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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

1997 Spending Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 56%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 57%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 57%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 79%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 85%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 61%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 21%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 82%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 26%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 36%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 31%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 54%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 28%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 28%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 85%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 22%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 42%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 78%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 32%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 14%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 30%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 28%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 16%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 56%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 17%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 48%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 54%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 66%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 26%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 24%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 55%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 62%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 23%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 53%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 75%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 29%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 58%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 23%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 29%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 23%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 49%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 17%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 36%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 78%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 71%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 52%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 84%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 56%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 44%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 84%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 39%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 32%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 26%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 28%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 30%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 23%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 29%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 18%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 30%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 62%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 33%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 58%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 67%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 33%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 29%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 27%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 13%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 33%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 57%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 16%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 68%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 46%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 34%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 74%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 16%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 67%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 25%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 66%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 38%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 59%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 61%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 47%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 34%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 31%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 48%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 27%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 21%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 36%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 35%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 31%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 21%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 22%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 36%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 25%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 32%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 74%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 55%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 16%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 27%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 37%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 56%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 67%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 58%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 52%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 81%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 69%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 28%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 40%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 34%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 31%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 40%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 57%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 12%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 78%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 19%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 65%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 19%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 54%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 75%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 65%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 53%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 61%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 64%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 51%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 64%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 24%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 55%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 28%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 18%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 62%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 42%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 70%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 14%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 61%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 34%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 49%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 26%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 29%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 57%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 23%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 32%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 14%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 42%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 84%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 76%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 43%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 16%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 26%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 81%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 80%
Gary Ackerman 27%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 12%
Wayne Allard 81%
Thomas Allen 28%
Rob Andrews 38%
Bill Archer 55%
Richard Armey 60%
John Ashcroft 85%
Henry Scott Baesler 28%
Richard Hugh Baker 47%
Cass Ballenger 58%
James Barcia 39%
Bob Barr, Jr. 72%
Bill Barrett 47%
Roscoe Bartlett 64%
Charlie Bass 62%
Herbert Bateman 39%
Max Baucus 48%
Bob Bennett 69%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 29%
Douglas Bereuter 44%
Howard Berman 27%
Marion Berry 34%
Brian Bilbray 53%
Michael Bilirakis 48%
Jeff Bingaman 23%
Rod Blagojevich 29%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 51%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
Kit Bond 71%
Henry Bonilla 52%
David Edward Bonior 31%
Robert Borski, Jr. 15%
Leonard Boswell 34%
Rick Boucher 15%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 32%
John Breaux 46%
George Brown, Jr. 21%
Richard Bryan 48%
Ed Bryant 62%

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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