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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 28%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 24%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 16%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 92%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 96%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 16%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 20%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 88%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 96%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 36%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 96%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 28%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 92%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 10%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 24%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 20%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 12%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 96%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 96%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 92%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 92%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 96%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 28%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 72%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 12%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 12%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 96%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 16%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 96%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 36%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 96%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 92%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 28%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 92%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 92%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 16%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 84%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 25%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 10%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 16%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 92%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 92%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 12%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 12%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 16%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 24%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 96%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 96%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 95%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 84%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 84%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 8%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 92%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 20%
Neil Abercrombie 96%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 20%
Gary Ackerman 96%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Wayne Allard 10%
Thomas Allen 96%
Rob Andrews 84%
Bill Archer 12%
Richard Armey 8%
John Ashcroft 10%
Spencer Bachus 24%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 20%
Richard Hugh Baker 16%
Cass Ballenger 12%
James Barcia 92%
Bob Barr, Jr. 12%
Bill Barrett 32%
Roscoe Bartlett 16%
Joe Barton 12%
Charlie Bass 24%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 12%
Max Baucus 80%
Bob Bennett 25%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 88%
Douglas Bereuter 16%
Howard Berman 88%
Marion Berry 76%
Joe Biden, Jr. 75%
Brian Bilbray 36%
Michael Bilirakis 16%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
Rod Blagojevich 84%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 16%
Sherwood Boehlert 72%
John Boehner 8%
Kit Bond 30%
Henry Bonilla 28%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 8%
Robert Borski, Jr. 92%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 88%
Barbara Boxer 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 84%
Bob Brady 100%
John Breaux 75%
Corrine Brown 100%
George Brown, Jr. 92%
Sam Brownback 20%
Richard Bryan 80%
Ed Bryant 12%
Jim Bunning 16%
Conrad Burns 30%
Dan Burton 12%
Steve Buyer 16%
Robert Byrd 80%
Herbert Callahan 16%
Dave Camp 20%
Ben Campbell 35%
Thomas Campbell 40%
Chris Cannon 12%
Lois Capps 100%
Julia Carson 92%
Mike Castle 52%
John Chafee 65%
Saxby Chambliss 16%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 32%
William Clay, Sr. 88%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 85%
Robert Clement 76%
Howard Coble 12%
Thomas Coburn 16%
Thad Cochran 20%
Michael Collins 8%
Larry Combest 12%
Gary Condit 80%
Kent Conrad 95%
John Conyers, Jr. 88%
Merrill Cook 24%
John Cooksey 20%
Jerry Costello 88%
Paul Coverdell 20%
Christopher Cox 16%
William Coyne 96%
Larry Craig 15%
Robert Cramer 76%
Philip Crane 12%
Barbara Cubin 16%
Randall Cunningham 12%
Patsy Ann Danner 84%
Thomas Daschle 95%
James Davis 84%
Thomas Davis III 40%
Nathan Deal 12%
Bill Delahunt 96%
Thomas DeLay 8%
Peter Deutsch 80%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 64%
Jay Dickey 16%
Norm Dicks 84%
John Dingell 88%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 95%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 40%
Calvin Dooley 80%
John Doolittle 16%
Byron Dorgan 100%
David Dreier 20%

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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