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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 14%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 10%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matthew Salmon Republican 5%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 10%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 86%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 76%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 74%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 24%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 14%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 14%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 50%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 88%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 10%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 86%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 19%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 10%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 62%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 14%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 14%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 76%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 71%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 81%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 86%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 19%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 43%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 67%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 74%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 19%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 86%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 62%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 45%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 24%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 33%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 62%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 25%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 62%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 14%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 70%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 10%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 81%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 72%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 5%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 14%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 40%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 76%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 10%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 19%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 24%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 81%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 81%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 5%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 81%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 24%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 95%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 5%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 95%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 62%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 76%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 19%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 19%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 71%
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%
Robert 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%
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%

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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