Rating Group: Vietnam Veterans of America

1997-1998 Positions

Issues: Veterans
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 25%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 0%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 17%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 33%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 40%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 0%
AZ U.S. House-5 Matt Salmon R 50%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 50%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 50%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 33%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 33%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 50%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 40%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 40%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 33%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 17%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 17%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 60%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 17%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 17%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 50%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 50%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 67%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 20%
CO Commissioner-2 Scott McInnis 20%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 33%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 33%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 33%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 50%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 40%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 50%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 50%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 50%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 50%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 17%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 33%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 50%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 33%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutiérrez D 33%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 50%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 17%
IN U.S. Senate-Sr Daniel Coats R 17%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 33%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 0%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 33%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 0%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 0%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 33%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 40%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 60%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 33%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 67%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 50%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 50%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 33%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 0%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 17%
ME Councilor-At-Large Joseph Baldacci D 33%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 33%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 33%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 33%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 40%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 33%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 60%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 0%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 20%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 33%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 50%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 50%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 67%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 50%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 50%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 33%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 33%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 33%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 50%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 50%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 50%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 33%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 40%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 40%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 40%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 50%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 50%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 25%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano Other 60%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 50%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 33%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 33%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 67%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 33%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 50%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 20%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 33%
OH Governor John Kasich R 33%
