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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Center for Security Policy

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 53%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 79%
Gary Ackerman 24%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 7%
Wayne Allard 86%
Thomas Allen 20%
Rob Andrews 33%
Bill Archer 85%
Richard Armey 85%
John Ashcroft 93%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 95%
Richard Hugh Baker 95%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 25%
Cass Ballenger 71%
James Barcia 60%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 20%
Bill Barrett 82%
Roscoe Bartlett 95%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 79%
Charlie Bass 65%
Herbert Bateman 65%
Max Baucus 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 5%
Bob Bennett 86%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 32%
Douglas Bereuter 58%
Howard Berman 32%
Marion Berry 35%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 8%
Brian Bilbray 80%
Michael Bilirakis 90%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 55%
Rod Blagojevich 25%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 72%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 5%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 89%
Sherwood Boehlert 55%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 82%
Kit Bond 69%
Henry Bonilla 79%
David Edward Bonior 30%
Mary Bono Mack 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 47%
Leonard Boswell 35%
Rick Boucher 25%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 60%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 85%
John Breaux 7%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 40%
George Brown, Jr. 13%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 32%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 86%
Richard Bryan 7%
Ed Bryant 85%
Jim Bunning 95%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 79%
Dan Burton 95%
Steve Buyer 82%
Robert Byrd 7%
Herbert Callahan 89%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 95%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 60%
Ben Campbell 93%
Thomas Campbell 75%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 85%
Chris Cannon 80%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 6%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 45%
Julia Carson 29%
Mike Castle 65%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 55%
John Chafee 29%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 95%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 94%
William Clay, Sr. 18%
Eva Clayton 35%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 7%
Robert Clement 40%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 45%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 65%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 82%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 38%
Michael Collins 95%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 57%
Larry Combest 85%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 0%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 5%
Merrill Cook 100%
John Cooksey 89%
Jerry Costello 47%
Paul Coverdell 93%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 20%
Larry Craig 86%
Robert Cramer 70%
Philip Crane 88%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
Barbara Cubin 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 11%
Randall Cunningham 90%
Patsy Ann Danner 55%
Thomas Daschle 0%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 11%
James Davis 35%
Thomas Davis III 75%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 30%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 6%
Bill Delahunt 15%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 25%
Thomas DeLay 90%
Peter Deutsch 29%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 64%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 95%
Jay Dickey 95%
Norm Dicks 50%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 21%
Julian Dixon 45%
Chris Dodd 21%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 10%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 50%
Calvin Dooley 25%
John Doolittle 94%
Byron Dorgan 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 35%
David Dreier 84%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 70%
Jennifer Dunn 89%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 14%
Chet Edwards 32%
Vern Ehlers 56%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 80%
Jo Ann Emerson 95%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 33%
Philip English 75%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 77%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 15%
Bob Etheridge 39%
Lane Evans 10%
Terry Everett 100%
Thomas Ewing 85%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 6%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 15%
Russ Feingold 14%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 7%
Bob Filner 20%
Mark Foley 70%
Michael Patrick Forbes 86%
Harold Ford, Jr. 25%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 100%
Tillie Fowler 100%
Barney Frank 10%
Robert Franks 65%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 65%
William Frist 43%
Jonas Frost III 40%
Elton Gallegly 85%
John Ganske 60%
Sam Gejdenson 40%
George Gekas 75%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 29%
Jim Gibbons 89%
Wayne Gilchrest 70%
Paul Gillmor 89%
Benjamin Gilman 75%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 85%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 65%
William Goodling 80%
Bart Gordon 61%
Slade Gorton 43%
Porter Goss 89%
Daniel Graham 14%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 80%
William Phillip Gramm 86%
Rodney Grams 86%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 85%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 35%
James Greenwood 60%
Judd Gregg 64%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 28%
Gilbert Gutknecht 60%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 75%
Tony Hall 35%
James Hansen 89%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 0%
J. Dennis Hastert 80%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 32%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 90%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 50%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 95%
Joel Hefley 95%
Jesse Helms 93%

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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