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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1997 Positions

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

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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