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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Center for Security Policy

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Matthew Martinez 45%
Frank Mascara 50%
Robert Matsui 30%
Karen McCarthy 5%
Bill McCollum 85%
James McCrery III 94%
John McHugh 89%
Scott McInnis 100%
David McIntosh 75%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 47%
Michael McNulty 42%
Martin Meehan 10%
Carrie Meek 47%
Jack Metcalf 85%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 32%
Dan Miller 80%
David Minge 10%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 25%
John Moakley 10%
Alan Mollohan 42%
Constance Morella 35%
Patrick Moynihan 7%
Frank Murkowski 79%
Jack Murtha 55%
Sue Myrick 95%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 89%
Robert William Ney 83%
Don Nickles 79%
Anne Northup 85%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 90%
James Nussle 65%
Jim Oberstar 24%
Dave Obey 20%
John Olver 25%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 55%
Major Owens 16%
Michael Oxley 60%
Ronald Packard 80%
Ron Paul 50%
Donald Payne 26%
Edward Pease 75%
John Peterson 90%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 100%
Owen Pickett 35%
Richard Pombo 88%
Earl Pomeroy 35%
John Edward Porter 45%
Deborah Pryce 70%
Jack Quinn 74%
George Radanovich 90%
James Ramstad 50%
Ralph Regula 75%
Silvestre Reyes 42%
Bob Riley 100%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 30%
Charles Robb 14%
Ciro Rodriguez 47%
Timothy Roemer 30%
James Rogan 90%
William Roth, Jr. 38%
Steve Rothman 30%
Marge Roukema 55%
Jim Ryun 95%
Martin Olav Sabo 11%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 47%
Rick Santorum 64%
Paul Sarbanes 0%
Jim Saxton 90%
Joe Scarborough 95%
Robert Schaffer 95%
John Shadegg 95%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 85%
Christopher Shays 30%
E.G. Shuster 68%
Norman Sisisky 55%
Joseph Skeen 80%
Ike Skelton 50%
Gordon Smith 46%
Nick Smith 70%
Bob Smith 100%
Olympia Snowe 57%
Vic Snyder 35%
Mark Souder 89%
Arlen Specter 43%
Floyd Spence 100%
John Spratt, Jr. 47%
Pete Stark 19%
Cliff Stearns 100%
Charles Stenholm 56%
Ted Stevens 50%
Ted Strickland 45%
Bob Stump 95%
Bart Stupak 25%
John Sununu 85%
James Talent 90%
John Tanner 40%
Ellen Tauscher 15%
William Tauzin 89%
Charles Taylor 87%
Gene Taylor 79%
Craig Thomas 79%
William Thomas 80%
Fred Thompson 100%
Karen Thurman 50%
Strom Thurmond 93%
Todd Tiahrt 100%
Robert Torricelli 21%
Ed Towns 24%
James Traficant, Jr. 95%
James Turner 60%
Bruce Vento 10%
James Walsh 89%
Zach Wamp 90%
John Warner 64%
Wesley Watkins 80%
Mel Watt 15%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 95%
David Weldon 88%
W. Curtis Weldon 58%
Gerald Weller 90%
Paul Wellstone 7%
Robert Wexler 39%
Bob Weygand 44%
Bob Wise, Jr. 24%
Lynn Woolsey 15%
Albert Wynn 45%
Bill Young 85%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 53%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 25%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 5%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 8%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 55%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 5%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 40%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 32%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 6%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 45%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 45%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 11%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 11%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 30%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 6%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 25%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 21%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 10%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 35%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 6%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 15%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 35%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 28%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 32%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 30%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 58%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 37%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 35%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 65%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 10%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 8%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 7%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 14%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 20%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 22%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 45%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 10%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 45%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 24%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 25%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 17%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 22%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 35%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 50%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 30%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 21%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 11%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 7%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 15%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 30%

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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