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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

1998 Spending Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 48%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 64%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 74%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 46%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 59%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 73%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 82%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 14%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 14%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 31%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 51%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 49%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 24%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 81%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 21%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 13%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 12%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 54%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 28%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 50%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 53%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 49%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 69%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 22%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 29%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 73%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 12%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 56%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 10%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 48%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 51%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 11%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 18%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 50%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 17%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 56%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 55%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 68%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 63%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 47%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 46%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 9%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 14%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 10%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 16%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 21%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 10%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 27%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 22%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 14%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 53%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 13%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 16%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 14%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 50%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 51%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 15%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 12%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 22%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 28%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 54%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 57%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 53%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 12%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 15%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 66%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 13%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 75%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 77%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 18%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 62%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 25%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 14%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 46%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 48%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 21%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 14%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 57%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 24%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 52%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 26%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 19%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 21%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 15%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 34%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 73%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 82%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 66%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 18%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 69%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 17%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 49%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 74%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 78%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 55%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 21%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 23%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 31%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 15%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 54%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 10%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 72%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 90%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 13%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 12%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 48%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 65%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 75%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 49%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 69%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 10%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 14%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 24%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 15%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 70%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 28%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 57%
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 32%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 66%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 14%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 21%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 13%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 59%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 25%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 29%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 40%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 87%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 70%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 42%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 6%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 14%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 70%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 65%
Gary Ackerman 14%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 9%
Wayne Allard 74%
Thomas Allen 12%
Rob Andrews 27%
Bill Archer 65%
Richard Armey 55%
John Ashcroft 80%
Richard Hugh Baker 51%
Cass Ballenger 69%
James Barcia 24%
Bob Barr, Jr. 76%
Bill Barrett 61%
Roscoe Bartlett 66%
Charlie Bass 47%
Herbert Bateman 43%
Max Baucus 22%
Bob Bennett 50%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 27%
Douglas Bereuter 33%
Howard Berman 17%
Marion Berry 30%
Brian Bilbray 52%
Michael Bilirakis 53%
Jeff Bingaman 14%
Rod Blagojevich 14%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 50%
Sherwood Boehlert 28%
Kit Bond 53%
Henry Bonilla 66%
David Edward Bonior 16%
Mary Bono Mack 53%
Robert Borski, Jr. 13%
Leonard Boswell 23%
Rick Boucher 13%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 28%
John Breaux 15%

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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