Rating Group: Born Free USA

2001-2002 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 89%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 75%
Todd Akin 50%
Wayne Allard 40%
George Allen 33%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 0%
Brian Baird 89%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 100%
Cass Ballenger 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 67%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 0%
Charlie Bass 100%
Max Baucus 50%
Evan Bayh 67%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 100%
Bob Bennett 33%
Douglas Bereuter 25%
Shelley Berkley 78%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 0%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 80%
Judy Biggert 83%
Michael Bilirakis 83%
Jeff Bingaman 83%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 40%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 100%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 86%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 33%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 0%
Leonard Boswell 67%
Rick Boucher 80%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 78%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 0%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 33%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 71%
John Breaux 25%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 88%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 60%
Jim Bunning 50%
Conrad Burns 0%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 80%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 33%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 25%
Ben Campbell 25%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 78%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 33%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 100%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 100%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 100%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 100%
Brad Carson 0%
Julia Carson 86%
Mike Castle 100%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 60%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 100%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 0%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 88%
Hillary Clinton 86%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 67%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 0%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 25%
Michael Collins 50%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 100%
Kent Conrad 75%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 100%
Jon Corzine 100%
Jerry Costello 78%
Christopher Cox 33%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 0%
Philip Crane 33%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 0%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 0%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 100%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 33%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 80%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Thomas Daschle 75%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 100%
James Davis 100%
Jo Ann Davis 40%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 100%
Thomas Davis III 100%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 80%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 25%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 100%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 83%
Thomas DeLay 33%
James DeMint 0%
Peter Deutsch 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 86%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 25%
Norm Dicks 88%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 67%
Chris Dodd 88%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 50%
Calvin Dooley 50%
John Doolittle 33%
Byron Dorgan 80%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 100%
David Dreier 33%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 33%
Jennifer Dunn 67%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 89%
John Edwards 71%
Chet Edwards 0%
Vern Ehlers 75%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 88%
Philip English 57%
John Ensign 83%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 50%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 100%
Bob Etheridge 33%
Lane Evans 78%
Terry Everett 0%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 100%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 75%
Michael Ferguson 100%
Bob Filner 89%
Peter Fitzgerald 75%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 33%
Ernest Fletcher 25%
Mark Foley 50%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 50%
Harold Ford, Jr. 60%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 67%
Barney Frank 100%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 100%
William Frist 25%
Jonas Frost III 33%
Elton Gallegly 78%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 67%
Jim Gibbons 75%
Wayne Gilchrest 83%
Paul Gillmor 25%
Charlie Gonzalez 75%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 25%
Bart Gordon 60%
Porter Goss 50%
Daniel Graham 83%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 0%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 0%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 33%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 0%
Mark Green 71%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 75%
James Greenwood 88%
Judd Gregg 83%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 86%
Gilbert Gutknecht 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 60%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 0%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 83%
Jane Harman 100%
Melissa Hart 50%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 67%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 0%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 67%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 33%
Joel Hefley 50%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Baron Hill 33%
Maurice Hinchey 88%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 33%
David Lee Hobson 71%
PA Commissioner-At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 89%
Pete Hoekstra 67%
Thomas Holden 67%
Ernest Hollings 75%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 100%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 100%
Darlene Hooley 88%
John Nathan Hostettler 0%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 67%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 67%
Kenny Hulshof 0%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Henry Hyde 50%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 25%
Daniel Inouye 60%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 89%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 63%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 100%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 33%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 86%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 88%
William Jefferson 50%
James Merrill Jeffords 86%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
Christopher John 0%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 86%
Nancy Johnson 100%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 33%
Tim Johnson 50%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 75%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 50%
Paul Kanjorski 33%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 80%
Ric Keller 25%
Sue Kelly 86%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 89%
Mark Kennedy 33%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 89%
Dale Kildee 89%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 83%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 100%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 33%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 0%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 100%
Gerald Kleczka 100%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
Herb Kohl 83%
James Kolbe 86%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
Jon Kyl 60%
Ray LaHood 60%
Nicholas Lampson 67%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 25%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 86%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 100%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 33%
