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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Americans for Democratic Action

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 95%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 15%
Gary Ackerman 80%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 85%
Bill Archer 5%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 50%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 95%
Cass Ballenger 10%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 5%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 90%
Bill Barrett 5%
Roscoe Bartlett 5%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 10%
Charlie Bass 15%
Herbert Bateman 15%
Max Baucus 65%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
Bob Bennett 10%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 75%
Douglas Bereuter 20%
Howard Berman 80%
Marion Berry 75%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 70%
Brian Bilbray 15%
Michael Bilirakis 10%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 75%
Rod Blagojevich 90%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 95%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 10%
Sherwood Boehlert 55%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 15%
Henry Bonilla 5%
David Edward Bonior 85%
Sonny Bono 5%
Robert Borski, Jr. 75%
Leonard Boswell 65%
Rick Boucher 85%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 55%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 5%
John Breaux 55%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 90%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Richard Bryan 70%
Ed Bryant 5%
Dale Bumpers 95%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 15%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
Dan Burton 5%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 70%
Herbert Callahan 5%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 20%
Ben Campbell 25%
Thomas Campbell 50%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 10%
Chris Cannon 10%
Walter Holden Capps 80%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
Julia Carson 90%
Mike Castle 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
John Chafee 55%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 5%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
Jon Lynn Christensen 5%
William Clay, Sr. 95%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 75%
Robert Clement 55%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 5%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 15%
Michael Collins 5%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
Larry Combest 10%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 65%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
Merrill Cook 5%
John Cooksey 10%
Jerry Costello 85%
Paul Coverdell 10%
Christopher Cox 10%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 5%
Robert Cramer 45%
Philip Crane 5%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
Barbara Cubin 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Alfonse D'Amato 35%
Patsy Ann Danner 50%
Thomas Daschle 80%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 75%
Thomas Davis III 25%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Ronald Dellums 80%
Peter Deutsch 80%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 15%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 20%
Jay Dickey 5%
Norm Dicks 70%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 80%
Julian Dixon 90%
Chris Dodd 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 25%
Calvin Dooley 65%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 80%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 65%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 10%
Jennifer Dunn 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 60%
Vern Ehlers 35%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 0%
Jo Ann Emerson 5%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 20%
John Ensign 5%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 65%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 0%
Thomas Ewing 20%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 5%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Harris Fawell 35%
Victor Fazio 85%
Russ Feingold 95%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
Bob Filner 95%
Thomas Foglietta 80%
Mark Foley 30%
Michael Patrick Forbes 30%
Harold Ford, Jr. 85%
Wendell Ford 75%
Tillie Fowler 5%
Jon David Fox 35%
Barney Frank 100%
Robert Franks 40%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 40%
William Frist 10%
Jonas Frost III 80%
Elizabeth Furse 95%
Elton Gallegly 5%
John Ganske 30%
Sam Gejdenson 95%
George Gekas 15%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 80%
Jim Gibbons 0%
Wayne Gilchrest 20%
Paul Gillmor 10%
Benjamin Gilman 50%
Newt Gingrich 0%
John Glenn 80%
Henry Gonzalez 45%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 25%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 10%
William Goodling 10%
Bart Gordon 60%
Slade Gorton 20%
Porter Goss 10%
Daniel Graham 60%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 5%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 75%

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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