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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Americans for Democratic Action

1997 Positions

Issues: Liberal , Social , Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 15%
Gary Ackerman 80%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 85%
Bill Archer 5%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 50%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 10%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 5%
Bill Barrett 5%
Roscoe Bartlett 5%
Charlie Bass 15%
Herbert Bateman 15%
Max Baucus 65%
Bob Bennett 10%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 75%
Douglas Bereuter 20%
Howard Berman 80%
Marion Berry 75%
Brian Bilbray 15%
Michael Bilirakis 10%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
Rod Blagojevich 90%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
Sherwood Boehlert 55%
Kit Bond 15%
Henry Bonilla 5%
David Edward Bonior 85%
Sonny Bono 5%
Robert Borski, Jr. 75%
Leonard Boswell 65%
Rick Boucher 85%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 55%
John Breaux 55%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
Richard Bryan 70%
Ed Bryant 5%
Dale Bumpers 95%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 15%
Dan Burton 5%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 70%
Herbert Callahan 5%
Ben Campbell 25%
Thomas Campbell 50%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 10%
Chris Cannon 10%
Walter Holden Capps 80%
Julia Carson 90%
Mike Castle 50%
John Chafee 55%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
Jon Lynn Christensen 5%
William Clay, Sr. 95%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 75%
Robert Clement 55%
Michael Collins 5%
Larry Combest 10%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 65%
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%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Alfonse D'Amato 35%
Patsy Ann Danner 50%
Thomas Daschle 80%
James Davis 75%
Thomas Davis III 25%
Bill Delahunt 95%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Ronald Dellums 80%
Peter Deutsch 80%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 20%
Jay Dickey 5%
Norm Dicks 70%
Julian Dixon 90%
Chris Dodd 90%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 25%
Calvin Dooley 65%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 80%
David Dreier 0%
Jennifer Dunn 0%
Chet Edwards 60%
Vern Ehlers 35%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 0%
Jo Ann Emerson 5%
Philip English 20%
John Ensign 5%
Bob Etheridge 65%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 0%
Thomas Ewing 20%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 5%
Harris Fawell 35%
Victor Fazio 85%
Russ Feingold 95%
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%
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%
William Goodling 10%
Bart Gordon 60%
Slade Gorton 20%
Porter Goss 10%
Daniel Graham 60%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 0%
James Greenwood 55%
Judd Gregg 10%
Gilbert Gutknecht 15%
Tony Hall 70%
Lee Hamilton 65%
James Hansen 0%
Jane Harman 60%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 5%
Joel Hefley 5%
W.G. Hefner 65%
Jesse Helms 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 5%
Rick Hill 0%
Van Hilleary 5%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 80%
Maurice Hinchey 95%
David Lee Hobson 5%
Pete Hoekstra 15%
Thomas Holden 50%
Ernest Hollings 75%
Darlene Hooley 90%
Stephen Horn 50%
John Nathan Hostettler 5%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 45%
Kenny Hulshof 15%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Asa Hutchinson 10%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 0%
Kay Hutchison 5%
Henry Hyde 20%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 5%
Daniel Inouye 75%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 75%
James Merrill Jeffords 45%
William Lewis Jenkins 5%
Christopher John 40%
Jay Johnson 75%
Nancy Johnson 55%
Paul Kanjorski 90%
Sue Kelly 40%
Dirk Kempthorne 5%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Joseph Kennedy II 100%
Patrick Kennedy 80%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 90%
Bob Kerrey 75%
Dale Kildee 80%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Jay Kim 10%
Gerald Kleczka 70%
Ronald Klink 65%
Scott Klug 30%

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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