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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Center for Security Policy

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 30%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 25%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 45%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 11%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 30%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 21%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 11%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 32%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 15%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 0%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 35%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 95%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 79%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 89%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 85%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 86%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 95%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 60%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 55%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 95%
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%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 57%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 64%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 70%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 77%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 65%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 65%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 85%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 86%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 75%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 90%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 50%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 88%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 100%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 70%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 75%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 94%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 65%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 80%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 90%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 46%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 90%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 94%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 95%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 60%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 85%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 67%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 46%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 85%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 80%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 85%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 90%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 95%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 79%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 68%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 90%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 86%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 85%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 80%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 95%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 70%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 85%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 90%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 90%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 89%

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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