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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 67%
Gary Ackerman 79%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 92%
Todd Akin 0%
Wayne Allard 15%
George Allen 23%
Thomas Allen 77%
Rob Andrews 50%
Richard Armey 7%
Joe Baca, Sr. 50%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 21%
Brian Baird 71%
Richard Hugh Baker 14%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 71%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 85%
Cass Ballenger 14%
James Barcia 36%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 79%
Roscoe Bartlett 7%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 21%
Max Baucus 54%
Evan Bayh 77%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 83%
Bob Bennett 8%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 50%
Douglas Bereuter 36%
Shelley Berkley 71%
Howard Berman 79%
Marion Berry 36%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 92%
Judy Biggert 36%
Michael Bilirakis 7%
Jeff Bingaman 83%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
Rod Blagojevich 71%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 92%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 23%
Sherwood Boehlert 43%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 14%
Kit Bond 15%
Henry Bonilla 14%
David Edward Bonior 86%
Mary Bono Mack 21%
Robert Borski, Jr. 64%
Leonard Boswell 57%
Rick Boucher 77%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 92%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 46%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 21%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 71%
John Breaux 31%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 79%
Henry Brown, Jr. 21%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 79%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 8%
Ed Bryant 14%
Jim Bunning 8%
Conrad Burns 15%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 14%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 14%
Robert Byrd 77%
Herbert Callahan 14%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 14%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 14%
Ben Campbell 15%
Chris Cannon 7%
Eric Cantor 14%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 14%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 79%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 79%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 64%
Jean Carnahan 50%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 85%
Brad Carson 43%
Julia Carson 79%
Mike Castle 43%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 14%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 62%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 14%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 79%
Eva Clayton 86%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 62%
Robert Clement 57%
Hillary Clinton 77%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 8%
Michael Collins 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 38%
Larry Combest 14%
Gary Condit 43%
Kent Conrad 77%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
John Cooksey 14%
Jon Corzine 92%
Jerry Costello 36%
Christopher Cox 7%
William Coyne 93%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 29%
Philip Crane 7%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 15%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 14%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 71%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 7%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 79%
Randall Cunningham 14%
Thomas Daschle 92%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 93%
James Davis 64%
Jo Ann Davis 7%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 43%
Thomas Davis III 36%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 7%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 71%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
Bill Delahunt 92%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 79%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 8%
Peter Deutsch 71%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 23%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 8%
Norm Dicks 71%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 57%
Chris Dodd 85%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 71%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 9%
Calvin Dooley 43%
John Doolittle 7%
Byron Dorgan 77%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 57%
David Dreier 14%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 7%
Jennifer Dunn 21%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
John Edwards 85%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 29%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 14%
Jo Ann Emerson 42%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 83%
Philip English 29%
John Ensign 23%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 79%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 71%
Terry Everett 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 93%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
Michael Ferguson 29%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 8%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 29%
Ernest Fletcher 14%
Mark Foley 14%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
Harold Ford, Jr. 71%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 14%
Barney Frank 85%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 21%
William Frist 8%
Jonas Frost III 57%
Elton Gallegly 14%
John Ganske 38%
George Gekas 21%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 71%
Jim Gibbons 14%
Wayne Gilchrest 43%
Paul Gillmor 15%
Benjamin Gilman 21%
Charlie Gonzalez 79%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 21%
Bart Gordon 50%
Porter Goss 21%
Daniel Graham 85%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 7%
William Phillip Gramm 15%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 14%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 8%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 29%
Mark Green 21%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 43%
James Greenwood 29%
Judd Gregg 8%
Felix Grucci, Jr. 21%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 79%
Gilbert Gutknecht 21%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 23%

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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