Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1998 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 7%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 71%
Wayne Allard 13%
John Ashcroft 13%
Max Baucus 86%
Bob Bennett 20%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 80%
Jeff Bingaman 83%
Kit Bond 13%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 80%
John Breaux 67%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 7%
Richard Bryan 80%
Conrad Burns 13%
Robert Byrd 87%
Ben Campbell 27%
John Chafee 40%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 80%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 13%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 33%
Kent Conrad 93%
Paul Coverdell 0%
Larry Craig 20%
Thomas Daschle 80%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 7%
Chris Dodd 80%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 8%
Byron Dorgan 93%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 80%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 13%
Russ Feingold 87%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 87%
William Frist 0%
Slade Gorton 13%
Daniel Graham 67%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 7%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 13%
Judd Gregg 7%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 13%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 100%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 13%
Jesse Helms 8%
Ernest Hollings 60%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 15%
Kay Hutchison 21%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 13%
Daniel Inouye 62%
James Merrill Jeffords 67%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 80%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 80%
Bob Kerrey 80%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 80%
Herb Kohl 80%
Jon Kyl 0%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 73%
Frank Lautenberg 73%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 93%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 73%
Joe Lieberman 60%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Dick Lugar 7%
Connie Mack 0%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 13%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 0%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 79%
Patrick Moynihan 93%
Frank Murkowski 0%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 87%
Don Nickles 13%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 87%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 87%
Charles Robb 80%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 13%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 86%
William Roth, Jr. 21%
Rick Santorum 7%
Paul Sarbanes 80%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 7%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 7%
Gordon Smith 7%
Bob Smith 13%
Olympia Snowe 40%
Arlen Specter 71%
Ted Stevens 27%
Craig Thomas 13%
Fred Thompson 7%
Strom Thurmond 7%
Robert Torricelli 80%
John Warner 33%
Paul Wellstone 100%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 100%

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