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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Center for Security Policy

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Jim Bunning 95%
Conrad Burns 100%
Dan Burton 95%
Steve Buyer 82%
Robert Byrd 7%
Herbert Callahan 89%
Ben Campbell 93%
Thomas Campbell 75%
Chris Cannon 80%
Julia Carson 29%
Mike Castle 65%
John Chafee 29%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 94%
William Clay, Sr. 18%
Eva Clayton 35%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 7%
Robert Clement 40%
Michael Collins 95%
Larry Combest 85%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 0%
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%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Randall Cunningham 90%
Patsy Ann Danner 55%
Thomas Daschle 0%
James Davis 35%
Thomas Davis III 75%
Bill Delahunt 15%
Thomas DeLay 90%
Peter Deutsch 29%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 95%
Jay Dickey 95%
Norm Dicks 50%
Julian Dixon 45%
Chris Dodd 21%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 50%
Calvin Dooley 25%
John Doolittle 94%
Byron Dorgan 0%
David Dreier 84%
Jennifer Dunn 89%
Chet Edwards 32%
Vern Ehlers 56%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 80%
Jo Ann Emerson 95%
Philip English 75%
Bob Etheridge 39%
Lane Evans 10%
Terry Everett 100%
Thomas Ewing 85%
Russ Feingold 14%
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%
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%
William Goodling 80%
Bart Gordon 61%
Slade Gorton 43%
Porter Goss 89%
Daniel Graham 14%
William Phillip Gramm 86%
Rodney Grams 86%
James Greenwood 60%
Judd Gregg 64%
Gilbert Gutknecht 60%
Tony Hall 35%
James Hansen 89%
J. Dennis Hastert 80%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 95%
Joel Hefley 95%
Jesse Helms 93%
Wally Herger, Jr. 90%
Rick Hill 90%
Van Hilleary 100%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 25%
Maurice Hinchey 32%
David Lee Hobson 85%
Pete Hoekstra 58%
Thomas Holden 60%
Ernest Hollings 21%
Darlene Hooley 10%
Stephen Horn 70%
John Nathan Hostettler 100%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 53%
Kenny Hulshof 95%
Duncan Hunter 95%
Asa Hutchinson 95%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 100%
Kay Hutchison 86%
Henry Hyde 70%
Daniel Inouye 21%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 95%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 10%
William Jefferson 50%
James Merrill Jeffords 23%
William Lewis Jenkins 85%
Christopher John 58%
Nancy Johnson 60%
Paul Kanjorski 15%
Sue Kelly 60%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Patrick Kennedy 32%
Bob Kerrey 0%
Dale Kildee 45%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 16%
Gerald Kleczka 20%
Ronald Klink 50%
Joseph Knollenberg 75%
Herb Kohl 7%
James Kolbe 55%
Dennis Kucinich 35%
Jon Kyl 100%
John LaFalce 20%
Ray LaHood 85%
Nicholas Lampson 25%
Tom Lantos 25%
Stephen Largent 83%
Steve LaTourette 84%
Frank Lautenberg 7%
Rick Lazio 84%
James Leach 70%
Jerry Lewis 75%
Ron Lewis 100%
Joe Lieberman 36%
John Linder 74%
William Lipinski 67%
Robert Livingston 90%
Trent Lott, Sr. 86%
Dick Lugar 36%
William Luther 10%
Connie Mack 100%
James Maloney 50%
Don Manzullo 85%
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%

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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