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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Center for Security Policy

1998-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 20%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 95%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 75%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 85%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 73%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 25%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 5%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 30%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 33%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 78%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 92%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 85%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 75%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 15%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 81%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 15%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 91%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 80%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 68%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 85%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 45%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 83%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 32%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 44%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 75%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 15%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 22%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 92%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 92%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 96%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 60%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 30%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 35%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 38%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 28%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 88%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 15%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 75%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 10%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 96%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 25%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 85%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 10%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 32%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 15%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 33%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 10%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 25%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 80%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 96%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 92%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 84%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 24%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 36%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 24%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 27%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 32%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 52%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 82%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 45%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 28%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 35%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 36%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 91%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 32%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 84%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 24%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 72%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 36%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 72%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 75%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 24%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 48%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 24%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 10%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 72%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 56%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 72%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 16%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 24%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 20%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 38%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 56%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 24%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 72%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 64%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 91%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 36%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 44%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 8%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 52%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 56%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 82%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 24%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 36%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 84%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 92%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 75%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 88%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 92%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 60%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 76%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 88%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 92%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 52%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 32%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 28%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 28%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 44%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 55%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 24%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 68%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 40%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 88%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 76%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 48%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 82%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 84%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 85%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 8%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 36%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 39%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 12%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 90%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 44%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 88%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 55%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 86%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 36%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 32%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 24%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 72%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 12%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 73%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 24%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 90%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 80%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 91%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 32%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 100%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 36%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 88%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 12%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 48%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 60%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 40%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 84%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 64%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 91%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 24%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 96%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 36%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 73%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 82%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 80%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 31%

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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