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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Alliance for Retired Americans

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 0%
Wayne Allard 30%
George Allen 30%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
Brian Baird 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Cass Ballenger 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 0%
Max Baucus 80%
Evan Bayh 80%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 11%
Douglas Bereuter 10%
Shelley Berkley 90%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 80%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Judy Biggert 0%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 0%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 10%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 90%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 70%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
John Breaux 50%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 10%
Jim Bunning 30%
Conrad Burns 30%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 90%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
Ben Campbell 30%
Chris Cannon 0%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 70%
Brad Carson 80%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 0%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 86%
Hillary Clinton 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 10%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 30%
Michael Collins 10%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
Larry Combest 0%
Kent Conrad 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Jon Corzine 90%
Jerry Costello 90%
Christopher Cox 0%
Larry Craig 20%
Robert Cramer 50%
Philip Crane 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 30%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Thomas Daschle 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 90%
Jo Ann Davis 0%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
Thomas Davis III 0%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
Peter Deutsch 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 10%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 11%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 22%
Calvin Dooley 60%
John Doolittle 10%
Byron Dorgan 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
Jennifer Dunn 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
John Edwards 100%
Chet Edwards 78%
Vern Ehlers 0%
Jo Ann Emerson 11%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 0%
John Ensign 10%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 100%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
Michael Ferguson 0%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 30%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 20%
Ernest Fletcher 0%
Mark Foley 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
Harold Ford, Jr. 89%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0%
Barney Frank 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 0%
William Frist 0%
Jonas Frost III 100%
Elton Gallegly 0%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Jim Gibbons 0%
Wayne Gilchrest 0%
Paul Gillmor 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
Bart Gordon 80%
Porter Goss 0%
Daniel Graham 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
Mark Green 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
James Greenwood 0%
Judd Gregg 10%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 20%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 40%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
Jane Harman 80%
Melissa Hart 0%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 10%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Baron Hill 90%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 90%
David Lee Hobson 0%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 100%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Thomas Holden 90%
Ernest Hollings 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
Darlene Hooley 90%

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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