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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1998 Positions

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

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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