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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
William Jefferson 92%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 86%
Rob Andrews 79%
Howard Berman 79%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 79%
Michael Patrick Forbes 79%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 79%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 79%
Ronald Klink 79%
Martin Meehan 79%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 79%
Constance Morella 79%
Ciro Rodriguez 79%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 79%
Ellen Tauscher 79%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 79%
Rod Blagojevich 77%
Thomas Holden 77%
John Moakley 77%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 76%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 75%
Barney Frank 75%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 75%
Carrie Meek 75%
Tom Lantos 73%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 73%
Ed Towns 73%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 71%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 71%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 71%
Shelley Berkley 71%
David Edward Bonior 71%
Robert Borski, Jr. 71%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 71%
Robert Clement 71%
Jerry Costello 71%
James Davis 71%
Bill Delahunt 71%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 71%
Norm Dicks 71%
Calvin Dooley 71%
Bob Etheridge 71%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 71%
Harold Ford, Jr. 71%
Jonas Frost III 71%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 71%
James Greenwood 71%
Tony Hall 71%
Darlene Hooley 71%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 71%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 71%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 71%
Paul Kanjorski 71%
Dale Kildee 71%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 71%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 71%
James Maloney 71%
Robert Matsui 71%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 71%
Karen McCarthy 71%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 71%
Dennis Moore 71%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 71%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 71%
Earl Pomeroy 71%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 71%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 71%
Timothy Roemer 71%
Steve Rothman 71%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 71%
Bart Stupak 71%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 71%
Karen Thurman 71%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 71%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 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 Democratic 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 Democratic 67%
Charles Robb 67%
Gary Ackerman 64%
James Barcia 64%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 64%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 64%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 64%
Leonard Boswell 64%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 64%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 64%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 64%
William Coyne 64%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 64%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 64%
Julian Dixon 64%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 64%
Lane Evans 64%
Sam Gejdenson 64%
Wayne Gilchrest 64%
Charlie Gonzalez 64%
Bart Gordon 64%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 64%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 64%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 64%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 64%
John LaFalce 64%
Ken Lucas 64%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 64%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 64%
Matthew Martinez 64%
Frank Mascara 64%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 64%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 64%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 64%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 64%
Jack Murtha 64%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 64%
David Phelps 64%
John Edward Porter 64%
Jack Quinn 64%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 64%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 64%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 64%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 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 Democratic 62%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 62%
Michael McNulty 62%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 62%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 62%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 62%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 62%
J. Dennis Hastert 60%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 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 Republican 58%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 58%
Bob Kerrey 58%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 58%
Jon Kyl 58%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 58%
Frank Lautenberg 58%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 58%
Connie Mack 58%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 58%
David Minge 58%
Patrick Moynihan 58%
John Olver 58%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 58%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 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 Democratic 58%
Thomas Allen 57%
Brian Baird 57%
Bob Barr, Jr. 57%
Sherwood Boehlert 57%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 57%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 57%
Chris Cannon 57%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 57%
Gary Condit 57%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 57%
John Cooksey 57%
Robert Cramer 57%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 57%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 57%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 57%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 57%
Robert Franks 57%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 57%

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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