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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Charlie Rangel 71%
Ralph Regula 47%
Harry Reid 80%
Silvestre Reyes 85%
Bob Riley 40%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 80%
Charles Robb 67%
Jay Rockefeller IV 79%
Ciro Rodriguez 77%
Timothy Roemer 67%
James Rogan 27%
William Roth, Jr. 21%
Steve Rothman 73%
Marge Roukema 40%
Jim Ryun 27%
Martin Olav Sabo 71%
Matt Salmon 20%
Loretta Sanchez 79%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 67%
Rick Santorum 13%
Paul Sarbanes 73%
Thomas Sawyer 67%
Jim Saxton 33%
Joe Scarborough 36%
Robert Schaffer 33%
John Shadegg 20%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 33%
Christopher Shays 47%
E.G. Shuster 33%
Norman Sisisky 73%
Joseph Skeen 27%
Ike Skelton 67%
Gordon Smith 20%
Nick Smith 50%
Bob Smith 13%
Olympia Snowe 47%
Vic Snyder 60%
Mark Souder 50%
Arlen Specter 77%
Floyd Spence, Sr. 40%
John Spratt, Jr. 85%
Pete Stark 93%
Cliff Stearns 33%
Charles Stenholm 73%
Ted Stevens 27%
Ted Strickland 87%
Bob Stump 27%
Bart Stupak 73%
John Sununu 20%
James Talent 36%
John Tanner 77%
Ellen Tauscher 60%
William Tauzin II 27%
Charles Taylor 43%
Gene Taylor 73%
Craig Thomas 27%
William Thomas 27%
Fred Thompson 27%
Karen Thurman 80%
Strom Thurmond 13%
Todd Tiahrt 20%
John Tierney 79%
Robert Torricelli 73%
Ed Towns 71%
James Traficant, Jr. 73%
James Turner 67%
Bruce Vento 80%
James Walsh 60%
Zach Wamp 53%
John Warner 33%
Wesley Watkins 27%
Mel Watt 80%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 27%
Henry Waxman 73%
David Weldon 20%
W. Curtis Weldon 50%
Gerald Weller 47%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Robert Wexler 67%
Bob Weygand 80%
Ed Whitfield 40%
Heather Wilson 22%
Bob Wise, Jr. 73%
Frank Wolf 33%
Lynn Woolsey 87%
Albert Wynn 73%
Bill Young 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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