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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

1998 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
IN State House 2 Earl Harris Democratic D-
IN State House 3 Charlie Brown Democratic D-
IN State House 6 B. Patrick Bauer Democratic C-
IN State House 14 Vernon Smith Democratic F
IN State House 18 David Alan Wolkins Republican A
IN State House 23 William Friend Republican A+
IN State House 27 Sheila Klinker Democratic C
IN State House 29 Kathy Kreag Richardson Republican A
IN State House 32 P. Eric Turner Republican A
IN State House 35 L. Jack Lutz Republican A+
IN State House 39 Gerald Torr Republican A
IN State House 41 Timothy Brown Republican A
IN State House 43 Clyde Kersey Democratic A
IN State House 53 Bob Cherry Republican A
IN State House 54 Thomas Saunders Republican A
IN State House 58 Charles Burton Republican A+
IN State House 88 Brian Bosma Republican A+
IN State House 91 Robert Behning Republican A
IN State House 93 David Frizzell Republican A
IN State House 96 Gregory Porter Democratic F
IN State House 99 Vanessa Summers Democratic F
IN State Senate 1 Frank Mrvan, Jr. Democratic D
IN State Senate 6 Sue Landske Republican A-
IN State Senate 11 Joseph Zakas Republican A
IN State Senate 14 Dennis Kruse Republican A
IN State Senate 15 Thomas Wyss Republican A+
IN State Senate 21 James Buck Republican A
IN State Senate 27 Allen Paul Republican A+
IN State Senate 31 Jim Merritt, Jr. Republican A
IN State Senate 35 R. Michael Young Republican A++
IN State Senate 39 John Waterman Republican A++
IN State Senate 43 Johnny Nugent Republican A++
IN State Senate 44 Brent Steele Republican A++
IN State Senate 48 Lindel Hume Democratic A
IN State Senate 50 Vaneta Becker Republican B
IN Commissioner 2 Matthew Whetstone Republican A
R. Tiny Adams D-
Robert Alderman A++
Rose Ann Antich-Carr B+
James Atterholt A
Dennis Avery D
Ralph Donald Ayres A
Bailey A+
Robert Bischoff A+
Mark Blade C
Richard Bodiker, Sr. A+
James Bottorff A
Mary Kay Budak B
Lawrence Buell, Sr. A
Duane Cheney F
J. Murray Clark A
William Cochran A-
Gary Cook A
William Crawford F
Allie Craycraft, Jr. A-
David Crooks A+
Susan Crosby D
John Day F
Jerry Denbo A++
Mae Dickinson F
Gary Dillon D
Chester Dobis B+
Cleo Duncan A+
Michael Dvorak F
Jeffrey Espich A+
Ralph Foley A
David Ford A
John Gregory Frenz A
Craig Fry A+
Robert Garton A++
Benjamin GiaQuinta, Sr. D
Gloria Goeglein A
John Gregg A+
Dale Grubb A+
Joseph Harrison A+
Brian Hasler D
Robert Hoffman B
Steven Johnson A
Thomas Kromkowski A
Mark Kruzan D
Robert Daniel Kuzman B+
Claire Leuck C
James Lewis, Jr. A++
Ronald Liggett A+
Jeffrey Linder A
Markt Lance Lytle A+
Edmund Mahern F
Richard Mangus A++
Paul Mannweiler A+
Richard McClain A
Scott Mellinger C
Dean Mock A
Winfield Moses, Jr. C
Bruce Munson A
Michael Murphy A
Dennie Oxley II A
Phyllis Pond A
Michael Ripley A
Paul Robertson C
William Ruppel A+
Sue Scholer B+
Michael Smith A++
Dan Stevenson, Sr. B
Russell Stilwell A
W. Dale Sturtz B
Vern Tincher A+
John Ulmer A
Jesse Villalpando D-
Harold Wheeler A
Dean Young A
David Yount, Sr. A

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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