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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Center for Security Policy

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 36%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 86%
Gary Ackerman 27%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 7%
Wayne Allard 92%
Rob Andrews 43%
Bill Archer 93%
Richard Armey 93%
John Ashcroft 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 86%
Henry Scott Baesler 57%
Richard Hugh Baker 93%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 29%
Cass Ballenger 93%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 93%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 21%
Bill Barrett 71%
Roscoe Bartlett 86%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 100%
Charlie Bass 71%
Herbert Bateman 93%
Max Baucus 31%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
Bob Bennett 79%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 43%
Douglas Bereuter 79%
Howard Berman 31%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 14%
Brian Bilbray 64%
Michael Bilirakis 86%
Jeff Bingaman 8%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 77%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 82%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 14%
Sherwood Boehlert 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 86%
Kit Bond 71%
Henry Bonilla 93%
David Edward Bonior 21%
Sonny Bono 85%
Robert Borski, Jr. 43%
Rick Boucher 36%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 7%
John Breaux 46%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 43%
George Brown, Jr. 14%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 29%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 71%
Richard Bryan 21%
Ed Bryant 85%
Dale Bumpers 11%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 93%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 79%
Robert Byrd 36%
Herbert Callahan 93%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 86%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 64%
Ben Campbell 92%
Thomas Campbell 43%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 86%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 58%
Mike Castle 71%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 64%
John Chafee 64%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 86%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 86%
Jon Lynn Christensen 85%
William Clay, Sr. 15%
Eva Clayton 42%
Robert Clement 57%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 62%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 79%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 79%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 79%
Michael Collins 86%
Larry Combest 86%
Gary Condit 50%
Kent Conrad 21%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
Jerry Costello 38%
Paul Coverdell 86%
Christopher Cox 92%
William Coyne 23%
Larry Craig 93%
Robert Cramer 64%
Philip Crane 93%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 79%
Barbara Cubin 77%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 33%
Randall Cunningham 83%
Alfonse D'Amato 86%
Patsy Ann Danner 14%
Thomas Daschle 7%
Thomas Davis III 75%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 86%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 14%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 36%
Thomas DeLay 93%
Ronald Dellums 15%
Peter Deutsch 43%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 86%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 93%
Jay Dickey 85%
Norm Dicks 57%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 29%
Julian Dixon 36%
Chris Dodd 21%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 36%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 92%
Calvin Dooley 36%
John Doolittle 92%
Byron Dorgan 29%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 46%
David Dreier 86%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 43%
Jennifer Dunn 86%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 23%
Chet Edwards 64%
Vern Ehlers 43%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 93%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 43%
Philip English 67%
John Ensign 57%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 14%
Lane Evans 21%
Terry Everett 93%
Thomas Ewing 86%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 21%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
Harris Fawell 62%
Victor Fazio 23%
Russ Feingold 14%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 29%
Bob Filner 8%
Floyd Flake 22%
Thomas Foglietta 14%
Mark Foley 64%
Michael Patrick Forbes 93%
Wendell Ford 29%
Tillie Fowler 92%
Jon David Fox 43%
Barney Frank 21%
Robert Franks 50%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 71%
William Frist 85%
Jonas Frost III 64%
Elizabeth Furse 7%
Elton Gallegly 93%
John Ganske 64%
Sam Gejdenson 43%
George Gekas 93%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 33%
Wayne Gilchrest 77%
Paul Gillmor 100%
Benjamin Gilman 92%
Newt Gingrich 100%
John Glenn 14%
Henry Gonzalez 79%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 57%
William Goodling 86%
Bart Gordon 36%
Slade Gorton 79%
Porter Goss 93%
Daniel Graham 21%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 93%
William Phillip Gramm 100%
Rodney Grams 79%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 71%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 36%
James Greenwood 64%
Judd Gregg 86%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 23%
Gilbert Gutknecht 79%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 71%
Tony Hall 38%
Lee Hamilton 57%
James Hansen 93%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 7%
Jane Harman 50%
J. Dennis Hastert 86%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 64%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 86%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 93%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 86%
Joel Hefley 93%
W.G. Hefner 57%
Jesse Helms 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 93%
Van Hilleary 71%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 29%
Maurice Hinchey 29%
David Lee Hobson 86%
Pete Hoekstra 50%
Thomas Holden 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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