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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 30%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 7%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 13%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 27%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 29%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 27%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 71%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 14%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 27%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 21%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 13%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 7%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 53%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 87%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 7%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 79%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 27%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 20%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 53%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 20%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 27%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 73%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 60%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 86%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 87%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 87%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 53%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 73%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 71%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 7%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 20%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 67%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 7%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 60%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 20%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 33%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 47%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 40%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 27%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 93%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 40%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 33%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 7%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 53%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 40%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 80%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 21%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 13%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 47%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 20%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 13%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 27%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 67%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 13%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 47%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 27%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 87%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 73%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 27%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 13%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 60%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 80%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 47%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 67%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 93%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 71%
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%
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%

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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