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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Humane Society of the United States

1997 Positions on Animal Protection

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Rick Boucher 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
Julia Carson 100%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
William Coyne 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Peter Deutsch 100%
Julian Dixon 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Lane Evans 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Victor Fazio 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Harold Ford, Jr. 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Elizabeth Furse 100%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Jane Harman 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
Joseph Kennedy II 100%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
Nicholas Lampson 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
William Luther 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
James Maloney 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 100%
Karen McCarthy 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
Paul McHale 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Michael McNulty 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
Carrie Meek 100%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 100%
John Moakley 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
Mark Neumann 100%
Jim Oberstar 100%
John Olver 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
Ron Paul 100%
Donald Payne 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
Christopher Shays 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
John Spratt, Jr. 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Louis Stokes 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
Esteban Edward Torres 100%
Ed Towns 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
Bruce Vento 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Bob Weygand 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Albert Wynn 100%
Sidney Yates 100%
Henry Scott Baesler 50%
James Barcia 50%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 50%
Michael Bilirakis 50%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 50%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 50%
George Brown, Jr. 50%
Thomas Campbell 50%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 50%
Mike Castle 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 50%
Robert Clement 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 50%
Gary Condit 50%
Merrill Cook 50%
Jerry Costello 50%
Philip Crane 50%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 50%
Thomas Davis III 50%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 50%
Bill Delahunt 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 50%
Norm Dicks 50%
Calvin Dooley 50%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 50%
John Ensign 50%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Harris Fawell 50%
Michael Patrick Forbes 50%
Jon David Fox 50%
Robert Franks 50%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 50%
Elton Gallegly 50%
Benjamin Gilman 50%
William Goodling 50%
Tony Hall 50%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 50%
Thomas Holden 50%
Darlene Hooley 50%
Stephen Horn 50%
John Nathan Hostettler 50%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 50%
Asa Hutchinson 50%
William Jefferson 50%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 50%
Sue Kelly 50%
Gerald Kleczka 50%
Ronald Klink 50%
Scott Klug 50%
John LaFalce 50%
Rick Lazio 50%
James Leach 50%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 50%
William Lipinski 50%
Thomas Manton 50%
Matthew Martinez 50%
Frank Mascara 50%
Robert Matsui 50%
David McIntosh 50%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 50%
Jack Metcalf 50%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 50%
Constance Morella 50%
Jack Murtha 50%
James Nussle 50%
Dave Obey 50%
Major Owens 50%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 50%
Edward Pease 50%
Earl Pomeroy 50%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 50%
Glenn Poshard 50%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 50%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 50%
James Rogan 50%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 50%
Steve Rothman 50%
Marge Roukema 50%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 50%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 50%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 50%
Norman Sisisky 50%
David Skaggs 50%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 50%

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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