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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

1998 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic F
MD U.S. House 1 Andy Harris Republican A+
MD State House 13 Shane Pendergrass Democratic F
MD State House 17 Kumar Barve Democratic F
MD State House 22 Anne Healey Democratic F
MD State House 25 Dereck Davis Democratic F
MD State House 30A Mike Busch Democratic F
MD State House 41 Samuel Rosenberg Democratic F
MD State House 43 Maggie McIntosh Democratic F
MD State House 45 Talmadge Branch Democratic F
MD State Senate 1 George Edwards Republican A++
MD State Senate 8 Katherine Ann Klausmeier Democratic A+
MD State Senate 10 Delores Kelley Democratic F
MD State Senate 17 Cheryl Kagan Democratic F
MD State Senate 22 Paul Pinsky Democratic F
MD State Senate 24 Joanne Benson Democratic F
MD State Senate 26 Obie Patterson Democratic F
MD State Senate 27 Thomas Miller, Jr. Democratic B
MD State Senate 37 Addie Eckardt Republican A
MD State Senate 44 Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Democratic F
MD Attorney General Brian Frosh Democratic F
MD Judge of the Appellate Court Joe Getty No Party Affiliation A
MD Comptroller Peter Franchot Democratic F
MD Council Member 8 Obie Patterson F
MD Treasurer Nancy Kopp Democratic F
Carmen Amedori A
John Arnick A
John Astle F
Rushern Baker III F
Walter Baker A+
Wheeler Baker F
Robert Baldwin A
Joseph Bartlett A
Leon Billings F
Clarence Blount F
Liz Bobo F
David Boschert A
Charles Boutin A
Bennett Bozman A
David Brinkley A++
Thomas Bromwell B+
Emmett Burns, Jr. F
Joan Cadden A+
James Campbell F
Virginia Clagett F
Richard Colburn A+
Michael Collins A+
Mary Conroy F
Joan Conway F
Norman Conway A
Jean Cryor F
Ulysses Currie F
Richard D'Amato F
Clarence Davis F
Diane DeCarlo A+
Ed DeGrange, Sr. C
George Della, Jr. D
Dana Lee Dembrow F
Thomas Dewberry F
John Donoghue A
Ann Marie Doory F
Arthur Dorman F
Cornell Dypski F
Roy Dyson A+
Donald Elliott A++
Nathaniel Exum F
Timothy Ferguson A++
Michael Finifter F
Bob Flanagan C
Jennie Forehand F
Barbara Frush F
Tony Edward Fulton C
John Giannetti, Jr. B+
Barry Glassman A
Marilyn Goldwater F
Michael Gordon F
Leo Green F
Janet Hines Greenip F
Ronald Guns A+
John Hafer A
Larry Haines A++
Peter Hammen F
Hattie Harrison F
C. Sue Hecht F
Henry Heller F
Barbara Hoffman F
Patrick John Hogan D
Paula Colodny Hollinger F
J. Robert Hooper A-
Carolyn Howard F
James Hubbard F
Ralph Hughes F
John Adams Hurson F
Thomas Hutchins A+
Nancy Jacobs A+
Philip Jimeno B
Wade Kach A+
Edward Kasemeyer F
James Kelly A
Kevin Kelly A+
Ruth Kirk F
Robert Kittleman B
Martha Scanlan Klima A+
Carolyn Krysiak F
Richard LaVay F
John Leopold A+
Samuel Linton, Jr. A
Mary Ann Love F
Martin Gerard Madden F
James Malone, Jr. A
Adrienne Mandel F
Salima Siler Marriott F
Christopher McCabe B
Charles McClenahan A
Nathaniel McFadden F
Brian McHale F
Robert McKee A
Pauline Menes F
Thomas Middleton A
Joseph Minnick B
Van Mitchell A
Jake Mohorovic A
Kenneth Charles Montague, Jr. B
Alexander Mooney A
Dan Morhaim F
Donald Munson A
Donald Murphy A+
Nathaniel Oaks F
Anthony O'Donnell, Sr. A++
George Owings III A++
Richard Palumbo C
Carol Stoker Petzold F
Joan Breslin Pitkin F
James Ports, Jr. A+
James Proctor, Jr. F
Howard Peters Rawlings F
Alfred Redmer, Jr. A+
B. Daniel Riley B+
Jean Roesser F
Ida Ruben F
David Rudolph A
James Edward Rzepkowski A
Kenneth Schisler A
Perry Sfikas F
Christopher Shank A
Mark Shriver F
John Frank Slade III A
Louise Snodgrass A+
Ted Sophocleus B
Nancy Stocksdale A
J. Lowell Stoltzfus A+
Norman Stone, Jr. A++
Paul Stull A
Casper Taylor, Jr. A
Leonard Teitelbaum F
Frank Turner F
David Mercado Valderrama F
Joseph Vallario, Jr. A+
Mary Walkup A
Michael Weir, Jr. A+
John Wood, Jr. A+

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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