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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Center for Security Policy

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
John Ashcroft 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 100%
Jim Bunning 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 100%
Paul Gillmor 100%
Newt Gingrich 100%
William Phillip Gramm 100%
Jesse Helms 100%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
Jon Kyl 100%
Ron Lewis 100%
Joseph McDade 100%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 100%
Bob Smith 100%
Gerald B.H. Solomon 100%
Floyd Spence 100%
Charles Taylor 100%
Bill Archer 93%
Richard Armey 93%
Richard Hugh Baker 93%
Cass Ballenger 93%
Bob Barr, Jr. 93%
Herbert Bateman 93%
Henry Bonilla 93%
Conrad Burns 93%
Herbert Callahan 93%
Larry Craig 93%
Philip Crane 93%
Thomas DeLay 93%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 93%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 93%
Terry Everett 93%
Michael Patrick Forbes 93%
Elton Gallegly 93%
George Gekas 93%
Porter Goss 93%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 93%
James Hansen 93%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 93%
Joel Hefley 93%
Wally Herger, Jr. 93%
Duncan Hunter 93%
Kay Hutchison 93%
Henry Hyde 93%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 93%
Dirk Kempthorne 93%
Joseph Knollenberg 93%
Jerry Lewis 93%
John Linder 93%
Robert Livingston 93%
Trent Lott, Sr. 93%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 93%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 93%
James McCrery III 93%
Don Nickles 93%
Michael Oxley 93%
Ronald Packard 93%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 93%
Daniel Schaefer 93%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 93%
Joseph Skeen 93%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 93%
Cliff Stearns 93%
Rick White 93%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 93%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 93%
Wayne Allard 92%
Ben Campbell 92%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 92%
Christopher Cox 92%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 92%
John Doolittle 92%
Tillie Fowler 92%
Benjamin Gilman 92%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 92%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 92%
David McIntosh 92%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 92%
Steven Schiff 92%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 92%
Susan Molinari 89%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 86%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 86%
Roscoe Bartlett 86%
Michael Bilirakis 86%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 86%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 86%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 86%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 86%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 86%
Michael Collins 86%
Larry Combest 86%
Paul Coverdell 86%
Alfonse D'Amato 86%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 86%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 86%
David Dreier 86%
Jennifer Dunn 86%
Thomas Ewing 86%
William Goodling 86%
Judd Gregg 86%
J. Dennis Hastert 86%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 86%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 86%
David Lee Hobson 86%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 86%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 86%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 86%
Jay Kim 86%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 86%
James Kolbe 86%
Stephen Largent 86%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 86%
Connie Mack 86%
Don Manzullo 86%
Bill McCollum 86%
Scott McInnis 86%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 86%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 86%
Dan Miller 86%
Sue Myrick 86%
Mike Parker 86%
Richard Pombo 86%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 86%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 86%
Rick Santorum 86%
E.G. Shuster 86%
Linda Smith 86%
Bob Stump 86%
Gene Taylor 86%
Craig Thomas 86%
Fred Thompson 86%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 86%
Strom Thurmond 86%
John Warner 86%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 86%
David Weldon 86%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 86%
Sonny Bono 85%
Ed Bryant 85%
Jon Lynn Christensen 85%
Jay Dickey 85%
William Frist 85%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 85%
William Paxon 85%
William Tauzin 85%
James Walsh 85%
Bill Young 85%
Randall Cunningham 83%
Deborah Pryce 83%
George Radanovich 83%
Mark Souder 83%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 82%
Jim Saxton 82%
Joe Scarborough 80%
Bob Bennett 79%
Douglas Bereuter 79%
Steve Buyer 79%
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%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 79%
Henry Gonzalez 79%
Slade Gorton 79%
Rodney Grams 79%
Gilbert Gutknecht 79%
Sue Kelly 79%
Rick Lazio 79%
Matthew Martinez 79%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 79%
Alan Mollohan 79%
Frank Murkowski 79%
Ralph Regula 79%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 79%
John Shadegg 79%
Olympia Snowe 79%
William Thomas 79%
Zach Wamp 79%
W. Curtis Weldon 79%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 77%
Barbara Cubin 77%
Wayne Gilchrest 77%
Nancy Johnson 77%
Dick Lugar 77%
Jack Murtha 77%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 77%
William Roth, Jr. 77%
James Talent 77%
Thomas Davis III 75%
John Nathan Hostettler 75%
John McHugh 75%
Jack Quinn 73%
Bill Barrett 71%
Charlie Bass 71%
Kit Bond 71%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 71%

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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