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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

1998 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican A
WV State House 5 David Pethtel Democratic A
WV State House 8 Bill Anderson, Jr. Republican A
WV State House 10 Tom Azinger Republican A
WV State House 21 Harry White Democratic A
WV State House 32 John Pino Democratic A
WV State House 34 Brent Boggs Democratic A
WV State House 36 Mark Hunt Democratic A
WV State House 40 Tim Armstead Republican A
WV State House 50 Mike Caputo Democratic A
WV State House 51 Barbara Fleischauer Democratic D
WV State House 52 Larry Williams Democratic A
WV State House 54 Allen Evans Republican A
WV State House 62 John Overington Republican A
WV State Senate 2 Larry Edgell Democratic C
WV State Senate 2 Jeffrey Kessler Democratic A
WV State Senate 4 Mike Hall Republican A
WV State Senate 5 Evan Jenkins Republican A
WV State Senate 6 H. Truman Chafin Democratic A
WV State Senate 10 William Laird IV Democratic A
WV State Senate 12 Samuel Cann, Sr. Democratic A
WV State Senate 16 John Unger II Democratic A-
WV State Senate 17 Brooks McCabe, Jr. Democratic F
WV Commissioner of Agriculture Walter Helmick Democratic A
WV Commissioner At-Large Timothy Ennis Democratic A
WV Commissioner At-Large Dale Manuel A
Constantino Amores, Jr. A
Leonard Anderson A+
Frank Angotti, Jr. A
Art Ashley F
J.D. Beane A+
Larry Border A
Edwin Bowman A
Greg Butcher A
Thomas Campbell A
Thomas Coleman, Jr. A
David Collins A
Mary Pearl Compton D
Oshel Craigo A+
Jerry Michael Damron A
Jeff Davis A
Frank Deem A+
Tracy Dempsey A
Vicki Douglas A
Richard Everson A
Karen Facemyer A+
Larry Faircloth A+
Richard Flanigan A
Sheirl Lee Fletcher A
Eustace Frederick A
Roy Givens A
Steve Harrison A
Susan Hubbard A
Lloyd George Jackson II A
Arley Johnson A
Jerry Kelley A
Robert Kiss A+
Kerry Steven Kominar A
Earnest Kuhn A
Margarette Leach A
Otis Leggett A
William Louisos A
Virginia Mahan A
A. James Manchin A
J.E. Joe Martin A+
Warren Randolph McGraw II A
Jerry Mezzatesta A+
Harold Michael A+
Joseph Minard A
Sarah Minear A
John Mitchell, Jr. A
Rick Modesitt A
Mike Oliverio II A
Bill Proudfoot A
Paul Prunty A
Dale Riggs A
Larry Rowe A
Robert Schadler A
John Shelton A
Jody Guthrie Smirl A
Joe Smith A
Lisa Smith A
Joe Sparks A
Sharon Spencer A
Douglas Stalnaker A
W. Richard Staton A
William Stemple A
Sally Matz Susman A
Ron Thompson, Jr. A
Gary Otho Tillis A
Charles Trump IV A+
Kenneth Tucker A
Scott Varner A+
Barbara Warner A
Charles Russell Webb A
Randy White A
L. Gil White A+
Carroll Willis A
James Willison A
William Wooton A+
Lacy Wright, Jr. A
Emily Yeager A

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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