Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1997 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 14%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 93%
Wayne Allard 0%
John Ashcroft 0%
Max Baucus 64%
Bob Bennett 7%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 79%
Jeff Bingaman 86%
Kit Bond 14%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 100%
John Breaux 57%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 14%
Richard Bryan 71%
Dale Bumpers 100%
Conrad Burns 8%
Robert Byrd 79%
Ben Campbell 21%
John Chafee 7%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 71%
IN U.S. Senate-Sr Daniel Coats R 14%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 14%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 36%
Kent Conrad 86%
Paul Coverdell 7%
Larry Craig 7%
Alfonse D'Amato 36%
Thomas Daschle 92%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 29%
Chris Dodd 86%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 14%
Byron Dorgan 86%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 100%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 7%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 0%
Russ Feingold 93%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 79%
Wendell Ford 64%
William Frist 21%
John Glenn 86%
Slade Gorton 14%
Daniel Graham 57%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 7%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 14%
Judd Gregg 21%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 14%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 92%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 21%
Jesse Helms 7%
Ernest Hollings 57%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 7%
Kay Hutchison 7%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 0%
Daniel Inouye 77%
James Merrill Jeffords 71%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 86%
Dirk Kempthorne 7%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 93%
Bob Kerrey 93%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 93%
Herb Kohl 64%
Jon Kyl 7%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 93%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 79%
Joe Lieberman 71%
Trent Lott, Sr. 14%
Dick Lugar 36%
Connie Mack 8%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 21%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 14%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 83%
Carol Moseley Braun 93%
Patrick Moynihan 71%
Frank Murkowski 14%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 86%
Don Nickles 0%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 93%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 79%
Charles Robb 57%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 21%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 85%
William Roth, Jr. 29%
Rick Santorum 14%
Paul Sarbanes 93%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 7%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 7%
Gordon Smith 29%
Bob Smith 0%
Olympia Snowe 36%
Arlen Specter 64%
Ted Stevens 21%
Craig Thomas 7%
Fred Thompson 21%
Strom Thurmond 7%
Robert Torricelli 86%
John Warner 21%
Paul Wellstone 100%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 86%

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