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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Ron Paul 94%
William Luther 92%
Martin Meehan 89%
James Ramstad 89%
Christopher Shays 89%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 86%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 83%
Scott Klug 83%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 83%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 81%
Russ Feingold 81%
Herb Kohl 78%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 78%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 78%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 78%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 78%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 75%
Thomas Campbell 75%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 75%
Pete Hoekstra 75%
Joseph Kennedy II 75%
Constance Morella 75%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 75%
Bruce Vento 75%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 72%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 72%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 72%
Barney Frank 72%
David Minge 72%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 72%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 72%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 72%
Darlene Hooley 69%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 69%
Karen McCarthy 69%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 69%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 69%
Mark Neumann 69%
Dave Obey 69%
John Olver 69%
Marge Roukema 69%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 69%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 69%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 69%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 69%
Rod Blagojevich 67%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 67%
Bill Delahunt 67%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 67%
Gerald Kleczka 67%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 67%
Lynn Woolsey 67%
Judd Gregg 66%
Paul Wellstone 66%
Rob Andrews 64%
Julia Carson 64%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 64%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 64%
Lane Evans 64%
Robert Franks 64%
Dennis Kucinich 64%
James Leach 64%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 64%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 64%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 64%
Dan Miller 64%
John Edward Porter 64%
Timothy Roemer 64%
Ellen Tauscher 64%
Dale Bumpers 63%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 63%
Thomas Allen 61%
Mike Castle 61%
Gary Condit 61%
William Coyne 61%
John Ensign 61%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 61%
Maurice Hinchey 61%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 61%
Paul Kanjorski 61%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 61%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 61%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 61%
Major Owens 61%
Donald Payne 61%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 61%
Bob Weygand 61%
Bob Kerrey 59%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 59%
Charles Robb 59%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 58%
Charlie Bass 58%
Jerry Costello 58%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 58%
John Ganske 58%
John LaFalce 58%
Michael McNulty 58%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 58%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 58%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 58%
Glenn Poshard 58%
Ted Strickland 58%
John Sununu 58%
Richard Bryan 56%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 56%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 56%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 56%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 56%
Jon David Fox 56%
Elizabeth Furse 56%
Sam Gejdenson 56%
John Glenn 56%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 56%
Frank Lautenberg 56%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 56%
Joe Lieberman 56%
James Maloney 56%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 56%
John Moakley 56%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 56%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 56%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 56%
Pete Stark 56%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 53%
David Edward Bonior 53%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 53%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 53%
James Davis 53%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 53%
Bob Filner 53%
Mark Foley 53%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 53%
Patrick Kennedy 53%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 53%
Tom Lantos 53%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 53%
Paul McHale 53%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 53%
Carol Moseley Braun 53%
Steve Rothman 53%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 53%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 53%
Martin Olav Sabo 53%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 53%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 53%
Nick Smith 53%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 50%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 50%
Kent Conrad 50%
Christopher Cox 50%
Patsy Ann Danner 50%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 50%
Harris Fawell 50%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 50%
James Greenwood 50%
Gilbert Gutknecht 50%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 50%
Jon Kyl 50%
Stephen Largent 50%
Rick Lazio 50%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 50%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 50%
Patrick Moynihan 50%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 50%
Bart Stupak 50%
Fred Thompson 50%
Robert Torricelli 50%
Jon Lynn Christensen 47%
William Clay, Sr. 47%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
Chris Dodd 47%
Vern Ehlers 47%
Ernest Hollings 47%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 47%
Sue Kelly 47%
Dale Kildee 47%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 47%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 47%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 47%
James Nussle 47%
Michael Pappas 47%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 47%
Joe Scarborough 47%
David Skaggs 47%
Louis Stokes 47%
Zach Wamp 47%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 47%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 44%
John Ashcroft 44%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 44%
Robert Borski, Jr. 44%
George Brown, Jr. 44%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 44%
Robert Byrd 44%
John Chafee 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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