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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Born Free USA

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Denny Rehberg 25%
Silvestre Reyes 40%
Thomas Reynolds 33%
Jay Rockefeller IV 67%
Ciro Rodriguez 33%
Mike Rogers 0%
Mike Ross 0%
Steve Rothman 100%
Jim Ryun 33%
Martin Olav Sabo 71%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 0%
Rick Santorum 86%
Paul Sarbanes 88%
Jim Saxton 100%
Edward Schrock 33%
José Serrano 67%
John Shadegg 33%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 86%
Christopher Shays 100%
Donald Sherwood 33%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 86%
Ike Skelton 0%
Gordon Smith 71%
Nick Smith 0%
Olympia Snowe 83%
Vic Snyder 60%
Hilda Solis 89%
Mark Souder 25%
Arlen Specter 83%
John Spratt, Jr. 33%
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%
Lee Terry 0%
Craig Thomas 33%
William Thomas 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
John Tierney 100%
Ed Towns 78%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 75%
James Turner 0%
Mark Udall 100%
George Voinovich 33%
James Walsh 67%
Zach Wamp 33%
John Warner 75%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 50%
Henry Waxman 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
David Weldon 25%
W. Curtis Weldon 67%
Gerald Weller 40%
Robert Wexler 89%
Heather Wilson 0%
Frank Wolf 86%
Lynn Woolsey 89%
David Wu 89%
Albert Wynn 89%
Bill Young 60%

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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