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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 80%
Thomas Allen 86%
Rob Andrews 67%
Bill Archer 14%
Richard Armey 5%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
Cass Ballenger 16%
James Barcia 48%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 19%
Roscoe Bartlett 5%
Charlie Bass 24%
Herbert Bateman 26%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 71%
Douglas Bereuter 24%
Howard Berman 80%
Marion Berry 62%
Brian Bilbray 33%
Michael Bilirakis 10%
Rod Blagojevich 75%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
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%
George Brown, Jr. 95%
Ed Bryant 5%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 24%
Herbert Callahan 16%
Thomas Campbell 43%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 14%
Chris Cannon 0%
Julia Carson 95%
Mike Castle 43%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 19%
William Clay, Sr. 94%
Eva Clayton 90%
Robert Clement 67%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 57%
Merrill Cook 10%
John Cooksey 5%
Jerry Costello 67%
Christopher Cox 5%
William Coyne 81%
Robert Cramer 50%
Philip Crane 0%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Randall Cunningham 7%
Patsy Ann Danner 38%
James Davis 71%
Thomas Davis III 38%
Bill Delahunt 90%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Peter Deutsch 57%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 24%
Jay Dickey 10%
Norm Dicks 76%
Julian Dixon 89%
Calvin Dooley 76%
John Doolittle 5%
David Dreier 14%
Jennifer Dunn 10%
Chet Edwards 76%
Vern Ehlers 38%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 25%
Jo Ann Emerson 5%
Philip English 33%
Bob Etheridge 62%
Lane Evans 81%
Terry Everett 5%
Thomas Ewing 14%
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%
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%
William Goodling 14%
Bart Gordon 57%
Porter Goss 14%
James Greenwood 45%
Gilbert Gutknecht 24%
Tony Hall 71%
James Hansen 0%
J. Dennis Hastert 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%
David Lee Hobson 19%
Pete Hoekstra 10%
Thomas Holden 52%
Darlene Hooley 76%
Stephen Horn 38%
John Nathan Hostettler 10%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 38%
Kenny Hulshof 19%
Duncan Hunter 5%
Asa Hutchinson 5%
Henry Hyde 15%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 81%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
Christopher John 47%
Nancy Johnson 43%
Paul Kanjorski 76%
Sue Kelly 38%
Patrick Kennedy 81%
Dale Kildee 71%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 89%
Gerald Kleczka 95%
Ronald Klink 57%
Joseph Knollenberg 14%
James Kolbe 29%
Dennis Kucinich 76%
John LaFalce 75%
Ray LaHood 38%
Nicholas Lampson 71%
Tom Lantos 76%
Stephen Largent 20%
Steve LaTourette 52%
Rick Lazio 38%
James Leach 52%
Jerry Lewis 30%
Ron Lewis 0%
John Linder 15%
William Lipinski 57%
Robert Livingston 14%
William Luther 81%
James Maloney 67%
Don Manzullo 5%
Matthew Martinez 72%
Frank Mascara 67%
Robert Matsui 71%
Karen McCarthy 74%
Bill McCollum 10%
James McCrery III 10%
John McHugh 41%
Scott McInnis 6%
David McIntosh 15%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Michael McNulty 67%
Martin Meehan 86%
Carrie Meek 80%
Jack Metcalf 24%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 94%
Dan Miller 19%
David Minge 86%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 90%
John Moakley 89%
Alan Mollohan 68%
Constance Morella 86%
Jack Murtha 63%
Sue Myrick 10%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 10%
Robert William Ney 14%
Anne Northup 19%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 5%
James Nussle 19%
Jim Oberstar 95%
Dave Obey 95%
John Olver 90%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 65%
Major Owens 100%
Michael Oxley 15%
Ronald Packard 14%
Ron Paul 43%
Donald Payne 100%
Edward Pease 14%
John Peterson 0%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 6%
Owen Pickett 67%
Richard Pombo 10%
Earl Pomeroy 67%
John Edward Porter 48%

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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