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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Vietnam Veterans of America

1997-1998 Positions

Issues: Veterans
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 25%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 33%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 33%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 17%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 50%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 33%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 67%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 50%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 20%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 33%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 33%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 33%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 40%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 50%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 60%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 50%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 50%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 17%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 50%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 33%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 17%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 17%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 50%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 33%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 33%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 33%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 17%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 50%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 33%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 17%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 33%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 33%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 40%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 33%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 33%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 60%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 33%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 50%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 17%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 33%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 17%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 33%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 33%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 40%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 40%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 33%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 33%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 60%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 33%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 20%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 67%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 50%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 67%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 33%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 33%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 33%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 50%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 50%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 40%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 33%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 33%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 50%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 33%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 33%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 67%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 33%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 0%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 33%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 17%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 17%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 67%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 33%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 80%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 40%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 33%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 33%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 33%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 40%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 33%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 60%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 50%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 33%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 67%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 40%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 40%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 17%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 17%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 17%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 33%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 50%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 60%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 33%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 50%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 50%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 50%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 33%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 33%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 17%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 50%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 60%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 60%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 17%
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%
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%

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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