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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 79%
Gary Ackerman 79%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 7%
Thomas Allen 87%
Rob Andrews 50%
Bill Archer 13%
Richard Armey 7%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 13%
Henry Scott Baesler 40%
Richard Hugh Baker 13%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 87%
Cass Ballenger 29%
James Barcia 53%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 93%
Bill Barrett 21%
Roscoe Bartlett 13%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 13%
Charlie Bass 33%
Herbert Bateman 29%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 79%
Douglas Bereuter 40%
Howard Berman 75%
Marion Berry 73%
Brian Bilbray 43%
Michael Bilirakis 27%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 53%
Rod Blagojevich 71%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 23%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 7%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 7%
Henry Bonilla 8%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Sonny Bono 27%
Robert Borski, Jr. 67%
Leonard Boswell 47%
Rick Boucher 64%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 53%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 7%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 71%
George Brown, Jr. 86%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
Ed Bryant 13%
Jim Bunning 27%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
Dan Burton 7%
Steve Buyer 8%
Herbert Callahan 14%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 13%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 53%
Thomas Campbell 67%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 21%
Chris Cannon 20%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 73%
Julia Carson 93%
Mike Castle 60%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 33%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 13%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 14%
Jon Lynn Christensen 20%
William Clay, Sr. 92%
Eva Clayton 100%
Robert Clement 57%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 67%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 21%
Michael Collins 7%
Larry Combest 7%
Gary Condit 57%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Merrill Cook 27%
John Cooksey 29%
Jerry Costello 71%
Christopher Cox 21%
William Coyne 93%
Robert Cramer 33%
Philip Crane 7%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
Barbara Cubin 13%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 86%
Randall Cunningham 13%
Patsy Ann Danner 47%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 93%
James Davis 79%
Thomas Davis III 40%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 7%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
Bill Delahunt 93%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
Thomas DeLay 7%
Ronald Dellums 100%
Peter Deutsch 64%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 36%
Jay Dickey 0%
Norm Dicks 50%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 71%
Julian Dixon 73%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 87%
Calvin Dooley 60%
John Doolittle 7%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 47%
David Dreier 13%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 47%
Jennifer Dunn 27%
Chet Edwards 64%
Vern Ehlers 64%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 27%
Jo Ann Emerson 13%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 73%
Philip English 40%
John Ensign 33%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
Bob Etheridge 53%
Lane Evans 93%
Terry Everett 7%
Thomas Ewing 29%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86%
Harris Fawell 47%
Victor Fazio 73%
Bob Filner 86%
Thomas Foglietta 92%
Mark Foley 60%
Michael Patrick Forbes 46%
Harold Ford, Jr. 87%
Tillie Fowler 27%
Jon David Fox 60%
Barney Frank 93%
Robert Franks 67%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 40%
Jonas Frost III 60%
Elizabeth Furse 93%
Elton Gallegly 40%
John Ganske 50%
Sam Gejdenson 80%
George Gekas 33%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 86%
Jim Gibbons 36%
Wayne Gilchrest 47%
Paul Gillmor 29%
Benjamin Gilman 47%
Newt Gingrich 0%
Henry Gonzalez 91%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 21%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 20%
William Goodling 33%
Bart Gordon 60%
Porter Goss 36%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 80%
James Greenwood 60%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 93%
Gilbert Gutknecht 40%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 13%
Tony Hall 67%
Lee Hamilton 73%
James Hansen 8%
Jane Harman 57%
J. Dennis Hastert 27%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 79%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 13%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 33%
Joel Hefley 0%
W.G. Hefner 55%
Wally Herger, Jr. 7%
Rick Hill 27%
Van Hilleary 7%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 80%
Maurice Hinchey 86%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 80%
David Lee Hobson 27%
Pete Hoekstra 40%
Thomas Holden 33%
Darlene Hooley 87%
Stephen Horn 47%
John Nathan Hostettler 14%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 50%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 60%
Kenny Hulshof 20%
Duncan Hunter 13%
Asa Hutchinson 13%
Henry Hyde 27%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 7%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 93%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 86%
William Jefferson 62%
William Lewis Jenkins 20%
Christopher John 33%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
Jay Johnson 87%
Nancy Johnson 47%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 7%
Paul Kanjorski 80%

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.

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