Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1999 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
William Jefferson 92%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 86%
Rob Andrews 79%
Howard Berman 79%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 79%
Michael Patrick Forbes 79%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 79%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 79%
Ronald Klink 79%
Martin Meehan 79%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 79%
Constance Morella 79%
Ciro Rodriguez 79%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 79%
Ellen Tauscher 79%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 79%
Rod Blagojevich 77%
Thomas Holden 77%
John Moakley 77%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 76%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 75%
Barney Frank 75%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 75%
Carrie Meek 75%
Tom Lantos 73%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 73%
Ed Towns 73%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 71%
ME Councilor-At-Large John Baldacci D 71%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 71%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 71%
Shelley Berkley 71%
David Edward Bonior 71%
Robert Borski, Jr. 71%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 71%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 71%
Robert Clement 71%
Jerry Costello 71%
James Davis 71%
Bill Delahunt 71%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 71%
Norm Dicks 71%
Calvin Dooley 71%
Bob Etheridge 71%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 71%
Harold Ford, Jr. 71%
Jonas Frost III 71%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 71%
James Greenwood 71%
Tony Hall 71%
Darlene Hooley 71%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 71%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 71%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 71%
Paul Kanjorski 71%
Dale Kildee 71%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 71%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 71%
James Maloney 71%
Robert Matsui 71%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 71%
Karen McCarthy 71%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 71%
Dennis Moore 71%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 71%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 71%
Earl Pomeroy 71%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 71%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 71%
Timothy Roemer 71%
Steve Rothman 71%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 71%
Bart Stupak 71%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 71%
Karen Thurman 71%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 71%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 71%
Robert Wexler 71%
Bob Weygand 71%
Chet Edwards 69%
Patrick Kennedy 69%
Major Owens 69%
Silvestre Reyes 69%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 69%
Albert Wynn 69%
Evan Bayh 67%
Richard Bryan 67%
Daniel Graham 67%
Maurice Hinchey 67%
Herb Kohl 67%
Joe Lieberman 67%
Blanche Lincoln 67%
Dick Lugar 67%
William Luther 67%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 67%
Charles Robb 67%
Gary Ackerman 64%
James Barcia 64%
WI Mayor-At-Large Tom Barrett D 64%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 64%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 64%
Leonard Boswell 64%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 64%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 64%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 64%
William Coyne 64%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 64%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 64%
Julian Dixon 64%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 64%
Lane Evans 64%
Sam Gejdenson 64%
Wayne Gilchrest 64%
Charlie Gonzalez 64%
Bart Gordon 64%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 64%
PA Commissioner-At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 64%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 64%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 64%
John LaFalce 64%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas D 64%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 64%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 64%
Matthew Martinez 64%
Frank Mascara 64%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 64%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 64%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 64%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 64%
Jack Murtha 64%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 64%
David Phelps 64%
John Edward Porter 64%
Jack Quinn 64%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 64%
AZ U.S. House-5 Matt Salmon R 64%
OH State Senate-28 Thomas Sawyer D 64%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 64%
Vic Snyder 64%
John Spratt, Jr. 64%
John Tanner 64%
James Traficant, Jr. 64%
Anthony Weiner 64%
Marion Berry 62%
Peter Deutsch 62%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 62%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 62%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 62%
Michael McNulty 62%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 62%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 62%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 62%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 62%
J. Dennis Hastert 60%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 58%
Brian Bilbray 58%
Robert Byrd 58%
Julia Carson 58%
William Clay, Sr. 58%
Eva Clayton 58%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 58%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 58%
Bob Kerrey 58%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 58%
Jon Kyl 58%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 58%
Frank Lautenberg 58%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 58%
Connie Mack 58%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 58%
David Minge 58%
Patrick Moynihan 58%
John Olver 58%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 58%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 58%
William Roth, Jr. 58%
Paul Sarbanes 58%
Ike Skelton 58%
Gordon Smith 58%
Pete Stark 58%
John Warner 58%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 58%
Thomas Allen 57%
Brian Baird 57%
Bob Barr, Jr. 57%
Sherwood Boehlert 57%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 57%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 57%
Chris Cannon 57%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 57%
Gary Condit 57%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 57%
John Cooksey 57%
Robert Cramer 57%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 57%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 57%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 57%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 57%
Robert Franks 57%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 57%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 57%
Robert Hayes 57%
Baron Hill 57%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 57%
Duncan Hunter 57%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 57%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 57%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 57%
Gerald Kleczka 57%
Nicholas Lampson 57%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 57%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 57%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 57%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 57%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 57%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 57%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 57%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 57%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 57%
SC U.S. House-1 Mark Sanford, Jr. R 57%
Joe Scarborough 57%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 57%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 57%
Ronnie Shows 57%
Norman Sisisky 57%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 57%
Ted Strickland 57%
Tom Tancredo 57%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 57%
James Turner 57%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 57%
Bruce Vento 57%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 57%
Zach Wamp 57%
Mel Watt 57%
Bob Wise, Jr. 57%
David Wu 57%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 56%
Alan Mollohan 55%
Rick Boucher 54%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 54%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 54%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 54%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 54%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 54%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 54%
Martin Olav Sabo 54%
