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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2001-2002 Trade Barrier Votes Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Wayne Allard 100%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kit Bond 100%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
William Frist 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
Jon Kyl 100%
Dick Lugar 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 100%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 100%
Zell Bryan Miller 100%
Don Nickles 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 100%
Rick Santorum 100%
Ted Stevens 100%
Craig Thomas 100%
Judy Biggert 91%
Calvin Dooley 91%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 91%
James Kolbe 91%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 91%
Thomas William Osborne 91%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 91%
John Peterson 91%
James Ramstad 91%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 90%
Wayne Gilchrest 90%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 90%
George Allen 88%
Max Baucus 88%
John Breaux 88%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 88%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 88%
Larry Craig 88%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 88%
John Ensign 88%
Peter Fitzgerald 88%
Judd Gregg 88%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 88%
Kay Hutchison 88%
Trent Lott, Sr. 88%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 86%
Charlie Bass 82%
Douglas Bereuter 82%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 82%
David Dreier 82%
Jo Ann Emerson 82%
James Greenwood 82%
Wally Herger, Jr. 82%
Nancy Johnson 82%
Tim Johnson 82%
James Leach 82%
Don Manzullo 82%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 82%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 82%
James Nussle 82%
Denny Rehberg 82%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 82%
Nick Smith 82%
Charles Stenholm 82%
John Sununu 82%
John Tanner 82%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 82%
Todd Tiahrt 82%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 82%
Heather Wilson 82%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 80%
Jim Bunning 75%
Blanche Lincoln 75%
Ben Nelson 75%
Arlen Specter 75%
Richard Hugh Baker 73%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 73%
Chris Cannon 73%
Eric Cantor 73%
Brad Carson 73%
Philip Crane 73%
James DeMint 73%
Norm Dicks 73%
Jennifer Dunn 73%
Vern Ehlers 73%
Ernest Fletcher 73%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 73%
Kenny Hulshof 73%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 73%
William Jefferson 73%
Christopher John 73%
Ric Keller 73%
Mark Kennedy 73%
Joseph Knollenberg 73%
Ray LaHood 73%
Ron Lewis 73%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 73%
James McCrery III 73%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 73%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 73%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 73%
Doug Ose 73%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 73%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 73%
Thomas Reynolds 73%
Jim Ryun 73%
Edward Schrock 73%
Christopher Shays 73%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 73%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 73%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 73%
Vic Snyder 73%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 73%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 73%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 73%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 73%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 73%
Conrad Burns 71%
John Warner 71%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 70%
Mary Bono Mack 70%
Larry Combest 70%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 70%
Todd Platts 70%
Thomas DeLay 67%
John Sweeney 67%
Todd Akin 64%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 64%
Henry Bonilla 64%
Henry Brown, Jr. 64%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 64%
Mike Castle 64%
Chet Edwards 64%
Philip English 64%
Bob Etheridge 64%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 64%
Elton Gallegly 64%
Charlie Gonzalez 64%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 64%
Porter Goss 64%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 64%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 64%
Baron Hill 64%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 64%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 64%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 64%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 64%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 64%
John Linder 64%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 64%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 64%
Scott McInnis 64%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 64%
Sue Myrick 64%
Robert William Ney 64%
Ron Paul 64%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 64%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 64%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 64%
John Shadegg 64%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 64%
Donald Sherwood 64%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 64%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 64%
Ellen Tauscher 64%
William Thomas 64%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 64%
Gerald Weller 64%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 63%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 63%
Gordon Smith 63%
Olympia Snowe 63%
Jim Gibbons 60%
John Nathan Hostettler 60%
Deborah Pryce 60%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 60%
John Sullivan 60%
Joe Lieberman 57%
Barbara Cubin 56%
Thomas Allen 55%
Cass Ballenger 55%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 55%
Howard Berman 55%
Leonard Boswell 55%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 55%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 55%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 55%
Christopher Cox 55%
Robert Cramer 55%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 55%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 55%
James Davis 55%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 55%
John Doolittle 55%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 55%
Michael Ferguson 55%

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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