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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

1999-2000 Trade Barrier Votes Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 33%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 67%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 60%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 47%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 78%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 44%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 44%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 78%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 78%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 67%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 78%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 44%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 43%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 22%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 93%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 47%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 89%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 44%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 78%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 44%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 56%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 33%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 33%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 78%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 56%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 67%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 78%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 22%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 33%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 60%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 89%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 73%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 25%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 56%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 44%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 89%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 53%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 44%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 87%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 89%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 93%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 78%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 22%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 73%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 87%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 75%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 44%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 44%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 56%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 63%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 56%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 53%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 67%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 56%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 78%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 44%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 56%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 53%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 56%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 43%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 78%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 50%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 78%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 73%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 87%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 87%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 11%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 89%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 22%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 22%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 33%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 89%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 22%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 11%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 22%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 22%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 78%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 33%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 38%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 33%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 44%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 44%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 75%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 80%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 78%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 78%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 13%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 89%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 33%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 78%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 60%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 75%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 47%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 78%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 89%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 33%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 33%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 78%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 44%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 75%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 78%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 78%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 53%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 56%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 33%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 53%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 67%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 44%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 89%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 67%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 67%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 22%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 78%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 44%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 40%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 33%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 78%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 73%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 89%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 89%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 33%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 67%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 33%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 67%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 22%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 64%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 87%
Gary Ackerman 67%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 54%
Wayne Allard 80%
Thomas Allen 89%
Rob Andrews 44%
Richard Armey 78%
Brian Baird 89%
Richard Hugh Baker 78%
Cass Ballenger 67%
James Barcia 33%
Bob Barr, Jr. 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 11%
Charlie Bass 89%
Max Baucus 80%
Evan Bayh 60%
Bob Bennett 73%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 78%
Douglas Bereuter 89%
Shelley Berkley 56%
Howard Berman 86%
Marion Berry 89%

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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