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Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 71%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 42%
Gary Ackerman 64%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 46%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 50%
Wayne Allard 33%
Thomas Allen 57%
Rob Andrews 79%
Bill Archer 36%
Richard Armey 36%
John Ashcroft 42%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 50%
Brian Baird 57%
Richard Hugh Baker 31%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 71%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 50%
Cass Ballenger 36%
James Barcia 64%
Bob Barr, Jr. 57%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 64%
Bill Barrett 29%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 38%
Charlie Bass 36%
Herbert Bateman 36%
Max Baucus 42%
Evan Bayh 67%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 71%
Bob Bennett 33%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 71%
Douglas Bereuter 29%
Shelley Berkley 71%
Howard Berman 79%
Marion Berry 62%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 58%
Judy Biggert 29%
Brian Bilbray 58%
Michael Bilirakis 46%
Jeff Bingaman 42%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 64%
Rod Blagojevich 77%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 43%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 64%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 29%
Sherwood Boehlert 57%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 36%
Kit Bond 42%
Henry Bonilla 46%
David Edward Bonior 71%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
Robert Borski, Jr. 71%
Leonard Boswell 64%
Rick Boucher 54%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 64%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 29%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 57%
John Breaux 50%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 71%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 57%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 33%
Richard Bryan 67%
Ed Bryant 36%
Jim Bunning 42%
Conrad Burns 42%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 36%
Dan Burton 43%
Steve Buyer 29%
Robert Byrd 58%
Herbert Callahan 43%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 36%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 38%
Ben Campbell 33%
Thomas Campbell 43%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 43%
Chris Cannon 57%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 71%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 64%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 64%
Julia Carson 58%
Mike Castle 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 43%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 43%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 50%
William Clay, Sr. 58%
Eva Clayton 58%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 42%
Robert Clement 71%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 57%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 54%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 50%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 45%
Michael Collins 43%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 33%
Larry Combest 38%
Gary Condit 57%
Kent Conrad 42%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 57%
Merrill Cook 43%
John Cooksey 57%
Jerry Costello 71%
Paul Coverdell 42%
Christopher Cox 21%
William Coyne 64%
Larry Craig 33%
Robert Cramer 57%
Philip Crane 43%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 33%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 64%
Barbara Cubin 36%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 57%
Randall Cunningham 38%
Patsy Ann Danner 50%
Thomas Daschle 50%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 64%
James Davis 71%
Thomas Davis III 50%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 43%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 57%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 43%
Bill Delahunt 71%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 71%
Thomas DeLay 36%
James DeMint 36%
Peter Deutsch 62%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 75%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 50%
Jay Dickey 43%
Norm Dicks 71%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 50%
Julian Dixon 64%
Chris Dodd 50%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 43%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 36%
Calvin Dooley 71%
John Doolittle 43%
Byron Dorgan 42%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 79%
David Dreier 29%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 57%
Jennifer Dunn 21%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 33%
John Edwards 50%
Chet Edwards 69%
Vern Ehlers 29%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 29%
Jo Ann Emerson 43%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 64%
Philip English 43%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 57%
Bob Etheridge 71%
Lane Evans 64%
Terry Everett 43%
Thomas Ewing 38%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 71%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 50%
Russ Feingold 42%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
Bob Filner 50%
Peter Fitzgerald 42%
Ernest Fletcher 38%
Mark Foley 50%
Michael Patrick Forbes 79%
Harold Ford, Jr. 71%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 36%
Tillie Fowler 29%
Barney Frank 75%
Robert Franks 57%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 57%
William Frist 33%
Jonas Frost III 71%
Elton Gallegly 36%
John Ganske 50%
Sam Gejdenson 64%
George Gekas 21%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 79%
Jim Gibbons 50%
Wayne Gilchrest 64%
Paul Gillmor 29%
Benjamin Gilman 38%
Charlie Gonzalez 64%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 57%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 29%
William Goodling 29%
Bart Gordon 64%
Slade Gorton 33%
Porter Goss 29%
Daniel Graham 67%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 38%
William Phillip Gramm 50%
Rodney Grams 42%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 31%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 42%
Mark Green 36%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 71%
James Greenwood 71%
Judd Gregg 42%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 54%

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.

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