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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Ohio Public Interest Research Group

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Dixie Allen 50%
Jeffry Armbruster 44%
James Aslanides 25%
Steve Austria 33%
Catherine Barrett 63%
Charles Blasdel II 38%
Louis Blessing, Jr. 33%
John Boccieri 75%
OH Council Member 3 Daniel Brady 78%
Tom Brinkman, Jr. 38%
Stephen Buehrer 38%
James Callender 38%
Charles Calvert 38%
Kenneth Carano, Sr. 63%
John Carey, Jr. 38%
James Carmichael 38%
Jim Carnes 44%
Gary Cates 38%
Mary Cirelli 75%
Patricia Clancy 38%
Thom Collier 38%
Kevin Coughlin 44%
Michael DeBose 100%
Dean DePiero 63%
Kevin DeWine 29%
Gregory DiDonato 67%
L. George Distel 63%
Steve Driehaus 63%
David Evans 38%
Diana Fessler 38%
Eric Fingerhut 89%
Larry Flowers 38%
Robert Gardner 56%
Michael Gilb 38%
David Goodman 0%
Timothy Grendell 43%
John Hagan 38%
Bill Harris 33%
William Hartnett 63%
Leigh Herington 78%
Nancy Hollister 38%
James Hoops 38%
Larry Householder 38%
Jeff Jacobson 56%
Ed Jerse 63%
Gregory Jolivette 38%
Merle Grace Kearns 38%
Annie Key 63%
Sally Conway Kilbane 25%
Joseph Koziura 50%
Mark Mallory 78%
Lance Mason 100%
Jim McGregor 0%
OH Council Member 2 Dale Miller 88%
I. Miller, Jr. 50%
Larry Mumper 33%
Scott Nein 33%
Thomas Niehaus 38%
Lynn Olman 38%
Robert Otterman 75%
Sylvester Patton, Jr. 63%
Jeanine Perry 75%
Jon Peterson 38%
C.J. Prentiss 67%
Tom Raga 38%
Linda Reidelbach 38%
Steve Reinhard 38%
Jean Schmidt 25%
Michelle Schneider 38%
Derrick Seaver 50%
Arlene Setzer 38%
OH Council Member At-Large Daniel Sferra 63%
Geoffrey Smith 38%
Robert Spada 44%
Barbara Ann Sykes 75%
James Trakas 38%
Shawn Webster 38%
Doug White 33%
John White 38%
John Widowfield 25%
John Willamowski 38%
Bryan Williams 38%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 63%
Larry Wolpert 38%
Claudette Woodard 63%
OH U.S. House 3 Joyce Beatty Democratic 88%
OH State Senate 11 Edna Brown Democratic 50%
OH State House 45 Teresa Fedor Democratic 63%
OH State House 58 Robert Hagan Democratic 67%
OH State House 89 Chris Redfern Democratic 63%
OH State Senate 21 Shirley Smith Democratic 63%
OH State House 39 Frederick Strahorn Democratic 63%
OH State House 1 Ron Amstutz Republican 33%
OH Commissioner At-Large Anthony Core Republican 38%
OH State Senate 12 Keith Faber Republican 38%
OH State Senate 2 Randall Gardner Republican 44%
OH State House 71 Jay Hottinger Republican 33%
OH State Senate 16 James Hughes Republican 38%
OH Secretary of State Jon Husted Republican 38%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 33%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 38%
OH State Senate 29 W. Scott Oelslager Republican 44%
OH State Senate 31 Tim Schaffer Republican 38%
OH State House 48 Kirk Schuring Republican 38%
OH State Senate 8 William Seitz Republican 38%
OH State House 81 Lynn Wachtmann Republican 33%
OH State House 61 Ronald Young Republican 38%

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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