OH State Senate-28 Thomas Sawyer D 33%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 0%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 17%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 17%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 50%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 33%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 80%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 40%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 33%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 33%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 33%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 60%
SC U.S. House-1 Mark Sanford, Jr. R 40%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 33%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 33%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 33%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 40%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 67%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 20%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 17%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 50%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 40%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 33%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 33%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 40%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 17%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 50%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 17%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 0%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 17%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 17%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 50%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 60%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 50%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 50%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 50%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 33%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 33%
WI Mayor-At-Large Tom Barrett N/A 50%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 17%
Neil Abercrombie 33%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 0%
Gary Ackerman 33%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 40%
Wayne Allard 17%
Thomas Allen 33%
Rob Andrews 50%
Bill Archer 20%
Richard Armey 17%
John Ashcroft 17%
Spencer Bachus 33%
Henry Scott Baesler 50%
Richard Hugh Baker 33%
Cass Ballenger 60%
James Barcia 33%
Bob Barr, Jr. 33%
Bill Barrett 33%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
Charlie Bass 17%
Herbert Bateman 20%
Max Baucus 40%
Bob Bennett 17%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 33%
Douglas Bereuter 17%
Howard Berman 50%
Marion Berry 50%
Brian Bilbray 50%
Michael Bilirakis 50%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
Rod Blagojevich 17%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 17%
Sherwood Boehlert 17%
Kit Bond 17%
Henry Bonilla 67%
David Edward Bonior 33%
Mary Bono Mack 33%
Robert Borski, Jr. 50%
Leonard Boswell 33%
Rick Boucher 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 50%
John Breaux 50%
George Brown, Jr. 17%
Richard Bryan 50%
Ed Bryant 50%
Dale Bumpers 60%
Jim Bunning 33%
Conrad Burns 0%
Dan Burton 25%
Steve Buyer 33%
Robert Byrd 50%
Herbert Callahan 20%
Dave Camp 17%
Ben Campbell 33%
Thomas Campbell 50%
Chris Cannon 17%
Julia Carson 33%
Mike Castle 50%
John Chafee 0%
Saxby Chambliss 17%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 50%
Jon Lynn Christensen 50%
William Clay, Sr. 50%
Eva Clayton 20%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 17%
Robert Clement 33%
Howard Coble 50%
Thomas Coburn 67%
Michael Collins 33%
Larry Combest 17%
Gary Condit 17%
Kent Conrad 50%
Merrill Cook 33%
John Cooksey 33%
Jerry Costello 33%
Paul Coverdell 17%
Christopher Cox 50%
William Coyne 50%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 33%
Philip Crane 33%
Barbara Cubin 33%
Randall Cunningham 33%
Alfonse D'Amato 33%
Patsy Ann Danner 33%
Thomas Daschle 50%
James Davis 40%
Thomas Davis III 33%
Bill Delahunt 33%
Thomas DeLay 33%
Peter Deutsch 20%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 17%
Jay Dickey 50%
Norm Dicks 50%
John Dingell 40%
Julian Dixon 25%
Chris Dodd 40%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 40%
John Doolittle 50%
Byron Dorgan 50%
David Dreier 17%
Jennifer Dunn 17%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 20%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 33%
Jo Ann Emerson 50%
Philip English 33%
John Ensign 33%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 33%
Terry Everett 33%
Thomas Ewing 17%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 50%
Harris Fawell 0%
Victor Fazio 40%
Russ Feingold 50%
Bob Filner 50%
Mark Foley 20%
Michael Patrick Forbes 40%
Harold Ford, Jr. 33%
Wendell Ford 80%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 40%
Tillie Fowler 17%
Jon David Fox 33%
Barney Frank 50%
Robert Franks 33%
William Frist 0%
Jonas Frost III 33%
Elizabeth Furse 0%
Elton Gallegly 33%
John Ganske 33%
Sam Gejdenson 33%
George Gekas 33%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 50%
Jim Gibbons 33%
Wayne Gilchrest 0%
Paul Gillmor 17%
Benjamin Gilman 50%
Newt Gingrich 0%
John Glenn 25%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 50%
William Goodling 33%
Bart Gordon 33%
Slade Gorton 17%
Porter Goss 33%
