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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Consumer Federation of America

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 23%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 21%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 77%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 77%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 69%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 31%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 62%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 85%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 8%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 77%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 92%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 25%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 31%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 14%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 15%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 77%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 77%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 31%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 85%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 15%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 85%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 8%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 46%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 92%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 38%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 92%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 23%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 23%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 69%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 29%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 7%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 8%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 92%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 85%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 31%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 8%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 92%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 85%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 85%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 71%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 15%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 85%
Neil Abercrombie 85%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 21%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86%
Wayne Allard 8%
Rob Andrews 92%
Bill Archer 15%
Richard Armey 15%
John Ashcroft 14%
Spencer Bachus 23%
Henry Scott Baesler 77%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 14%
Richard Hugh Baker 23%
William Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 8%
James Barcia 69%
Bob Barr, Jr. 15%
Bill Barrett 15%
Roscoe Bartlett 15%
Joe Barton 8%
Charlie Bass 23%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 23%
Max Baucus 71%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Bob Bennett 14%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 77%
Douglas Bereuter 31%
Howard Berman 85%
Tom Bevill 38%
Joe Biden, Jr. 71%
Brian Bilbray 54%
Michael Bilirakis 23%
Jeff Bingaman 86%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 15%
Peter Blute 13%
Sherwood Boehlert 69%
John Boehner 8%
Kit Bond 21%
Henry Bonilla 23%
David Edward Bonior 85%
Sonny Bono 15%
Robert Borski, Jr. 92%
Rick Boucher 77%
Barbara Boxer 86%
Bill Bradley 88%
John Breaux 71%
Bill Brewster 19%
Glen Browder 25%
Corrine Brown 85%
George Brown, Jr. 85%
Hank Brown 0%
Sam Brownback 15%
Richard Bryan 86%
Ed Bryant 15%
John Bryant 75%
Dale Bumpers 86%
Jim Bunn 31%
Jim Bunning 15%
Conrad Burns 14%
Dan Burton 15%
Steve Buyer 23%
Robert Byrd 86%
Herbert Callahan 15%
Dave Camp 23%
Ben Campbell 29%
Thomas Campbell 38%
Mike Castle 54%
John Chafee 50%
Saxby Chambliss 15%
Jim Chapman 31%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
Jon Lynn Christensen 15%
Dick Chrysler 6%
William Clay, Sr. 77%
Eva Clayton 85%
Robert Clement 77%
William Clinger 13%
Dan Coats 21%
Howard Coble 23%
Thomas Coburn 23%
Thad Cochran 7%
William Cohen 63%
Ronald Coleman 88%
Barbara-Rose Collins 88%
Cardiss Collins 100%
Michael Collins 23%
Larry Combest 15%
Gary Condit 69%
Kent Conrad 86%
John Conyers, Jr. 85%
Wes Cooley 13%
Jerry Costello 69%
Paul Coverdell 7%
Christopher Cox 15%
William Coyne 92%
Larry Craig 21%
Robert Cramer 69%
Philip Crane 15%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 0%
Barbara Cubin 8%
Randall Cunningham 15%
Alfonse D'Amato 29%
Patsy Ann Danner 77%
Thomas Daschle 79%
Thomas Davis III 46%
Nathan Deal 31%
Eligio de la Garza II 50%
Thomas DeLay 15%
Ronald Dellums 77%
Peter Deutsch 69%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 46%
Jay Dickey 8%
Norm Dicks 85%
John Dingell 54%
Julian Dixon 77%
Chris Dodd 71%
Robert Dole 20%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 21%
Calvin Dooley 54%
John Doolittle 15%
Byron Dorgan 71%
Robert Dornan 0%
David Dreier 23%
John Duncan, Jr. 38%
Jennifer Dunn 25%
Chet Edwards 77%
Vern Ehlers 31%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 15%
Bill Emerson 6%
Philip English 31%

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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