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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Americans for Democratic Action

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 5%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 10%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 85%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 95%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 15%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 30%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 5%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 5%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 15%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 80%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 10%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 85%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 5%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 5%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 10%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 5%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 10%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 75%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 92%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 80%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 10%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 70%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 55%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 90%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 95%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 15%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 25%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 30%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 30%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 85%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 20%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 15%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 75%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 15%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 90%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 15%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 10%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 78%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 55%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 80%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 10%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 95%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 55%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 36 Steve Stockman Republican 20%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 5%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 5%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 65%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 5%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 20%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 20%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 85%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 85%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 75%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 15%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Wayne Allard 10%
Rob Andrews 65%
Bill Archer 5%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 5%
Henry Scott Baesler 60%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
William Baker 5%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 45%
Bob Barr, Jr. 5%
Bill Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Charlie Bass 0%
Herbert Bateman 15%
Max Baucus 85%
Anthony Beilenson 90%
Bob Bennett 5%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 75%
Douglas Bereuter 20%
Howard Berman 90%
Tom Bevill 35%
Brian Bilbray 20%
Michael Bilirakis 5%
Jeff Bingaman 95%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Peter Blute 45%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
Kit Bond 10%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Sonny Bono 0%
Robert Borski, Jr. 80%
Rick Boucher 65%
Bill Bradley 85%
John Breaux 60%
Bill Brewster 25%
Glen Browder 40%
George Brown, Jr. 90%
Hank Brown 5%
Richard Bryan 85%
Ed Bryant 0%
John Bryant 65%
Dale Bumpers 85%
Jim Bunn 25%
Jim Bunning 5%
Conrad Burns 5%
Dan Burton 10%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 70%
Herbert Callahan 0%
Ben Campbell 45%
Thomas Campbell 40%
Mike Castle 25%
John Chafee 40%
Jim Chapman 50%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 10%
Jon Lynn Christensen 5%
Dick Chrysler 5%
William Clay, Sr. 80%
Eva Clayton 100%
Robert Clement 60%
William Clinger 10%
William Cohen 25%

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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