Christopher Shays 54%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 54%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 50%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 50%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 50%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 50%
John Breaux 50%
Mike Castle 50%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 50%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 50%
Patsy Ann Danner 50%
Thomas Daschle 50%
Thomas Davis III 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 50%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 50%
Chris Dodd 50%
John Edwards 50%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 50%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 50%
Bob Filner 50%
Mark Foley 50%
John Ganske 50%
Jim Gibbons 50%
William Phillip Gramm 50%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 50%
Joel Hefley 50%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 50%
Daniel Inouye 50%
William Lewis Jenkins 50%
Christopher John 50%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 50%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 50%
Dennis Kucinich 50%
James Leach 50%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 50%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 50%
William Lipinski 50%
Trent Lott, Sr. 50%
Scott McInnis 50%
Jack Metcalf 50%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 50%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 50%
Sue Myrick 50%
Robert William Ney 50%
Dave Obey 50%
Donald Payne 50%
Bob Riley 50%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 50%
Rick Santorum 50%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 50%
John Shadegg 50%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 50%
Charles Stenholm 50%
John Sweeney 50%
Charles Taylor 50%
Gene Taylor 50%
Fred Thompson 50%
Robert Torricelli 50%
George Voinovich 50%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 50%
Lynn Woolsey 50%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 46%
Michael Bilirakis 46%
Henry Bonilla 46%
Henry Hyde 46%
Nancy Johnson 46%
Owen Pickett 46%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 46%
James Walsh 46%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 45%
Ernest Hollings 45%
E.G. Shuster 45%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 43%
Dan Burton 43%
Herbert Callahan 43%
Thomas Campbell 43%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 43%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 43%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 43%
Michael Collins 43%
Merrill Cook 43%
Philip Crane 43%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 43%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 43%
Jay Dickey 43%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 43%
John Doolittle 43%
Jo Ann Emerson 43%
Philip English 43%
Terry Everett 43%
Gilbert Gutknecht 43%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 43%
Rick Hill 43%
John Nathan Hostettler 43%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 43%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 43%
Sue Kelly 43%
Ray LaHood 43%
Steve LaTourette 43%
Rick Lazio 43%
Ron Lewis 43%
John Linder 43%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 43%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 43%
Don Manzullo 43%
Bill McCollum 43%
James Nussle 43%
Jim Oberstar 43%
Ronald Packard 43%
Richard Pombo 43%
James Ramstad 43%
James Rogan 43%
Marge Roukema 43%
Jim Ryun 43%
Jim Saxton 43%
Robert Schaffer 43%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 43%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 43%
Donald Sherwood 43%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 43%
Mark Souder 43%
Floyd Spence 43%
Bob Stump 43%
James Talent 43%
Todd Tiahrt 43%
David Weldon 43%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 42%
John Ashcroft 42%
Max Baucus 42%
Jeff Bingaman 42%
Kit Bond 42%
Jim Bunning 42%
Conrad Burns 42%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 42%
Kent Conrad 42%
Paul Coverdell 42%
Byron Dorgan 42%
Russ Feingold 42%
Peter Fitzgerald 42%
Rodney Grams 42%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 42%
Judd Gregg 42%
Jesse Helms 42%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 42%
Frank Murkowski 42%
Deborah Pryce 42%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 42%
Bob Smith 42%
Olympia Snowe 42%
Arlen Specter 42%
Ted Stevens 42%
Strom Thurmond 42%
Paul Wellstone 42%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 38%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 38%
Larry Combest 38%
Randall Cunningham 38%
Thomas Ewing 38%
Ernest Fletcher 38%
Benjamin Gilman 38%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 38%
James Hansen 38%
Van Hilleary 38%
Pete Hoekstra 38%
Kenny Hulshof 38%
Stephen Largent 38%
John McHugh 38%
David McIntosh 38%
Dan Miller 38%
John Peterson 38%
George Radanovich 38%
Gerald Weller 38%
Bill Archer 36%
Richard Armey 36%
Cass Ballenger 36%
Charlie Bass 36%
Herbert Bateman 36%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 36%
Ed Bryant 36%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 36%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 36%
Barbara Cubin 36%
Thomas DeLay 36%
James DeMint 36%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 36%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 36%
Elton Gallegly 36%
Mark Green 36%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 36%
Wally Herger, Jr. 36%
Stephen Horn 36%
James Kolbe 36%
Steven Kuykendall 36%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 36%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 36%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 36%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 36%
Doug Ose 36%
Michael Oxley 36%
Ron Paul 36%
Edward Pease 36%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 36%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 36%
Ralph Regula 36%
Thomas Reynolds 36%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 36%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 36%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 36%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 36%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 36%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 36%
Nick Smith 36%
Cliff Stearns 36%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 36%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 36%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 36%
Wesley Watkins 36%
W. Curtis Weldon 36%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 36%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 36%
Bill Young 36%
Wayne Allard 33%
Bob Bennett 33%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 33%
Ben Campbell 33%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 33%
Larry Craig 33%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 33%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 33%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 33%
William Frist 33%
Slade Gorton 33%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 33%
Kay Hutchison 33%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 33%
James Merrill Jeffords 33%
Don Nickles 33%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 33%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 33%
Craig Thomas 33%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 33%
Richard Hugh Baker 31%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 31%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 31%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 31%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 31%
William Tauzin 31%
Bill Barrett 29%
Douglas Bereuter 29%
Judy Biggert 29%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 29%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 29%
Steve Buyer 29%
David Dreier 29%
Vern Ehlers 29%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 29%
Tillie Fowler 29%
Paul Gillmor 29%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 29%
William Goodling 29%
Porter Goss 29%
Asa Hutchinson 29%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 29%
Joseph Knollenberg 29%
James McCrery III 29%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 29%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 29%
Joseph Skeen 29%
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 29%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 29%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 29%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 29%
Heather Wilson 29%
OH Governor John Kasich R 25%
John Sununu 25%
Jerry Lewis 23%
Anne Northup 23%
Christopher Cox 21%
Jennifer Dunn 21%
George Gekas 21%
David Lee Hobson 21%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 21%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 14%
William Thomas 10%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 0%

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