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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Vietnam Veterans of America

1997-1998 Positions

Issues: Veterans
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 33%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 0%
Gary Ackerman 33%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 33%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 40%
Wayne Allard 17%
Thomas Allen 33%
Rob Andrews 50%
Bill Archer 20%
Richard Armey 17%
John Ashcroft 17%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 33%
Henry Scott Baesler 50%
Richard Hugh Baker 33%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 33%
Cass Ballenger 60%
James Barcia 33%
Bob Barr, Jr. 33%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 50%
Bill Barrett 33%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 67%
Charlie Bass 17%
Herbert Bateman 20%
Max Baucus 40%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 17%
Bob Bennett 17%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 33%
Douglas Bereuter 17%
Howard Berman 50%
Marion Berry 50%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 50%
Brian Bilbray 50%
Michael Bilirakis 50%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 50%
Rod Blagojevich 17%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 17%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 33%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 60%
Sherwood Boehlert 17%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 20%
Kit Bond 17%
Henry Bonilla 67%
David Edward Bonior 33%
Mary Bono Mack 33%
Robert Borski, Jr. 50%
Leonard Boswell 33%
Rick Boucher 50%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 50%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 20%
John Breaux 50%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 33%
George Brown, Jr. 17%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 67%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Richard Bryan 50%
Ed Bryant 50%
Dale Bumpers 60%
Jim Bunning 33%
Conrad Burns 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 50%
Dan Burton 25%
Steve Buyer 33%
Robert Byrd 50%
Herbert Callahan 20%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 17%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 17%
Ben Campbell 33%
Thomas Campbell 50%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 50%
Chris Cannon 17%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 33%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 50%
Julia Carson 33%
Mike Castle 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 50%
John Chafee 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 17%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 50%
Jon Lynn Christensen 50%
William Clay, Sr. 50%
Eva Clayton 20%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 17%
Robert Clement 33%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 33%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 17%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 50%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 67%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
Michael Collins 33%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 17%
Larry Combest 17%
Gary Condit 17%
Kent Conrad 50%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 40%
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%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 33%
Barbara Cubin 33%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Randall Cunningham 33%
Alfonse D'Amato 33%
Patsy Ann Danner 33%
Thomas Daschle 50%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 50%
James Davis 40%
Thomas Davis III 33%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 50%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 80%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 20%
Bill Delahunt 33%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 33%
Thomas DeLay 33%
Peter Deutsch 20%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 17%
Jay Dickey 50%
Norm Dicks 50%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 40%
Julian Dixon 25%
Chris Dodd 40%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 17%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 40%
John Doolittle 50%
Byron Dorgan 50%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 33%
David Dreier 17%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 33%
Jennifer Dunn 17%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 50%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 20%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 33%
Jo Ann Emerson 50%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 50%
Philip English 33%
John Ensign 33%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 50%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 33%
Terry Everett 33%
Thomas Ewing 17%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 50%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 40%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 40%
Harris Fawell 0%
Victor Fazio 40%
Russ Feingold 50%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 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%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 50%
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%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 17%
William Goodling 33%
Bart Gordon 33%
Slade Gorton 17%
Porter Goss 33%
Daniel Graham 33%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 60%
William Phillip Gramm 17%
Rodney Grams 17%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 17%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 40%
James Greenwood 17%
Judd Gregg 0%

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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