Steve LaTourette 75%
James Leach 75%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 89%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 100%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 89%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 71%
Jerry Lewis 50%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 88%
Ron Lewis 0%
Joe Lieberman 86%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
John Linder 33%
William Lipinski 75%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 100%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 100%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 88%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 0%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas D 0%
Dick Lugar 83%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 50%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 89%
Don Manzullo 0%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 100%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 50%
Robert Matsui 100%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 100%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 86%
Karen McCarthy 86%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 86%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 67%
James McCrery III 0%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 100%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 89%
John McHugh 33%
Scott McInnis 33%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 33%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 33%
Michael McNulty 80%
Martin Meehan 89%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 80%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 86%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 50%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 80%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 33%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 100%
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 100%
Zell Bryan Miller 25%
Alan Mollohan 50%
Dennis Moore 50%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 100%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 0%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 60%
Jack Murtha 50%
Sue Myrick 50%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 89%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 83%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 89%
Ben Nelson 60%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 67%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 25%
Robert William Ney 33%
Don Nickles 33%
Anne Northup 67%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 0%
James Nussle 25%
Jim Oberstar 60%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 86%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 0%
Thomas William Osborne 0%
Doug Ose 25%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 0%
Major Owens 100%
Michael Oxley 60%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 100%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 89%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 80%
Ron Paul 33%
Donald Payne 100%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 100%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 0%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 25%
John Peterson 0%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 67%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 0%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 33%
Todd Platts 50%
Richard Pombo 0%
Earl Pomeroy 50%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 33%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 89%
Deborah Pryce 83%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 0%
Jack Quinn 33%
George Radanovich 0%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 75%
James Ramstad 100%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 86%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 100%
Ralph Regula 0%
Denny Rehberg 25%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 88%
Silvestre Reyes 40%
Thomas Reynolds 33%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 33%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 67%
Ciro Rodriguez 33%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 0%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 0%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 67%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 50%
Mike Ross 0%
Steve Rothman 100%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 86%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 33%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 67%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 33%
Jim Ryun 33%
Martin Olav Sabo 71%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 100%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 88%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 0%
Rick Santorum 86%
Paul Sarbanes 88%
Jim Saxton 100%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 89%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 100%
Edward Schrock 33%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 89%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 33%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 100%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 67%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 25%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 0%
John Shadegg 33%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 86%
Christopher Shays 100%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 0%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 100%
Donald Sherwood 33%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 25%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 33%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 86%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 0%
Ike Skelton 0%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 88%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 100%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 89%
Gordon Smith 71%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 0%
Nick Smith 0%
Olympia Snowe 83%
Vic Snyder 60%
Hilda Solis 89%
Mark Souder 25%
Arlen Specter 83%
John Spratt, Jr. 33%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 86%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 33%
Charles Stenholm 0%
Ted Stevens 33%
Ted Strickland 67%
Bart Stupak 67%
John Sununu 80%
John Sweeney 67%
Tom Tancredo 71%
John Tanner 0%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
William Tauzin 0%
Charles Taylor 0%
Gene Taylor 25%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 0%
Craig Thomas 33%
William Thomas 0%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 57%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 88%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 71%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 100%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 80%
Ed Towns 78%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 75%
James Turner 0%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 100%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 80%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 71%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 89%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 67%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 0%
George Voinovich 33%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 0%
James Walsh 67%
Zach Wamp 33%
John Warner 75%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 100%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 50%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
David Weldon 25%
W. Curtis Weldon 67%
Gerald Weller 40%
Robert Wexler 89%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 63%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 0%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 0%
Heather Wilson 0%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 86%
Lynn Woolsey 89%
David Wu 89%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 71%
Albert Wynn 89%
Bill Young 60%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 0%

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