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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
Major Owens 100%
Donald Payne 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Bruce Vento 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
George Brown, Jr. 95%
Julia Carson 95%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
Bob Filner 95%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 95%
Gerald Kleczka 95%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 95%
Jim Oberstar 95%
Dave Obey 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 95%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 95%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
William Clay, Sr. 94%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 94%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
David Edward Bonior 90%
Eva Clayton 90%
Bill Delahunt 90%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
Barney Frank 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
Maurice Hinchey 90%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 90%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 90%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
John Olver 90%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
Martin Olav Sabo 90%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 90%
Mel Watt 90%
Lynn Woolsey 90%
Julian Dixon 89%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 89%
John Moakley 89%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 88%
Ed Towns 87%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 86%
Thomas Allen 86%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 86%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 86%
Martin Meehan 86%
David Minge 86%
Constance Morella 86%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 86%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 86%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 86%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 85%
Albert Wynn 85%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 83%
William Coyne 81%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 81%
Lane Evans 81%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 81%
William Jefferson 81%
Patrick Kennedy 81%
William Luther 81%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 81%
Ciro Rodriguez 81%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 81%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 81%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 81%
Bob Weygand 81%
Gary Ackerman 80%
Howard Berman 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
Carrie Meek 80%
Harold Ford, Jr. 79%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 79%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 76%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 76%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 76%
Norm Dicks 76%
Calvin Dooley 76%
Chet Edwards 76%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 76%
Darlene Hooley 76%
Paul Kanjorski 76%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 76%
Dennis Kucinich 76%
Tom Lantos 76%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 76%
Rod Blagojevich 75%
Sam Gejdenson 75%
John LaFalce 75%
Vic Snyder 75%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 74%
Jonas Frost III 74%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 74%
Karen McCarthy 74%
Bart Stupak 74%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 72%
Matthew Martinez 72%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 71%
Robert Borski, Jr. 71%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 71%
James Davis 71%
Tony Hall 71%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 71%
Dale Kildee 71%
Nicholas Lampson 71%
Robert Matsui 71%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 71%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 71%
Bob Wise, Jr. 71%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 70%
Silvestre Reyes 70%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 70%
Alan Mollohan 68%
Rob Andrews 67%
Rick Boucher 67%
Robert Clement 67%
Jerry Costello 67%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 67%
James Maloney 67%
Frank Mascara 67%
Michael McNulty 67%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 67%
Owen Pickett 67%
Earl Pomeroy 67%
Steve Rothman 67%
Norman Sisisky 67%
Ike Skelton 67%
Ted Strickland 67%
Karen Thurman 67%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 65%
John Spratt, Jr. 65%
Jack Murtha 63%
Marion Berry 62%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 62%
Bob Etheridge 62%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 62%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 62%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 62%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 62%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 62%
Robert Wexler 62%
Gary Condit 57%
Peter Deutsch 57%
Bart Gordon 57%
Ronald Klink 57%
William Lipinski 57%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
Christopher Shays 57%
Charles Stenholm 57%
Ellen Tauscher 55%
Thomas Holden 52%
Steve LaTourette 52%
James Leach 52%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 52%
James Turner 52%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 50%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
Robert Cramer 50%
James Barcia 48%
Leonard Boswell 48%
John Edward Porter 48%
James Ramstad 48%
Timothy Roemer 48%
Christopher John 47%
John Tanner 47%
Deborah Pryce 46%
Benjamin Gilman 45%
James Greenwood 45%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 45%
Thomas Campbell 43%
Mike Castle 43%
Michael Patrick Forbes 43%
Robert Franks 43%
Wayne Gilchrest 43%
Nancy Johnson 43%

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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