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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: People for the American Way

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 0%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 8%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 8%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 23%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 12%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 12%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 94%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 94%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 77%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 77%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 6%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 59%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 88%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 8%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 85%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 15%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 6%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 6%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 53%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 65%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 6%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 71%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 8%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 12%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 8%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 69%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 71%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 92%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 31%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 92%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 92%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 6%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 18%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 94%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 77%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 59%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 92%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 12%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 12%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 8%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 85%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 23%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 85%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 24%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 0%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 18%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 6%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 77%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 24%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 94%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 94%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 77%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 94%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 94%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 6%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 71%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 0%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 15%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 6%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 12%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 94%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 13%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 59%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 0%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 94%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 59%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 62%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 82%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 77%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 8%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 77%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 82%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 85%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 85%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 92%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 82%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 94%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 0%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 88%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 0%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 12%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 92%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 12%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 65%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 8%

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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