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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 71%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 58%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 26%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 66%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 18%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 13%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 91%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 9%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 66%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 14%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 14%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 84%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 76%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 17%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 12%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 46%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 66%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 60%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 63%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 24%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 23%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 26%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 9%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 24%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 9%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 91%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 50%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 69%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 3%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 77%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 21%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 76%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 31%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 32%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 63%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 24%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 22%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 23%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 29%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 85%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 97%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 20%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 76%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 84%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 69%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 28%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 16%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 29%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 40%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 37%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 77%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 3%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 74%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 6%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 3%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 26%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 3%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 16%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 17%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 12%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 94%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 43%
Neil Abercrombie 6%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 88%
Gary Ackerman 15%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 8%
Wayne Allard 82%
Rob Andrews 49%
Bill Archer 80%
Richard Armey 86%
John Ashcroft 84%
Spencer Bachus 74%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 84%
Richard Hugh Baker 59%
Cass Ballenger 71%
James Barcia 31%
Bob Barr, Jr. 85%
Bill Barrett 74%
Roscoe Bartlett 77%
Joe Barton 76%
Charlie Bass 83%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 49%
Max Baucus 44%
Bob Bennett 50%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 9%
Douglas Bereuter 66%
Howard Berman 20%
Joe Biden, Jr. 44%
Brian Bilbray 69%
Michael Bilirakis 83%
Jeff Bingaman 16%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 66%
Sherwood Boehlert 54%
John Boehner 74%
Kit Bond 52%
Henry Bonilla 67%
David Edward Bonior 11%
Robert Borski, Jr. 11%
Rick Boucher 11%
Barbara Boxer 20%
John Breaux 17%
Corrine Brown 6%
Sam Brownback 94%
Richard Bryan 32%
Ed Bryant 71%
Jim Bunning 83%
Conrad Burns 56%
Dan Burton 79%
Steve Buyer 80%
Robert Byrd 20%
Herbert Callahan 63%
Dave Camp 82%
Ben Campbell 48%
Thomas Campbell 63%
Mike Castle 60%
John Chafee 60%
Saxby Chambliss 74%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 79%
William Clay, Sr. 20%
Eva Clayton 6%
Robert Clement 26%
Howard Coble 86%
Thomas Coburn 74%
Thad Cochran 48%
Michael Collins 77%
Larry Combest 71%
Gary Condit 57%
Kent Conrad 20%
John Conyers, Jr. 20%
Jerry Costello 31%
Paul Coverdell 68%
Christopher Cox 86%
William Coyne 20%
Larry Craig 68%
Robert Cramer 26%
Philip Crane 86%
Barbara Cubin 79%
Randall Cunningham 86%
Patsy Ann Danner 49%
Thomas Daschle 8%
Thomas Davis III 57%
Nathan Deal 77%
Thomas DeLay 76%
Peter Deutsch 29%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 53%
Jay Dickey 80%
Norm Dicks 6%
John Dingell 9%
Julian Dixon 9%
Chris Dodd 8%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 64%
Calvin Dooley 18%
John Doolittle 79%
Byron Dorgan 28%
David Dreier 77%
John Duncan, Jr. 88%
Jennifer Dunn 79%
Chet Edwards 11%
Vern Ehlers 47%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 86%
Jo Ann Emerson 62%
Philip English 77%
Lane Evans 14%
Terry Everett 69%
Thomas Ewing 71%
Sam Farr 9%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 6%
Russ Feingold 56%
Bob Filner 9%
Mark Foley 74%
Michael Patrick Forbes 65%
Tillie Fowler 70%
Barney Frank 29%
Robert Franks 74%
Rodney Frelinghuysen 63%
William Frist 80%
Jonas Frost III 3%
Elton Gallegly 73%
John Ganske 79%
Sam Gejdenson 17%
George Gekas 71%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 10%
Wayne Gilchrest 57%
Paul Gillmor 69%
Benjamin Gilman 43%
Bob Goodlatte 83%
William Goodling 77%
Bart Gordon 34%
Slade Gorton 56%
Porter Goss 86%
Daniel Graham 16%
William Phillip Gramm 82%

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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