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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 55%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 0%
Gary Ackerman 70%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 9%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 64%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 82%
Rob Andrews 45%
Bill Archer 27%
Richard Armey 9%
John Ashcroft 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 30%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 36%
Brian Baird 73%
Richard Hugh Baker 9%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 64%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 91%
Cass Ballenger 9%
James Barcia 45%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 91%
Bill Barrett 18%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 14%
Charlie Bass 18%
Herbert Bateman 18%
Max Baucus 64%
Evan Bayh 73%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
Bob Bennett 9%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 82%
Douglas Bereuter 27%
Shelley Berkley 36%
Howard Berman 70%
Marion Berry 55%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 82%
Judy Biggert 27%
Brian Bilbray 27%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 73%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 45%
Rod Blagojevich 54%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 18%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 9%
Sherwood Boehlert 45%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 20%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 9%
David Edward Bonior 82%
Mary Bono Mack 27%
Robert Borski, Jr. 55%
Leonard Boswell 36%
Rick Boucher 55%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 27%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 27%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 60%
John Breaux 36%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 45%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 91%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Richard Bryan 82%
Ed Bryant 27%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 18%
Robert Byrd 73%
Herbert Callahan 18%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 18%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 45%
Ben Campbell 0%
Thomas Campbell 67%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 18%
Chris Cannon 10%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 73%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 91%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 73%
Julia Carson 91%
Mike Castle 45%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 36%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 73%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 20%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
William Clay, Sr. 57%
Eva Clayton 45%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 55%
Robert Clement 55%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 18%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 27%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
Michael Collins 9%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 27%
Larry Combest 27%
Gary Condit 27%
Kent Conrad 64%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
Merrill Cook 10%
John Cooksey 10%
Jerry Costello 54%
Christopher Cox 18%
William Coyne 82%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 36%
Philip Crane 20%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 64%
Barbara Cubin 27%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 44%
Randall Cunningham 20%
Patsy Ann Danner 27%
Thomas Daschle 67%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 91%
James Davis 55%
Thomas Davis III 18%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 18%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 91%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 80%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 55%
Thomas DeLay 9%
James DeMint 18%
Peter Deutsch 36%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 18%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 0%
Jay Dickey 27%
Norm Dicks 64%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 64%
Julian Dixon 63%
Chris Dodd 70%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 55%
John Doolittle 9%
Byron Dorgan 82%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 55%
David Dreier 18%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 64%
Jennifer Dunn 27%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 73%
John Edwards 73%
Chet Edwards 64%
Vern Ehlers 82%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 18%
Jo Ann Emerson 18%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 73%
Philip English 36%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 91%
Bob Etheridge 55%
Lane Evans 73%
Terry Everett 20%
Thomas Ewing 18%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 64%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 80%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 55%
Bob Filner 90%
Peter Fitzgerald 18%
Ernest Fletcher 36%
Mark Foley 27%
Michael Patrick Forbes 22%
Harold Ford, Jr. 56%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 30%
Tillie Fowler 9%
Barney Frank 73%
Robert Franks 10%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 9%
William Frist 0%
Jonas Frost III 64%
Elton Gallegly 27%
John Ganske 54%
Sam Gejdenson 55%
George Gekas 9%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 73%
Jim Gibbons 18%
Wayne Gilchrest 36%
Paul Gillmor 20%
Benjamin Gilman 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 55%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 18%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 18%
William Goodling 18%
Bart Gordon 55%
Slade Gorton 0%
Porter Goss 9%
Daniel Graham 64%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
William Phillip Gramm 9%
Rodney Grams 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 20%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 18%
Mark Green 27%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 64%
James Greenwood 27%
Judd Gregg 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 64%

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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