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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Ronald Dellums 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
Steven Schiff 100%
Mel Watt 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
Julia Carson 93%
William Coyne 93%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 93%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
Bill Delahunt 93%
Lane Evans 93%
Barney Frank 93%
Elizabeth Furse 93%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 93%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 93%
Joseph Kennedy II 93%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 93%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 93%
Martin Meehan 93%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
David Minge 93%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 93%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 93%
Dave Obey 93%
John Olver 93%
Donald Payne 93%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 93%
Pete Stark 93%
Louis Stokes 93%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
Bruce Vento 93%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 93%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
William Clay, Sr. 92%
Thomas Foglietta 92%
Sidney Yates 92%
Henry Gonzalez 91%
Thomas Allen 87%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 87%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 87%
Harold Ford, Jr. 87%
Darlene Hooley 87%
Jay Johnson 87%
Gerald Kleczka 87%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 87%
Karen McCarthy 87%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 87%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 87%
Martin Olav Sabo 87%
David Skaggs 87%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 87%
Ed Towns 87%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 87%
George Brown, Jr. 86%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86%
Bob Filner 86%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 86%
Maurice Hinchey 86%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 86%
Major Owens 86%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
Sam Gejdenson 80%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 80%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 80%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
Paul Kanjorski 80%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 80%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 80%
Dennis Kucinich 80%
Nicholas Lampson 80%
William Luther 80%
Michael McNulty 80%
John Moakley 80%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 80%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 80%
Ted Strickland 80%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 79%
Gary Ackerman 79%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 79%
James Davis 79%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 79%
Patrick Kennedy 79%
Tom Lantos 79%
Jim Oberstar 79%
Esteban Edward Torres 79%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 77%
Howard Berman 75%
Marion Berry 73%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 73%
Julian Dixon 73%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 73%
Victor Fazio 73%
Lee Hamilton 73%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 73%
Robert Matsui 73%
Paul McHale 73%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 73%
Constance Morella 73%
James Ramstad 73%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 73%
Vic Snyder 73%
Bart Stupak 73%
Ellen Tauscher 73%
Albert Wynn 73%
Rod Blagojevich 71%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 71%
Jerry Costello 71%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 71%
Matthew Martinez 71%
Earl Pomeroy 71%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 71%
John Spratt, Jr. 71%
Robert Wexler 69%
Robert Borski, Jr. 67%
Thomas Campbell 67%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 67%
Robert Franks 67%
Tony Hall 67%
Dale Kildee 67%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 67%
James Maloney 67%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 67%
John Edward Porter 67%
Glenn Poshard 67%
Steve Rothman 67%
Marge Roukema 67%
Christopher Shays 67%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 67%
Karen Thurman 67%
Rick Boucher 64%
Peter Deutsch 64%
Chet Edwards 64%
Vern Ehlers 64%
John LaFalce 64%
Carrie Meek 64%
Ciro Rodriguez 64%
Bob Weygand 64%
William Jefferson 62%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
Mike Castle 60%
Calvin Dooley 60%
Mark Foley 60%
Jon David Fox 60%
Jonas Frost III 60%
Bart Gordon 60%
James Greenwood 60%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 60%
James Kolbe 60%
James Leach 60%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 60%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 60%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 60%
John Tanner 60%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 60%
Robert Clement 57%
Gary Condit 57%
Jane Harman 57%
Rick Lazio 57%
Owen Pickett 57%
Bob Wise, Jr. 57%
W.G. Hefner 55%
James Barcia 53%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 53%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 53%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 53%
Bob Etheridge 53%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 53%
Sue Kelly 53%
Scott Klug 53%
Ron Paul 53%
Timothy Roemer 53%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 53%

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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