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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

1999-2000 Trade Subsidy Votes Score

Issues: Conservative , Trade
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 25%
Gary Ackerman 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 60%
Richard Armey 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 80%
Brian Baird 0%
Richard Hugh Baker 20%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 25%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 20%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 60%
Roscoe Bartlett 80%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 60%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 0%
Douglas Bereuter 0%
Shelley Berkley 40%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 0%
Judy Biggert 0%
Michael Bilirakis 20%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 0%
Rod Blagojevich 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 20%
Sherwood Boehlert 0%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Henry Bonilla 20%
David Edward Bonior 0%
Mary Bono Mack 40%
Robert Borski, Jr. 0%
Leonard Boswell 0%
Rick Boucher 0%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 50%
Ed Bryant 20%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 25%
Dan Burton 75%
Steve Buyer 50%
Herbert Callahan 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 20%
Chris Cannon 60%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
Julia Carson 0%
Mike Castle 0%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 20%
Eva Clayton 0%
Robert Clement 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 100%
Michael Collins 80%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 80%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 60%
John Cooksey 0%
Jerry Costello 20%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 0%
Robert Cramer 0%
Philip Crane 80%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 0%
Barbara Cubin 20%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Randall Cunningham 20%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 20%
James Davis 0%
Thomas Davis III 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 20%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 80%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
Bill Delahunt 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
Thomas DeLay 20%
James DeMint 100%
Peter Deutsch 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 20%
Norm Dicks 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 20%
Calvin Dooley 0%
John Doolittle 80%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 20%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 100%
Jennifer Dunn 0%
Chet Edwards 0%
Vern Ehlers 20%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 80%
Jo Ann Emerson 20%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
Philip English 20%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
Bob Etheridge 0%
Lane Evans 40%
Terry Everett 20%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
Bob Filner 0%
Ernest Fletcher 40%
Mark Foley 20%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
Harold Ford, Jr. 0%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 40%
Barney Frank 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 20%
Jonas Frost III 0%
Elton Gallegly 0%
John Ganske 20%
George Gekas 0%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 0%
Jim Gibbons 20%
Wayne Gilchrest 0%
Paul Gillmor 20%
Benjamin Gilman 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 0%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 80%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 40%
Bart Gordon 0%
Porter Goss 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 20%
Mark Green 20%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 0%
James Greenwood 20%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 20%
Gilbert Gutknecht 20%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 20%
Tony Hall 0%
James Hansen 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 20%
Robert Hayes 60%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 80%
Wally Herger, Jr. 20%
Baron Hill 0%
Van Hilleary 80%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 0%
Maurice Hinchey 25%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 0%
David Lee Hobson 20%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 0%
Pete Hoekstra 100%
Thomas Holden 40%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 20%
Darlene Hooley 0%
Stephen Horn 20%
John Nathan Hostettler 100%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 0%
Kenny Hulshof 20%
Duncan Hunter 60%
Asa Hutchinson 20%
Henry Hyde 20%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 0%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 0%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 80%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 20%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 0%
William Jefferson 0%
Christopher John 0%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
Nancy Johnson 0%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 20%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 80%
Paul Kanjorski 20%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 60%
Sue Kelly 20%
Patrick Kennedy 0%
Dale Kildee 0%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 80%
Gerald Kleczka 20%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
James Kolbe 0%
Dennis Kucinich 60%
John LaFalce 0%
Ray LaHood 0%
Nicholas Lampson 0%
Tom Lantos 0%
Stephen Largent 60%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 0%
Steve LaTourette 0%
James Leach 0%

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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