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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Americans for Democratic Action

1998 Positions

Issues: Liberal , Liberal , Social
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 95%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 5%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 10%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 85%
Wayne Allard 5%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 95%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 5%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 5%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 95%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 90%
Robert Barr, Jr. 5%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 95%
Bill Barrett 15%
Roscoe Bartlett 5%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 5%
Charlie Bass 10%
Herbert Bateman 5%
Max Baucus 80%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
Bob Bennett 10%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 95%
Douglas Bereuter 5%
Howard Berman 90%
Marion Berry 70%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 85%
Brian Bilbray 20%
Michael Bilirakis 5%
Jeff Bingaman 85%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 70%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 95%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 15%
Henry Bonilla 10%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
Robert Borski, Jr. 90%
Leonard Boswell 65%
Rick Boucher 95%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 65%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 50%
John Breaux 75%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Richard Bryan 95%
Ed Bryant 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
Dan Burton 5%
Steve Buyer 15%
Robert Byrd 80%
Herbert Callahan 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 10%
Ben Campbell 25%
Thomas Campbell 35%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 5%
Chris Cannon 5%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 95%
Julia Carson 95%
Mike Castle 30%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
John Chafee 45%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 20%
William Clay, Sr. 85%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 85%
Robert Clement 85%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 95%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 10%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
Michael Collins 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 35%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 90%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 80%
Merrill Cook 15%
John Cooksey 0%
Jerry Costello 90%
Paul Coverdell 0%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 5%
Robert Cramer 65%
Philip Crane 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
Barbara Cubin 5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Patsy Ann Danner 60%
Thomas Daschle 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
James Davis 85%
Thomas Davis III 15%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 10%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Peter Deutsch 95%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 10%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 25%
Jay Dickey 5%
Norm Dicks 95%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 85%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 95%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 5%
Calvin Dooley 85%
John Doolittle 5%
Byron Dorgan 90%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 80%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 15%
Jennifer Dunn 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
Chet Edwards 90%
Vern Ehlers 25%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 5%
Jo Ann Emerson 5%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
Philip English 35%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
Bob Etheridge 80%
Lane Evans 90%
Terry Everett 5%
Thomas Ewing 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
Russ Feingold 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
Bob Filner 100%
Mark Foley 20%
Michael Patrick Forbes 65%
Harold Ford, Jr. 80%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0%
Tillie Fowler 5%
Barney Frank 100%
Robert Franks 25%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 10%
William Frist 5%
Jonas Frost III 95%
Elton Gallegly 15%
John Ganske 5%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
George Gekas 10%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 90%
Jim Gibbons 20%
Wayne Gilchrest 35%
Paul Gillmor 5%
Benjamin Gilman 45%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 30%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
William Goodling 5%
Bart Gordon 90%
Slade Gorton 0%
Porter Goss 5%
Daniel Graham 85%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 15%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 95%
James Greenwood 25%
Judd Gregg 5%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
Gilbert Gutknecht 5%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 15%
Tony Hall 75%
James Hansen 5%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 95%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 5%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 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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