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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 79%
Thomas Allen 87%
Rob Andrews 50%
Bill Archer 13%
Richard Armey 7%
Henry Scott Baesler 40%
Richard Hugh Baker 13%
Cass Ballenger 29%
James Barcia 53%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 21%
Roscoe Bartlett 13%
Charlie Bass 33%
Herbert Bateman 29%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 79%
Douglas Bereuter 40%
Howard Berman 75%
Marion Berry 73%
Brian Bilbray 43%
Michael Bilirakis 27%
Rod Blagojevich 71%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 23%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
Henry Bonilla 8%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Sonny Bono 27%
Robert Borski, Jr. 67%
Leonard Boswell 47%
Rick Boucher 64%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 53%
George Brown, Jr. 86%
Ed Bryant 13%
Jim Bunning 27%
Dan Burton 7%
Steve Buyer 8%
Herbert Callahan 14%
Thomas Campbell 67%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 21%
Chris Cannon 20%
Julia Carson 93%
Mike Castle 60%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 14%
Jon Lynn Christensen 20%
William Clay, Sr. 92%
Eva Clayton 100%
Robert Clement 57%
Michael Collins 7%
Larry Combest 7%
Gary Condit 57%
Merrill Cook 27%
John Cooksey 29%
Jerry Costello 71%
Christopher Cox 21%
William Coyne 93%
Robert Cramer 33%
Philip Crane 7%
Barbara Cubin 13%
Randall Cunningham 13%
Patsy Ann Danner 47%
James Davis 79%
Thomas Davis III 40%
Bill Delahunt 93%
Thomas DeLay 7%
Ronald Dellums 100%
Peter Deutsch 64%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 36%
Jay Dickey 0%
Norm Dicks 50%
Julian Dixon 73%
Calvin Dooley 60%
John Doolittle 7%
David Dreier 13%
Jennifer Dunn 27%
Chet Edwards 64%
Vern Ehlers 64%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 27%
Jo Ann Emerson 13%
Philip English 40%
John Ensign 33%
Bob Etheridge 53%
Lane Evans 93%
Terry Everett 7%
Thomas Ewing 29%
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%
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%
William Goodling 33%
Bart Gordon 60%
Porter Goss 36%
James Greenwood 60%
Gilbert Gutknecht 40%
Tony Hall 67%
Lee Hamilton 73%
James Hansen 8%
Jane Harman 57%
J. Dennis Hastert 27%
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%
David Lee Hobson 27%
Pete Hoekstra 40%
Thomas Holden 33%
Darlene Hooley 87%
Stephen Horn 47%
John Nathan Hostettler 14%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 50%
Kenny Hulshof 20%
Duncan Hunter 13%
Asa Hutchinson 13%
Henry Hyde 27%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 7%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 93%
William Jefferson 62%
William Lewis Jenkins 20%
Christopher John 33%
Jay Johnson 87%
Nancy Johnson 47%
Paul Kanjorski 80%
Sue Kelly 53%
Joseph Kennedy II 93%
Patrick Kennedy 79%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 80%
Dale Kildee 67%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 93%
Jay Kim 27%
Gerald Kleczka 87%
Ronald Klink 47%
Scott Klug 53%
Joseph Knollenberg 20%
James Kolbe 60%
Dennis Kucinich 80%
John LaFalce 64%
Ray LaHood 27%
Nicholas Lampson 80%
Tom Lantos 79%
Stephen Largent 7%
Steve LaTourette 50%
Rick Lazio 57%
James Leach 60%
Jerry Lewis 29%
Ron Lewis 20%
John Linder 13%
William Lipinski 50%
Robert Livingston 21%
William Luther 80%
James Maloney 67%
Thomas Manton 43%
Don Manzullo 13%
Matthew Martinez 71%
Frank Mascara 40%
Robert Matsui 73%
Karen McCarthy 87%
Bill McCollum 29%
James McCrery III 14%
Joseph McDade 20%
Paul McHale 73%
John McHugh 33%
Scott McInnis 15%
David McIntosh 7%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 93%
Michael McNulty 80%
Martin Meehan 93%
Carrie Meek 64%
Jack Metcalf 33%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 73%
Dan Miller 27%
David Minge 93%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 93%
John Moakley 80%
Alan Mollohan 50%
Constance Morella 73%
Jack Murtha 47%

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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