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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Public Citizen

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 15%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 24%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 92%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 69%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 30%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 76%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 23%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 57%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 14%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 11%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 73%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 80%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 7%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 11%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 84%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 65%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 82%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 73%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 30%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 50%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 3%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 76%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 15%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 73%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 53%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 88%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 34%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 80%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 19%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 34%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 84%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 24%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 10%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 3%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 60%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 65%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 26%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 69%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 69%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 65%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 73%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 86%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 88%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 86%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 38%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 92%
Neil Abercrombie 73%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 19%
Gary Ackerman 69%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86%
Rob Andrews 65%
Bill Archer 15%
Richard Armey 19%
John Ashcroft 5%
Spencer Bachus 23%
Henry Scott Baesler 57%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 5%
Richard Hugh Baker 15%
William Baker 15%
Cass Ballenger 7%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 15%
Bill Barrett 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 23%
Joe Barton 7%
Charlie Bass 23%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 3%
Max Baucus 76%
Anthony Beilenson 80%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 50%
Douglas Bereuter 23%
Howard Berman 73%
Tom Bevill 30%
Joe Biden, Jr. 90%
Brian Bilbray 34%
Michael Bilirakis 34%
Jeff Bingaman 81%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 7%
Peter Blute 38%
Sherwood Boehlert 46%
John Boehner 7%
Kit Bond 5%
Henry Bonilla 19%
David Edward Bonior 84%
Sonny Bono 15%
Robert Borski, Jr. 88%
Rick Boucher 53%
Barbara Boxer 95%
Bill Bradley 95%
John Breaux 52%
Bill Brewster 26%
Glen Browder 53%
Corrine Brown 73%
George Brown, Jr. 69%
Hank Brown 19%
Richard Bryan 86%
Ed Bryant 7%
John Bryant 73%
Dale Bumpers 90%
Jim Bunn 23%
Jim Bunning 19%
Conrad Burns 0%
Dan Burton 23%
Steve Buyer 15%
Robert Byrd 90%
Herbert Callahan 3%
Dave Camp 23%
Ben Campbell 14%
Thomas Campbell 73%
Mike Castle 34%
John Chafee 52%
Saxby Chambliss 15%
Jim Chapman 46%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 19%
Jon Lynn Christensen 26%
Dick Chrysler 30%
William Clay, Sr. 84%
Eva Clayton 80%
Robert Clement 50%
William Clinger 7%
Dan Coats 24%
Howard Coble 30%
Thomas Coburn 26%
Thad Cochran 0%
William Cohen 71%
Ronald Coleman 57%
Barbara-Rose Collins 73%
Cardiss Collins 69%
Michael Collins 15%
Larry Combest 15%
Gary Condit 42%
Kent Conrad 81%
John Conyers, Jr. 96%
Wes Cooley 23%
Jerry Costello 84%
Paul Coverdell 10%
Christopher Cox 19%
William Coyne 88%
Larry Craig 10%
Robert Cramer 42%
Philip Crane 7%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 19%
Barbara Cubin 11%
Randall Cunningham 19%
Alfonse D'Amato 24%
Patsy Ann Danner 42%
Thomas Daschle 86%
Thomas Davis III 23%
Nathan Deal 42%
Eligio de la Garza II 46%
Thomas DeLay 3%
Ronald Dellums 100%
Peter Deutsch 73%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 30%
Jay Dickey 19%
Norm Dicks 73%
John Dingell 69%
Julian Dixon 76%
Chris Dodd 67%
Robert Dole 730%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 10%
Calvin Dooley 34%
John Doolittle 15%
Byron Dorgan 81%
Robert Dornan 30%
David Dreier 11%
John Duncan, Jr. 30%
Jennifer Dunn 23%
Chet Edwards 42%
Vern Ehlers 30%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 19%
Philip English 30%
John Ensign 46%
Lane Evans 88%
Terry Everett 11%
Thomas Ewing 15%
Jim Exon 71%

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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