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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

1999 Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Tony Hall 23%
Joseph Hoeffel 23%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 23%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 23%
John Moakley 23%
Patrick Moynihan 23%
Ciro Rodriguez 23%
Ike Skelton 23%
Bob Weygand 23%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 22%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 22%
Lois Capps 22%
Rush Holt, Jr. 22%
Mary Landrieu 22%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 22%
Vic Snyder 22%
Ted Strickland 22%
Gary Ackerman 17%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 17%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 17%
Harold Ford, Jr. 17%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 17%
Darlene Hooley 17%
John LaFalce 17%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 17%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 17%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 17%
George Miller 17%
Steve Rothman 17%
Loretta Sanchez 17%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 17%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 17%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 17%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 17%
Robert Wexler 17%
William Clay, Sr. 16%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 16%
Mark Udall 16%
Lynn Woolsey 16%
Howard Berman 15%
Martin Meehan 15%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 13%
Chris Dodd 13%
Daniel Inouye 13%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 13%
Bob Kerrey 13%
John Kerry 13%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 13%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 13%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 13%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 12%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 12%
Charlie Gonzalez 12%
William Jefferson 12%
Patrick Kennedy 12%
Nicholas Lampson 12%
William Luther 12%
Matthew Martinez 12%
Robert Matsui 12%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 12%
Earl Pomeroy 12%
Nick Rahall II 12%
Mel Watt 12%
Albert Wynn 12%
Julia Carson 11%
Tom Lantos 11%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 11%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 8%
David Edward Bonior 8%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 8%
Julian Dixon 8%
Lane Evans 8%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 8%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 8%
Karen McCarthy 8%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 8%
Dave Obey 8%
Major Owens 8%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 8%
Charlie Rangel 8%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 8%
Bruce Vento 8%
Eva Clayton 7%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 7%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 7%
William Coyne 5%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 5%
Bill Delahunt 5%
Bob Filner 5%
Sam Gejdenson 5%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 5%
Ed Pastor 5%
Thomas Sawyer 5%
Thomas Allen 0%
Max Baucus 0%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
Joe Biden, Jr. 0%
Barbara Boxer 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Thomas Daschle 0%
Sam Farr 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 0%
Tom Harkin 0%
Earl Hilliard, Sr. 0%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
Carl Levin 0%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 0%
Carrie Meek 0%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 0%
Barbara Mikulski 0%
Jim Oberstar 0%
John Olver 0%
Donald Payne 0%
Jay Rockefeller IV 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 0%
Paul Sarbanes 0%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 0%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
Henry Waxman 0%
Anthony Weiner 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 0%

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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