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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Born Free USA

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
William Lipinski 75%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 75%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 75%
John Warner 75%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 71%
John Edwards 71%
Mark Green 71%
David Lee Hobson 71%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 71%
Martin Olav Sabo 71%
Gordon Smith 71%
Tom Tancredo 71%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 71%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 71%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 71%
Roscoe Bartlett 67%
Evan Bayh 67%
Leonard Boswell 67%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 67%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 67%
Jennifer Dunn 67%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 67%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 67%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 67%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 67%
Pete Hoekstra 67%
Thomas Holden 67%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 67%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 67%
Nicholas Lampson 67%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 67%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 67%
Anne Northup 67%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 67%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 67%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 67%
Ted Strickland 67%
Bart Stupak 67%
John Sweeney 67%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 67%
James Walsh 67%
W. Curtis Weldon 67%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 63%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 63%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 60%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 60%
Harold Ford, Jr. 60%
Bart Gordon 60%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 60%
Daniel Inouye 60%
Jon Kyl 60%
Ray LaHood 60%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 60%
Ben Nelson 60%
Jim Oberstar 60%
Michael Oxley 60%
Vic Snyder 60%
Bill Young 60%
Philip English 57%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 57%
Todd Akin 50%
Max Baucus 50%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
Jim Bunning 50%
Michael Collins 50%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 50%
Calvin Dooley 50%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 50%
Mark Foley 50%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 50%
Porter Goss 50%
Melissa Hart 50%
Joel Hefley 50%
Henry Hyde 50%
William Jefferson 50%
Tim Johnson 50%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 50%
Jerry Lewis 50%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 50%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 50%
Alan Mollohan 50%
Dennis Moore 50%
Jack Murtha 50%
Sue Myrick 50%
Todd Platts 50%
Earl Pomeroy 50%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 50%
Mel Watt 50%
Wayne Allard 40%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
Jo Ann Davis 40%
Silvestre Reyes 40%
Gerald Weller 40%
George Allen 33%
Bob Bennett 33%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 33%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 33%
Christopher Cox 33%
Philip Crane 33%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 33%
Thomas DeLay 33%
John Doolittle 33%
David Dreier 33%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 33%
Bob Etheridge 33%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 33%
Jonas Frost III 33%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 33%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 33%
Baron Hill 33%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 33%
Paul Kanjorski 33%
Mark Kennedy 33%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 33%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 33%
John Linder 33%
John McHugh 33%
Scott McInnis 33%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 33%
Robert William Ney 33%
Don Nickles 33%
Ron Paul 33%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 33%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 33%
Jack Quinn 33%
Thomas Reynolds 33%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 33%
Ciro Rodriguez 33%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 33%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 33%
Jim Ryun 33%
Edward Schrock 33%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 33%
John Shadegg 33%
Donald Sherwood 33%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 33%
John Spratt, Jr. 33%
Cliff Stearns 33%
Ted Stevens 33%
Craig Thomas 33%
George Voinovich 33%
Zach Wamp 33%
Douglas Bereuter 25%
John Breaux 25%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 25%
Ben Campbell 25%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 25%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 25%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 25%
Ernest Fletcher 25%
William Frist 25%
Paul Gillmor 25%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 25%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 25%
Ric Keller 25%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 25%
Zell Bryan Miller 25%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 25%
James Nussle 25%
Doug Ose 25%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
Denny Rehberg 25%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 25%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 25%
Mark Souder 25%
Gene Taylor 25%
David Weldon 25%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Marion Berry 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
Brad Carson 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
Larry Craig 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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