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Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gilbert Gutknecht 43%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 58%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 54%
Tony Hall 71%
James Hansen 38%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 58%
J. Dennis Hastert 60%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 64%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 43%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 50%
Robert Hayes 57%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 36%
Joel Hefley 50%
Jesse Helms 42%
Wally Herger, Jr. 36%
Baron Hill 57%
Rick Hill 43%
Van Hilleary 38%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 62%
Maurice Hinchey 67%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 79%
David Lee Hobson 21%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 64%
Pete Hoekstra 38%
Thomas Holden 77%
Ernest Hollings 45%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 57%
Darlene Hooley 71%
Stephen Horn 36%
John Nathan Hostettler 43%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 50%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 71%
Kenny Hulshof 38%
Duncan Hunter 57%
Asa Hutchinson 29%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 33%
Kay Hutchison 33%
Henry Hyde 46%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 33%
Daniel Inouye 50%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 71%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 29%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 43%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 14%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 71%
William Jefferson 92%
James Merrill Jeffords 33%
William Lewis Jenkins 50%
Christopher John 50%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 64%
Nancy Johnson 46%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 43%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 42%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 57%
Paul Kanjorski 71%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 62%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 25%
Sue Kelly 43%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 64%
Patrick Kennedy 69%
Bob Kerrey 58%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 58%
Dale Kildee 71%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 57%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 57%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 50%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 50%
Gerald Kleczka 57%
Ronald Klink 79%
Joseph Knollenberg 29%
Herb Kohl 67%
James Kolbe 36%
Dennis Kucinich 50%
Steven Kuykendall 36%
Jon Kyl 58%
John LaFalce 64%
Ray LaHood 43%
Nicholas Lampson 57%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 58%
Tom Lantos 73%
Stephen Largent 38%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 71%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 36%
Steve LaTourette 43%
Frank Lautenberg 58%
Rick Lazio 43%
James Leach 50%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 50%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 58%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 71%
Jerry Lewis 23%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 62%
Ron Lewis 43%
Joe Lieberman 67%
Blanche Lincoln 67%
John Linder 43%
William Lipinski 50%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 43%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 75%
Trent Lott, Sr. 50%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 57%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 43%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 64%
Dick Lugar 67%
William Luther 67%
Connie Mack 58%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 64%
James Maloney 71%
Don Manzullo 43%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 64%
Matthew Martinez 64%
Frank Mascara 64%
Robert Matsui 71%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 73%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 71%
Karen McCarthy 71%
Bill McCollum 43%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 58%
James McCrery III 29%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 56%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 64%
John McHugh 38%
Scott McInnis 50%
David McIntosh 38%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 29%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 57%
Michael McNulty 62%
Martin Meehan 79%
Carrie Meek 75%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 64%
Jack Metcalf 50%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 36%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 50%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 64%
Dan Miller 38%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 36%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 57%
David Minge 58%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 64%
John Moakley 77%
Alan Mollohan 55%
Dennis Moore 71%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 79%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 54%
Constance Morella 79%
Patrick Moynihan 58%
Frank Murkowski 42%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 50%
Jack Murtha 64%
Sue Myrick 50%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 54%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 71%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 36%
Robert William Ney 50%
Don Nickles 33%
Anne Northup 23%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 54%
James Nussle 43%
Jim Oberstar 43%
Dave Obey 50%
John Olver 58%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 62%
Doug Ose 36%
Major Owens 69%
Michael Oxley 36%
Ronald Packard 43%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 64%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 76%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 71%
Ron Paul 36%
Donald Payne 50%
Edward Pease 36%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 57%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
John Peterson 38%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 36%
David Phelps 64%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 31%
Owen Pickett 46%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 29%
Richard Pombo 43%
Earl Pomeroy 71%
John Edward Porter 64%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 31%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 71%
Deborah Pryce 42%
Jack Quinn 64%
George Radanovich 38%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 71%
James Ramstad 43%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 62%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 58%
Ralph Regula 36%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 67%
Silvestre Reyes 69%
Thomas Reynolds 36%

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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