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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 38%
Gary Ackerman 33%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 31%
Wayne Allard 38%
Thomas Allen 61%
Rob Andrews 64%
Bill Archer 33%
Richard Armey 36%
John Ashcroft 44%
Henry Scott Baesler 19%
Richard Hugh Baker 8%
Cass Ballenger 28%
James Barcia 42%
Bob Barr, Jr. 42%
Bill Barrett 19%
Roscoe Bartlett 28%
Charlie Bass 58%
Herbert Bateman 6%
Max Baucus 31%
Bob Bennett 22%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 39%
Douglas Bereuter 28%
Howard Berman 42%
Marion Berry 36%
Brian Bilbray 39%
Michael Bilirakis 31%
Jeff Bingaman 34%
Rod Blagojevich 67%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 25%
Sherwood Boehlert 31%
Kit Bond 19%
Henry Bonilla 11%
David Edward Bonior 53%
Robert Borski, Jr. 44%
Leonard Boswell 36%
Rick Boucher 31%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 22%
John Breaux 28%
George Brown, Jr. 44%
Richard Bryan 56%
Ed Bryant 28%
Dale Bumpers 63%
Jim Bunning 11%
Conrad Burns 22%
Dan Burton 28%
Steve Buyer 14%
Robert Byrd 44%
Herbert Callahan 25%
Ben Campbell 25%
Thomas Campbell 75%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 25%
Chris Cannon 39%
Julia Carson 64%
Mike Castle 61%
John Chafee 44%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 25%
Jon Lynn Christensen 47%
William Clay, Sr. 47%
Eva Clayton 44%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 28%
Robert Clement 36%
Michael Collins 42%
Larry Combest 25%
Gary Condit 61%
Kent Conrad 50%
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%
Barbara Cubin 17%
Randall Cunningham 33%
Alfonse D'Amato 22%
Patsy Ann Danner 50%
Thomas Daschle 28%
James Davis 53%
Thomas Davis III 25%
Bill Delahunt 67%
Thomas DeLay 31%
Peter Deutsch 44%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 17%
Jay Dickey 22%
Norm Dicks 25%
Julian Dixon 25%
Chris Dodd 47%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 22%
Calvin Dooley 33%
John Doolittle 19%
Byron Dorgan 38%
David Dreier 22%
Jennifer Dunn 28%
Chet Edwards 19%
Vern Ehlers 47%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 42%
Jo Ann Emerson 17%
Philip English 31%
John Ensign 61%
Bob Etheridge 28%
Lane Evans 64%
Terry Everett 14%
Thomas Ewing 17%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 34%
Harris Fawell 50%
Victor Fazio 19%
Russ Feingold 81%
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%
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%
William Goodling 42%
Bart Gordon 31%
Slade Gorton 31%
Porter Goss 44%
Daniel Graham 44%
William Phillip Gramm 44%
Rodney Grams 34%
James Greenwood 50%
Judd Gregg 66%
Gilbert Gutknecht 50%
Tony Hall 44%
Lee Hamilton 42%
James Hansen 17%
Jane Harman 44%
J. Dennis Hastert 25%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 42%
Joel Hefley 42%
W.G. Hefner 25%
Jesse Helms 31%
Wally Herger, Jr. 19%
Rick Hill 25%
Van Hilleary 31%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 36%
Maurice Hinchey 61%
David Lee Hobson 31%
Pete Hoekstra 75%
Thomas Holden 22%
Ernest Hollings 47%
Darlene Hooley 69%
Stephen Horn 44%
John Nathan Hostettler 36%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 25%
Kenny Hulshof 36%
Duncan Hunter 22%
Asa Hutchinson 36%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 44%
Kay Hutchison 41%
Henry Hyde 17%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 53%
Daniel Inouye 19%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 33%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 61%
William Jefferson 17%
James Merrill Jeffords 41%
William Lewis Jenkins 14%
Christopher John 14%
Jay Johnson 39%
Nancy Johnson 31%
Paul Kanjorski 61%
Sue Kelly 47%
Dirk Kempthorne 31%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 56%
Joseph Kennedy II 75%
Patrick Kennedy 53%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 50%
Bob Kerrey 59%
Dale Kildee 47%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 47%
Jay Kim 17%
Gerald Kleczka 67%
Ronald Klink 31%
Scott Klug 83%
Joseph Knollenberg 17%
Herb Kohl 78%
James Kolbe 31%
Dennis Kucinich 64%
Jon Kyl 50%

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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