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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Associated Builders & Contractors

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 27%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 100%
Gary Ackerman 27%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 91%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 29%
Wayne Allard 86%
Thomas Allen 27%
Rob Andrews 36%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 86%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 82%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 27%
Cass Ballenger 91%
James Barcia 45%
Bob Barr, Jr. 91%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 18%
Bill Barrett 82%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 82%
Charlie Bass 91%
Herbert Bateman 100%
Max Baucus 43%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 18%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 18%
Douglas Bereuter 82%
Howard Berman 33%
Marion Berry 36%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 43%
Brian Bilbray 73%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 29%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 45%
Rod Blagojevich 27%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 9%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 36%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 91%
Kit Bond 86%
Henry Bonilla 90%
David Edward Bonior 27%
Mary Bono Mack 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 9%
Leonard Boswell 45%
Rick Boucher 18%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 29%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 45%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
John Breaux 43%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 22%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 9%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Richard Bryan 43%
Ed Bryant 100%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 91%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 100%
Robert Byrd 14%
Herbert Callahan 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
Ben Campbell 57%
Thomas Campbell 55%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 100%
Chris Cannon 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 29%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 20%
Julia Carson 27%
Mike Castle 64%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 91%
John Chafee 86%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 100%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 82%
William Clay, Sr. 9%
Eva Clayton 27%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 43%
Robert Clement 27%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 18%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
Michael Collins 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 86%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 45%
Kent Conrad 29%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 11%
Merrill Cook 91%
John Cooksey 100%
Jerry Costello 27%
Paul Coverdell 100%
Christopher Cox 82%
William Coyne 18%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 45%
Philip Crane 82%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 90%
Barbara Cubin 82%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 18%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Patsy Ann Danner 45%
Thomas Daschle 29%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 9%
James Davis 18%
Thomas Davis III 91%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 82%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 9%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 18%
Bill Delahunt 9%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 27%
Thomas DeLay 100%
Peter Deutsch 18%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 64%
Jay Dickey 100%
Norm Dicks 27%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 0%
Julian Dixon 20%
Chris Dodd 29%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 27%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 86%
Calvin Dooley 27%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 29%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 27%
David Dreier 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 91%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 29%
Chet Edwards 18%
Vern Ehlers 91%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 100%
Jo Ann Emerson 91%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 20%
Philip English 73%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 86%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 27%
Bob Etheridge 36%
Lane Evans 18%
Terry Everett 100%
Thomas Ewing 91%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 27%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 27%
Russ Feingold 14%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 29%
Bob Filner 9%
Mark Foley 91%
Michael Patrick Forbes 45%
Harold Ford, Jr. 33%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 100%
Tillie Fowler 100%
Barney Frank 9%
Robert Franks 73%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 91%
William Frist 100%
Jonas Frost III 27%
Elton Gallegly 91%
John Ganske 73%
Sam Gejdenson 27%
George Gekas 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 9%
Jim Gibbons 91%
Wayne Gilchrest 82%
Paul Gillmor 82%
Benjamin Gilman 60%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 82%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
William Goodling 100%
Bart Gordon 45%
Slade Gorton 100%
Porter Goss 90%
Daniel Graham 43%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 82%
William Phillip Gramm 86%
Rodney Grams 86%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 36%
James Greenwood 91%
Judd Gregg 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 10%
Gilbert Gutknecht 91%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 73%
Tony Hall 27%
James Hansen 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 43%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 91%
Joel Hefley 100%
Jesse Helms 83%

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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