56%
Bob Smith 56%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 56%
Lynn Woolsey 56%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 53%
Brian Bilbray 53%
David Edward Bonior 53%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 53%
John Ensign 53%
Maurice Hinchey 53%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 53%
Dale Kildee 53%
Ronald Klink 53%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 53%
William Lipinski 53%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 53%
Dan Miller 53%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 53%
Donald Payne 53%
Steve Rothman 53%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 53%
Bob Weygand 53%
Robert Byrd 52%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 52%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 52%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 52%
Jon Kyl 52%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 52%
Patrick Moynihan 52%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 50%
Robert Borski, Jr. 50%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 50%
Eva Clayton 50%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 50%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 50%
Tony Hall 50%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 50%
Pete Hoekstra 50%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 50%
Tom Lantos 50%
Stephen Largent 50%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 50%
James Maloney 50%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 50%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 50%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 50%
Bart Stupak 50%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 50%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 50%
Zach Wamp 50%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 50%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 48%
Richard Bryan 48%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 48%
Robert Franks 48%
Rodney Grams 48%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 48%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 48%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 48%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 48%
Don Nickles 48%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 48%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 48%
Martin Olav Sabo 48%
Gary Ackerman 47%
Bob Barr, Jr. 47%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 47%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 47%
Calvin Dooley 47%
Chet Edwards 47%
Sam Gejdenson 47%
Porter Goss 47%
Thomas Holden 47%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 47%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 47%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 47%
Scott Klug 47%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 47%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 47%
Paul McHale 47%
Sue Myrick 47%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 47%
Timothy Roemer 47%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 47%
Vic Snyder 47%
John Spratt, Jr. 47%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 47%
Louis Stokes 47%
Gene Taylor 47%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 44%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 44%
Howard Berman 44%
Marion Berry 44%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 44%
George Brown, Jr. 44%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 44%
Jon Lynn Christensen 44%
William Clay, Sr. 44%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 44%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 44%
Gary Condit 44%
Philip Crane 44%
Norm Dicks 44%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 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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