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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 33%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 50%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 42%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 46%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 73%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 64%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 54%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 36%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 36%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 36%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 43%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 50%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 71%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 71%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 36%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 64%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 50%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 43%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 29%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 64%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 62%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 43%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 42%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 33%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 36%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 33%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 64%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 54%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 64%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 57%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 43%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 57%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 33%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 54%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 33%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 58%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 36%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 31%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 29%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 64%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 71%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 64%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 64%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 64%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 71%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 57%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 33%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 71%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 86%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 36%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 71%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 57%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 29%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 45%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 36%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 71%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 58%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 58%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 36%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 57%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 64%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 43%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 33%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 64%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 76%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 57%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 71%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 67%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 50%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 57%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 57%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 64%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 62%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 64%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 57%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 64%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 57%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 62%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 57%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 31%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 43%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 36%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 62%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 25%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 64%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 75%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 33%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 43%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 58%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 29%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 64%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 57%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 21%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 57%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 79%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 29%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 64%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 58%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 38%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 57%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 57%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 29%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 57%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 43%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 29%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 31%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 36%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 79%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 71%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 36%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 71%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 64%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 43%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 43%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 50%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 64%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 29%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 57%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 50%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 56%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 57%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 71%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 50%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 36%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 57%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 43%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 64%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 33%
Neil Abercrombie 71%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 42%
Gary Ackerman 64%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 50%
Wayne Allard 33%
Thomas Allen 57%
Rob Andrews 79%
Bill Archer 36%
Richard Armey 36%
John Ashcroft 42%
Spencer Bachus 50%
Brian Baird 57%
Richard Hugh Baker 31%
Cass Ballenger 36%
James Barcia 64%
Bob Barr, Jr. 57%
Bill Barrett 29%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
Charlie Bass 36%
Herbert Bateman 36%
Max Baucus 42%
Evan Bayh 67%
Bob Bennett 33%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 71%
Douglas Bereuter 29%
Shelley Berkley 71%
Howard Berman 79%
Marion Berry 62%
Judy Biggert 29%
Brian Bilbray 58%
Michael Bilirakis 46%
Jeff Bingaman 42%
Rod Blagojevich 77%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 43%
Sherwood Boehlert 57%
Kit Bond 42%
Henry Bonilla 46%
David Edward Bonior 71%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
Robert Borski, Jr. 71%
Leonard Boswell 64%
Rick Boucher 54%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 64%
John Breaux 50%
Richard Bryan 67%
Ed Bryant 36%
Jim Bunning 42%
Conrad Burns 42%
Dan Burton 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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