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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Center for Security Policy

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Stephen Horn 70%
Henry Hyde 70%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 70%
James Leach 70%
Deborah Pryce 70%
Nick Smith 70%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 70%
Kit Bond 69%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 68%
E.G. Shuster 68%
William Lipinski 67%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 67%
Charlie Bass 65%
Herbert Bateman 65%
Mike Castle 65%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 65%
Robert Franks 65%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 65%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 65%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 65%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 65%
James Nussle 65%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 64%
Judd Gregg 64%
Rick Santorum 64%
John Warner 64%
Bart Gordon 61%
James Barcia 60%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 60%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 60%
Gary Condit 60%
John Ganske 60%
James Greenwood 60%
Gilbert Gutknecht 60%
Thomas Holden 60%
Nancy Johnson 60%
Sue Kelly 60%
Michael Oxley 60%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 60%
James Turner 60%
Douglas Bereuter 58%
Pete Hoekstra 58%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 58%
Christopher John 58%
W. Curtis Weldon 58%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 57%
Olympia Snowe 57%
Vern Ehlers 56%
Charles Stenholm 56%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 55%
Sherwood Boehlert 55%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 55%
Patsy Ann Danner 55%
James Kolbe 55%
Jack Murtha 55%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 55%
Marge Roukema 55%
Norman Sisisky 55%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 53%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 53%
Norm Dicks 50%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 50%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 50%
William Jefferson 50%
Ronald Klink 50%
James Maloney 50%
Frank Mascara 50%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 50%
Ron Paul 50%
James Ramstad 50%
Ike Skelton 50%
Ted Stevens 50%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 50%
Karen Thurman 50%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 50%
Robert Borski, Jr. 47%
Jerry Costello 47%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 47%
Carrie Meek 47%
Ciro Rodriguez 47%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 47%
John Spratt, Jr. 47%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 46%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 46%
Gordon Smith 46%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 45%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 45%
Julian Dixon 45%
Dale Kildee 45%
Matthew Martinez 45%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 45%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 45%
John Edward Porter 45%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 45%
Ted Strickland 45%
Albert Wynn 45%
Bob Weygand 44%
William Frist 43%
Slade Gorton 43%
Arlen Specter 43%
Michael McNulty 42%
Alan Mollohan 42%
Silvestre Reyes 42%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 40%
Robert Clement 40%
Jonas Frost III 40%
Sam Gejdenson 40%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 40%
John Tanner 40%
Bob Etheridge 39%
Robert Wexler 39%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 38%
William Roth, Jr. 38%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 37%
Joe Lieberman 36%
Dick Lugar 36%
Marion Berry 35%
Leonard Boswell 35%
Eva Clayton 35%
James Davis 35%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 35%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 35%
Tony Hall 35%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 35%
Dennis Kucinich 35%
Constance Morella 35%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 35%
Owen Pickett 35%
Earl Pomeroy 35%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 35%
Vic Snyder 35%
Rob Andrews 33%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 33%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 33%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 32%
Howard Berman 32%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 32%
Chet Edwards 32%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 32%
Maurice Hinchey 32%
Patrick Kennedy 32%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 32%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 32%
David Edward Bonior 30%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 30%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 30%
Robert Matsui 30%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 30%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 30%
Timothy Roemer 30%
Steve Rothman 30%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 30%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 30%
Christopher Shays 30%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 30%
Julia Carson 29%
John Chafee 29%
Peter Deutsch 29%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 29%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 28%
Donald Payne 26%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 25%
Rod Blagojevich 25%
Rick Boucher 25%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 25%
Calvin Dooley 25%
Harold Ford, Jr. 25%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 25%
Nicholas Lampson 25%
Tom Lantos 25%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 25%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 25%
John Olver 25%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 25%
Bart Stupak 25%
Gary Ackerman 24%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 24%
Jim Oberstar 24%
Ed Towns 24%
Bob Wise, Jr. 24%
James Merrill Jeffords 23%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 22%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 22%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 21%
Chris Dodd 21%
Ernest Hollings 21%
Daniel Inouye 21%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 21%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 21%
Robert Torricelli 21%
Thomas Allen 20%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 20%
William Coyne 20%
Bob Filner 20%
Gerald Kleczka 20%
John LaFalce 20%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 20%

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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