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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 71%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 58%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 74%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 92%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 94%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 9%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 16%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 34%
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 20 Sam Farr Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 71%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 97%
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 U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 91%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 6%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 77%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 9%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 67%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 66%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 74%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 86%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 14%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 14%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 77%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 6%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 84%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 36%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 71%
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%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 24%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 46%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 66%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 94%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 60%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 69%
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 Barbara Mikulski Democratic 12%
MD U.S. Senate Jr 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 John Baldacci Democratic 9%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 24%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 82%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 91%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 17%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 9%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 20%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 48%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 69%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 3%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 44%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 36%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 77%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 74%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 86%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 21%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 77%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 76%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 31%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 63%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 24%
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 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 19%
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%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 26%
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 8 John Boehner Republican 74%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 20%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 88%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 14%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 76%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 84%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 74%
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 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 6%
PA U.S. House 14 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 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 94%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 3%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 26%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 49%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 74%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 6%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 73%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 13%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 3%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 26%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 64%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 3%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 83%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 29%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 69%
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%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 71%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 14%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 94%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 86%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 43%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 17%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 9%
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%
Richard Hugh Baker 59%
Cass Ballenger 71%
James Barcia 31%
Bob Barr, Jr. 85%
Bill Barrett 74%
Roscoe Bartlett 77%
Charlie Bass 83%
Herbert Bateman 49%
Max Baucus 44%
Bob Bennett 50%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 9%
Douglas Bereuter 66%
Howard Berman 20%
Brian Bilbray 69%
Michael Bilirakis 83%
Jeff Bingaman 16%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 66%
Sherwood Boehlert 54%
Kit Bond 52%
Henry Bonilla 67%
David Edward Bonior 11%
Robert Borski, Jr. 11%
Rick Boucher 11%
John Breaux 17%
Richard Bryan 32%
Ed Bryant 71%
Jim Bunning 83%
Conrad Burns 56%
Dan Burton 79%
Steve Buyer 80%
Robert Byrd 20%
Herbert Callahan 63%
Ben Campbell 48%
Thomas Campbell 63%
Mike Castle 60%
John Chafee 60%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 79%
William Clay, Sr. 20%
Eva Clayton 6%
Robert Clement 26%
Michael Collins 77%
Larry Combest 71%
Gary Condit 57%
Kent Conrad 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%
Thomas DeLay 76%
Peter Deutsch 29%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 53%
Jay Dickey 80%
Norm Dicks 6%
Julian Dixon 9%

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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