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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Humane Society of the United States

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 50
Gary Ackerman 100
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 13
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100
Wayne Allard 60
Thomas Allen 88
Rob Andrews 100
Richard Armey 0
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 13
Brian Baird 88
Richard Hugh Baker 13
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 50
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 88
Cass Ballenger 13
James Barcia 50
Bob Barr, Jr. 13
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 63
Roscoe Bartlett 63
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 13
Charlie Bass 63
Max Baucus 40
Evan Bayh 60
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 63
Bob Bennett 40
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 63
Douglas Bereuter 38
Shelley Berkley 100
Howard Berman 100
Marion Berry 25
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 60
Judy Biggert 63
Michael Bilirakis 63
Jeff Bingaman 40
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 13
Rod Blagojevich 100
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 13
Sherwood Boehlert 88
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 13
Kit Bond 20
Henry Bonilla 13
David Edward Bonior 100
Mary Bono Mack 25
Robert Borski, Jr. 88
Leonard Boswell 25
Rick Boucher 63
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100
Allen Boyd, Jr. 13
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 13
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100
John Breaux 20
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 75
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 20
Ed Bryant 13
Jim Bunning 20
Conrad Burns 20
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 25
Dan Burton 13
Steve Buyer 0
Robert Byrd 60
Herbert Callahan 13
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 25
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 25
Ben Campbell 40
Chris Cannon 0
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 63
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88
Julia Carson 100
Mike Castle 63
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 88
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 25
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 75
Eva Clayton 25
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 80
Robert Clement 50
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 88
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 13
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20
Michael Collins 13
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 80
Larry Combest 13
Gary Condit 50
Kent Conrad 40
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100
John Cooksey 13
Jerry Costello 100
Christopher Cox 50
William Coyne 88
Larry Craig 0
Robert Cramer 25
Philip Crane 63
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 75
Barbara Cubin 13
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 75
Randall Cunningham 13
Thomas Daschle 60
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 75
James Davis 50
Thomas Davis III 63
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 50
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 50
Bill Delahunt 100
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100
Thomas DeLay 13
James DeMint 25
Peter Deutsch 100
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 40
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 63
Norm Dicks 75
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 25
Julian Dixon 100
Chris Dodd 80
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 63
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0
Calvin Dooley 50
John Doolittle 0
Byron Dorgan 60
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100
David Dreier 0
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 25
Jennifer Dunn 25
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100
John Edwards 60
Chet Edwards 38
Vern Ehlers 50
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 25
Jo Ann Emerson 13
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75
Philip English 63
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 40
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100
Bob Etheridge 75
Lane Evans 100
Terry Everett 13
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 88
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 63
Russ Feingold 60
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80
Bob Filner 100
Peter Fitzgerald 80
Ernest Fletcher 38
Mark Foley 25
Harold Ford, Jr. 50
Vito Fossella, Jr. 50
Barney Frank 88
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 88
William Frist 40
Jonas Frost III 25
Elton Gallegly 75
John Ganske 13
George Gekas 13
Richard Andrew Gephardt 50
Jim Gibbons 13
Wayne Gilchrest 50
Paul Gillmor 25
Benjamin Gilman 88
Charlie Gonzalez 100
Virgil Goode, Jr. 38
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 38
Bart Gordon 38
Porter Goss 38
Daniel Graham 80
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0
William Phillip Gramm 0
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 25
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20
Mark Green 88
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 88
James Greenwood 88
Judd Gregg 40
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100
Gilbert Gutknecht 13
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 0
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 50
Tony Hall 88
James Hansen 13
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 60
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 75
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 13
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 40
Robert Hayes 13
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 13
Joel Hefley 50
Jesse Helms 20
Wally Herger, Jr. 13
Baron Hill 50
Van Hilleary 13
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 38
Maurice Hinchey 88
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 25
David Lee Hobson 25
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 100
Pete Hoekstra 0
Thomas Holden 25
Ernest Hollings 20
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100

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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