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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Center for Security Policy

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 8%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 86%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 46%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 7%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 95%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 86%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 14%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 46%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 95%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 79%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 8%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 18%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 45%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 57%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 14%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 21%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 89%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 38%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 90%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 79%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 45%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 7%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 25%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 32%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 67%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 82%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 0%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 80%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 0%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 95%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 50%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 7%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 35%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 7%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 7%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 77%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 89%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 95%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 95%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 95%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 24%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 95%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 32%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 80%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 6%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 25%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 40%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 94%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 32%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 85%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 94%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 55%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 15%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 65%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 11%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 28%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 11%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 85%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 50%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 85%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 85%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 22%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 10%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 15%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 58%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 11%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 70%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 20%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 21%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 5%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 21%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 65%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 80%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 79%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 35%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 65%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 75%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 45%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 22%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 11%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 55%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 82%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 65%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 5%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 30%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 15%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 35%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 85%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 79%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 45%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 70%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 75%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 30%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 37%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 35%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 35%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 10%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 40%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 65%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 25%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 90%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 90%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 30%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 10%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 68%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 60%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 33%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 53%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 86%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 70%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 30%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 64%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 85%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 20%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 25%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 79%
Gary Ackerman 24%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 7%
Wayne Allard 86%
Thomas Allen 20%
Rob Andrews 33%
Bill Archer 85%
Richard Armey 85%
John Ashcroft 93%
Richard Hugh Baker 95%
Cass Ballenger 71%
James Barcia 60%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 82%
Roscoe Bartlett 95%
Charlie Bass 65%
Herbert Bateman 65%
Max Baucus 0%
Bob Bennett 86%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 32%
Douglas Bereuter 58%
Howard Berman 32%
Marion Berry 35%
Brian Bilbray 80%
Michael Bilirakis 90%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Rod Blagojevich 25%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 72%
Sherwood Boehlert 55%
Kit Bond 69%
Henry Bonilla 79%
David Edward Bonior 30%
Mary Bono Mack 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 47%
Leonard Boswell 35%
Rick Boucher 25%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 60%
John Breaux 7%
George Brown, Jr. 13%
Richard Bryan 7%
Ed Bryant 85%

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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.

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