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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Center for Security Policy

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 20%
Dave Obey 20%
Pete Stark 19%
William Clay, Sr. 18%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 17%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 16%
Major Owens 16%
Bill Delahunt 15%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 15%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 15%
Paul Kanjorski 15%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 15%
Ellen Tauscher 15%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 15%
Mel Watt 15%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 15%
Lynn Woolsey 15%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 14%
Russ Feingold 14%
Daniel Graham 14%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 14%
Charles Robb 14%
George Brown, Jr. 13%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 11%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 11%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 11%
Martin Olav Sabo 11%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 10%
Lane Evans 10%
Barney Frank 10%
Darlene Hooley 10%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 10%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 10%
William Luther 10%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 10%
Martin Meehan 10%
David Minge 10%
John Moakley 10%
Bruce Vento 10%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 8%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 8%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 7%
John Breaux 7%
Richard Bryan 7%
Robert Byrd 7%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 7%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 7%
Herb Kohl 7%
Frank Lautenberg 7%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 7%
Patrick Moynihan 7%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 7%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 7%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 7%
Paul Wellstone 7%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 6%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 5%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 5%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 5%
Karen McCarthy 5%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 5%
Max Baucus 0%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
Kent Conrad 0%
Thomas Daschle 0%
Byron Dorgan 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 0%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Bob Kerrey 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 0%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
Paul Sarbanes 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 0%

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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