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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 44%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 38%
Gary Ackerman 33%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 17%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 31%
Wayne Allard 38%
Thomas Allen 61%
Rob Andrews 64%
Bill Archer 33%
Richard Armey 36%
John Ashcroft 44%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 31%
Henry Scott Baesler 19%
Richard Hugh Baker 8%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 58%
Cass Ballenger 28%
James Barcia 42%
Bob Barr, Jr. 42%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 86%
Bill Barrett 19%
Roscoe Bartlett 28%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 25%
Charlie Bass 58%
Herbert Bateman 6%
Max Baucus 31%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 53%
Bob Bennett 22%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 39%
Douglas Bereuter 28%
Howard Berman 42%
Marion Berry 36%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 44%
Brian Bilbray 39%
Michael Bilirakis 31%
Jeff Bingaman 34%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 8%
Rod Blagojevich 67%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 25%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 67%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 28%
Sherwood Boehlert 31%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 19%
Kit Bond 19%
Henry Bonilla 11%
David Edward Bonior 53%
Robert Borski, Jr. 44%
Leonard Boswell 36%
Rick Boucher 31%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 53%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 22%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 22%
John Breaux 28%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 28%
George Brown, Jr. 44%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 75%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 44%
Richard Bryan 56%
Ed Bryant 28%
Dale Bumpers 63%
Jim Bunning 11%
Conrad Burns 22%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 25%
Dan Burton 28%
Steve Buyer 14%
Robert Byrd 44%
Herbert Callahan 25%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 8%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 42%
Ben Campbell 25%
Thomas Campbell 75%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 25%
Chris Cannon 39%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 50%
Julia Carson 64%
Mike Castle 61%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 81%
John Chafee 44%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 25%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 25%
Jon Lynn Christensen 47%
William Clay, Sr. 47%
Eva Clayton 44%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 28%
Robert Clement 36%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 33%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 50%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 56%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 44%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 19%
Michael Collins 42%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
Larry Combest 25%
Gary Condit 61%
Kent Conrad 50%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 64%
Merrill Cook 33%
John Cooksey 17%
Jerry Costello 58%
Paul Coverdell 22%
Christopher Cox 50%
William Coyne 61%
Larry Craig 34%
Robert Cramer 17%
Philip Crane 44%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 25%
Barbara Cubin 17%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 53%
Randall Cunningham 33%
Alfonse D'Amato 22%
Patsy Ann Danner 50%
Thomas Daschle 28%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 50%
James Davis 53%
Thomas Davis III 25%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 36%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 75%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 64%
Bill Delahunt 67%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 58%
Thomas DeLay 31%
Peter Deutsch 44%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 38%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 17%
Jay Dickey 22%
Norm Dicks 25%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 36%
Julian Dixon 25%
Chris Dodd 47%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 72%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 22%
Calvin Dooley 33%
John Doolittle 19%
Byron Dorgan 38%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 56%
David Dreier 22%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 72%
Jennifer Dunn 28%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 56%
Chet Edwards 19%
Vern Ehlers 47%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 42%
Jo Ann Emerson 17%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 50%
Philip English 31%
John Ensign 61%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 31%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 72%
Bob Etheridge 28%
Lane Evans 64%
Terry Everett 14%
Thomas Ewing 17%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 34%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 53%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 56%
Harris Fawell 50%
Victor Fazio 19%
Russ Feingold 81%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
Bob Filner 53%
Mark Foley 53%
Michael Patrick Forbes 28%
Harold Ford, Jr. 42%
Wendell Ford 31%
Tillie Fowler 28%
Jon David Fox 56%
Barney Frank 72%
Robert Franks 64%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 44%
William Frist 34%
Jonas Frost III 11%
Elizabeth Furse 56%
Elton Gallegly 19%
John Ganske 58%
Sam Gejdenson 56%
George Gekas 25%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 39%
Jim Gibbons 31%
Wayne Gilchrest 22%
Paul Gillmor 31%
Benjamin Gilman 28%
John Glenn 56%
Henry Gonzalez 19%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 39%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 50%
William Goodling 42%
Bart Gordon 31%
Slade Gorton 31%
Porter Goss 44%
Daniel Graham 44%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 19%
William Phillip Gramm 44%
Rodney Grams 34%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 19%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 41%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 36%
James Greenwood 50%
Judd Gregg 66%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 61%
Gilbert Gutknecht 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 25%

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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