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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Human Rights Campaign

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Pete Peterson 20%
Tom Petri 000%
Owen Pickett 11%
Richard Pombo 0%
Earl Pomeroy 33%
John Edward Porter 22%
Glenn Poshard 0%
Larry Pressler 0%
Deborah Pryce 44%
David Pryor 40%
Jack Quinn 33%
George Radanovich 0%
Nick Rahall II 11%
James Ramstad 22%
Charlie Rangel 89%
Harry Reid 68%
Bill Richardson 100%
Frank Riggs 33%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 100%
Charles Robb 100%
Jay Rockefeller IV 67%
Timothy Roemer 33%
Charles Rose III 75%
Toby Roth 0%
William Roth, Jr. 11%
Marge Roukema 11%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
Matt Salmon 0%
Rick Santorum 22%
Paul Sarbanes 89%
Thomas Sawyer 89%
Jim Saxton 22%
Joe Scarborough 0%
Daniel Schaefer 0%
Steven Schiff 44%
Pat Schroeder 100%
John Shadegg 0%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 11%
Christopher Shays 78%
E.G. Shuster 0%
Paul Simon 100%
Alan Simpson 40%
Norman Sisisky 11%
David Skaggs 100%
Joseph Skeen 000%
Ike Skelton 000%
Linda Smith 000%
Nick Smith 11%
Bob Smith 000%
Olympia Snowe 89%
Gerald B.H. Solomon 000%
Mark Souder 000%
Arlen Specter 89%
Floyd Spence, Sr. 0%
John Spratt, Jr. 11%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 0%
Charles Stenholm 000%
Ted Stevens 33%
Louis Stokes 100%
Gerry Studds 100%
Bob Stump 0%
Bart Stupak 56%
James Talent 0%
John Tanner 0%
William Tauzin II 000%
Charles Taylor 000%
Gene Taylor 000%
Frank Tejeda 0%
Craig Thomas 22%
William Thomas 44%
Fred Thompson 000%
Ray Thornton 20%
Karen Thurman 44%
Strom Thurmond 11%
Todd Tiahrt 000%
Peter Torkildsen 80%
Esteban Edward Torres 100%
Robert Torricelli 86%
Ed Towns 100%
James Traficant, Jr. 33%
Bruce Vento 89%
Harold Volkmer 0%
Barbara Vucanovich 0%
James Walsh 11%
Zach Wamp 000%
John Warner 11%
Mel Watt 100%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 000%
Henry Waxman 100%
David Weldon 0%
W. Curtis Weldon 0%
Gerald Weller 33%
Paul Wellstone 89%
Rick White 11%
Ed Whitfield 000%
Pat Williams 80%
Charles Wilson 20%
Bob Wise, Jr. 11%
Frank Wolf 000%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Albert Wynn 63%
Sidney Yates 89%
Bill Young 0%
Bill Zeliff 0%
Richard Zimmer 20%

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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