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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 86%
Gary Ackerman 80%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
Thomas Allen 86%
Rob Andrews 67%
Bill Archer 14%
Richard Armey 5%
Spencer Bachus 10%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 86%
Cass Ballenger 16%
James Barcia 48%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
Bill Barrett 19%
Roscoe Bartlett 5%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 5%
Charlie Bass 24%
Herbert Bateman 26%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 71%
Douglas Bereuter 24%
Howard Berman 80%
Marion Berry 62%
Brian Bilbray 33%
Michael Bilirakis 10%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 50%
Rod Blagojevich 75%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 5%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 14%
Henry Bonilla 14%
David Edward Bonior 90%
Mary Bono Mack 5%
Robert Borski, Jr. 71%
Leonard Boswell 48%
Rick Boucher 67%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 62%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
George Brown, Jr. 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 86%
Ed Bryant 5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 24%
Herbert Callahan 16%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 10%
Dave Camp 19%
Thomas Campbell 43%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 14%
Chris Cannon 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 71%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 76%
Julia Carson 95%
Mike Castle 43%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 10%
Saxby Chambliss 10%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 19%
William Clay, Sr. 94%
Eva Clayton 90%
Robert Clement 67%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 76%
Howard Coble 10%
Thomas Coburn 0%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 57%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
Merrill Cook 10%
John Cooksey 5%
Jerry Costello 67%
Christopher Cox 5%
William Coyne 81%
Robert Cramer 50%
Philip Crane 0%
Barbara Cubin 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 81%
Randall Cunningham 7%
Patsy Ann Danner 38%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
James Davis 71%
Thomas Davis III 38%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 10%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 86%
Bill Delahunt 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 76%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Peter Deutsch 57%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 24%
Jay Dickey 10%
Norm Dicks 76%
John Dingell 74%
Julian Dixon 89%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Calvin Dooley 76%
John Doolittle 5%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 72%
David Dreier 14%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 19%
Jennifer Dunn 10%
Chet Edwards 76%
Vern Ehlers 38%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 25%
Jo Ann Emerson 5%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 74%
Philip English 33%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 76%
Bob Etheridge 62%
Lane Evans 81%
Terry Everett 5%
Thomas Ewing 14%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
Bob Filner 95%
Mark Foley 14%
Michael Patrick Forbes 43%
Harold Ford, Jr. 79%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 5%
Tillie Fowler 16%
Barney Frank 90%
Robert Franks 43%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33%
Jonas Frost III 74%
Elton Gallegly 10%
John Ganske 33%
Sam Gejdenson 75%
George Gekas 19%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 79%
Jim Gibbons 10%
Wayne Gilchrest 43%
Paul Gillmor 19%
Benjamin Gilman 45%
Newt Gingrich 0%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 20%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 5%
William Goodling 14%
Bart Gordon 57%
Porter Goss 14%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 81%
James Greenwood 45%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 90%
Gilbert Gutknecht 24%
Ralph Hall 24%
Tony Hall 71%
James Hansen 0%
J. Dennis Hastert 5%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 74%
Doc Hastings 5%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 14%
Joel Hefley 10%
Wally Herger, Jr. 5%
Rick Hill 25%
Van Hilleary 0%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 95%
Maurice Hinchey 90%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 84%
David Lee Hobson 19%
Pete Hoekstra 10%
Thomas Holden 52%
Darlene Hooley 76%
Stephen Horn 38%
John Nathan Hostettler 10%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 38%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 71%
Kenny Hulshof 19%
Duncan Hunter 5%
Asa Hutchinson 5%
Henry Hyde 15%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 90%
William Jefferson 81%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
Christopher John 47%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
Nancy Johnson 43%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 0%
Paul Kanjorski 76%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 70%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 10%
Sue Kelly 38%
Patrick Kennedy 81%
Dale Kildee 71%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 89%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 25%
Jack Kingston 14%
Gerald Kleczka 95%
Ronald Klink 57%
Joseph Knollenberg 14%
James Kolbe 29%
Dennis Kucinich 76%

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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