Daniel Graham 33%
William Phillip Gramm 17%
Rodney Grams 17%
James Greenwood 17%
Judd Gregg 0%
Gilbert Gutknecht 33%
Charles Hagel 0%
Ralph Hall 50%
Tony Hall 33%
Lee Hamilton 40%
James Hansen 33%
Tom Harkin 50%
Jane Harman 25%
J. Dennis Hastert 33%
Doc Hastings 33%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 60%
Joel Hefley 60%
W.G. Hefner 33%
Jesse Helms 25%
Wally Herger, Jr. 33%
Rick Hill 33%
Van Hilleary 50%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 50%
Maurice Hinchey 50%
David Lee Hobson 50%
Pete Hoekstra 40%
Thomas Holden 50%
Ernest Hollings 67%
Darlene Hooley 33%
Stephen Horn 33%
John Nathan Hostettler 33%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 17%
Kenny Hulshof 20%
Duncan Hunter 50%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 17%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Henry Hyde 40%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 50%
Daniel Inouye 33%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 40%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 50%
William Jefferson 33%
James Merrill Jeffords 33%
William Lewis Jenkins 33%
Christopher John 33%
Jay Johnson 33%
Nancy Johnson 33%
Timothy Johnson 50%
Paul Kanjorski 33%
Sue Kelly 33%
Dirk Kempthorne 0%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 60%
Joseph Kennedy II 20%
Patrick Kennedy 67%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 33%
Bob Kerrey 33%
Dale Kildee 50%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 33%
Jay Kim 17%
Jack Kingston 60%
Gerald Kleczka 33%
Ronald Klink 33%
Scott Klug 40%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
Herb Kohl 50%
James Kolbe 17%
Dennis Kucinich 50%
Jon Kyl 25%
John LaFalce 0%
Ray LaHood 33%
Nicholas Lampson 40%
Mary Landrieu 50%
Tom Lantos 33%
Stephen Largent 50%
Tom Latham 17%
Steve LaTourette 17%
Frank Lautenberg 50%
Rick Lazio 17%
James Leach 17%
Carl Levin 33%
Jerry Lewis 0%
Ron Lewis 33%
Joe Lieberman 33%
John Linder 20%
William Lipinski 50%
Robert Livingston 0%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Dick Lugar 0%
William Luther 17%
Connie Mack 0%
James Maloney 33%
Thomas Manton 33%
Don Manzullo 20%
Matthew Martinez 33%
Frank Mascara 33%
Robert Matsui 50%
Carolyn McCarthy 50%
Karen McCarthy 33%
Bill McCollum 50%
James McCrery III 20%
Joseph McDade 0%
Paul McHale 33%
John McHugh 17%
David McIntosh 33%
Mike McIntyre 67%
Buck McKeon 17%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 33%
Michael McNulty 83%
Martin Meehan 50%
Carrie Meek 17%
Jack Metcalf 33%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 33%
Dan Miller 50%
George Miller 33%
David Minge 50%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 50%
John Moakley 50%
Alan Mollohan 25%
Jim Moran, Jr. 33%
Constance Morella 50%
Carol Moseley Braun 50%
Patrick Moynihan 33%
Frank Murkowski 0%
Jack Murtha 33%
Sue Myrick 50%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 33%
Mark Neumann 33%
Robert William Ney 33%
Don Nickles 0%
Anne Northup 33%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 33%
James Nussle 17%
Jim Oberstar 33%
Dave Obey 60%
John Olver 17%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 33%
Major Owens 33%
Michael Oxley 17%
Ronald Packard 40%
Michael Pappas 33%
Mike Parker 20%
Ed Pastor 33%
Ron Paul 80%
William Paxon 17%
Donald Payne 33%
Edward Pease 17%
John Peterson 33%
Tom Petri 17%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 17%
Owen Pickett 33%
Richard Pombo 50%
Earl Pomeroy 20%
John Edward Porter 50%
Glenn Poshard 33%
Deborah Pryce 17%
Jack Quinn 60%
George Radanovich 33%
Nick Rahall II 60%
James Ramstad 17%
Bill Redmond 17%
Ralph Regula 33%
Silvestre Reyes 50%
Frank Riggs 25%
Bob Riley 33%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 50%
Charles Robb 17%
Jay Rockefeller IV 60%
Ciro Rodriguez 33%
Timothy Roemer 33%
James Rogan 17%
William Roth, Jr. 20%
Steve Rothman 33%
Marge Roukema 33%
Jim Ryun 50%
Martin Olav Sabo 40%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 33%
Rick Santorum 0%
Paul Sarbanes 50%
Jim Saxton 33%
Joe Scarborough 50%
Daniel Schaefer 50%
Robert Schaffer 33%
John Shadegg 67%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 17%
Christopher Shays 33%
E.G. Shuster 33%
Norman Sisisky 33%
David Skaggs 0%
Joseph Skeen 17%
Ike Skelton 33%
Gordon Smith 0%
Linda Smith 100%
Nick Smith 33%
Robert Smith 20%
Bob Smith 17%
Vincent Snowbarger 50%
Olympia Snowe 17%
Vic Snyder 33%
Gerald B.H. Solomon 33%
Mark Souder 75%
Arlen Specter 40%
Floyd Spence 50%
John Spratt, Jr. 33%
Pete Stark 50%
Cliff Stearns 33%
Charles Stenholm 40%
Ted Stevens 0%
Louis Stokes 33%
Ted Strickland 67%
Bob Stump 50%
Bart Stupak 50%
John Sununu 17%
James Talent 33%
John Tanner 20%
Ellen Tauscher 33%
William Tauzin 33%
Charles Taylor 20%
Gene Taylor 67%
Craig Thomas 0%
William Thomas 17%
Fred Thompson 17%
Karen Thurman 50%
Strom Thurmond 17%
Todd Tiahrt 50%
John Tierney 33%
Esteban Edward Torres 40%
Robert Torricelli 40%
Ed Towns 75%
James Traficant, Jr. 50%
James Turner 60%
Bruce Vento 33%
James Walsh 17%
Zach Wamp 40%
John Warner 0%
Wesley Watkins 17%
Mel Watt 33%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 33%
Henry Waxman 50%
David Weldon 50%
W. Curtis Weldon 17%
Gerald Weller 17%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Robert Wexler 40%
Bob Weygand 33%
Rick White 33%
Bob Wise, Jr. 33%
Frank Wolf 50%
Albert Wynn 33%
Sidney Yates 100%
Bill Young 25%

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