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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

1996 Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 79%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 65%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 13%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 52%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 22%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 26%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 79%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 52%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 10%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 49%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 79%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 36%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 85%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 74%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 72%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 18%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 25%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 37%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 15%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 29%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 27%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 21%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 72%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 37%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 79%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 22%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 71%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 22%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 62%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 10%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 14%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 65%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 46%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 22%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 70%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 74%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 79%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 16%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 10%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 25%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 79%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 37%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 65%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 21%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 34%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 10%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 40%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 0%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 43%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 0%
Neil Abercrombie 35%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 74%
Gary Ackerman 29%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 34%
Rob Andrews 52%
Bill Archer 79%
Richard Armey 79%
John Ashcroft 74%
Spencer Bachus 72%
Henry Scott Baesler 43%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 74%
Richard Hugh Baker 72%
William Baker 73%
Cass Ballenger 79%
James Barcia 43%
Bob Barr, Jr. 79%
Bill Barrett 65%
Roscoe Bartlett 65%
Joe Barton 65%
Charlie Bass 60%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 63%
Max Baucus 28%
Anthony Beilenson 0%
Bob Bennett 57%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 29%
Douglas Bereuter 54%
Howard Berman 0%
Tom Bevill 46%
Joe Biden, Jr. 7%
Brian Bilbray 59%
Michael Bilirakis 79%
Jeff Bingaman 23%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 79%
Peter Blute 50%
Sherwood Boehlert 63%
John Boehner 79%
Kit Bond 63%
Henry Bonilla 79%
David Edward Bonior 19%
Sonny Bono 72%
Robert Borski, Jr. 19%
Rick Boucher 22%
Barbara Boxer 17%
Bill Bradley 28%
John Breaux 50%
Bill Brewster 44%
Glen Browder 50%
Corrine Brown 36%
George Brown, Jr. 0%
Hank Brown 48%
Richard Bryan 17%
Ed Bryant 79%
John Bryant 34%
Dale Bumpers 0%
Jim Bunn 59%
Jim Bunning 79%
Conrad Burns 74%
Dan Burton 79%
Steve Buyer 79%
Robert Byrd 33%
Herbert Callahan 71%
Dave Camp 48%
Ben Campbell 74%
Thomas Campbell 27%
Mike Castle 46%
John Chafee 54%
Saxby Chambliss 65%
Jim Chapman 46%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 79%
Jon Lynn Christensen 63%
Dick Chrysler 73%
William Clay, Sr. 0%
Eva Clayton 28%
Robert Clement 42%
William Clinger 48%
Dan Coats 74%
Howard Coble 52%
Thomas Coburn 54%
Thad Cochran 65%
William Cohen 81%
Ronald Coleman 32%
Barbara-Rose Collins 14%
Cardiss Collins 0%
Michael Collins 79%
Larry Combest 79%
Gary Condit 37%
Kent Conrad 28%
John Conyers, Jr. 0%
Wes Cooley 55%
Jerry Costello 37%
Paul Coverdell 74%
Christopher Cox 79%
William Coyne 10%
Larry Craig 74%
Robert Cramer 48%
Philip Crane 79%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 55%
Barbara Cubin 79%
Randall Cunningham 79%
Alfonse D'Amato 63%
Patsy Ann Danner 26%
Thomas Daschle 24%
Thomas Davis III 62%
Nathan Deal 65%
Eligio de la Garza II 41%
Thomas DeLay 79%
Ronald Dellums 0%
Peter Deutsch 19%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 72%
Jay Dickey 79%
Norm Dicks 37%
John Dingell 16%
Julian Dixon 24%
Chris Dodd 38%
Robert Dole 86%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 62%
Calvin Dooley 22%
John Doolittle 79%
Byron Dorgan 14%
Robert Dornan 85%
David Dreier 79%
John Duncan, Jr. 43%
Jennifer Dunn 79%
Chet Edwards 46%
Vern Ehlers 31%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 79%
Bill Emerson 85%
Philip English 51%
John Ensign 48%
Lane Evans 0%
Terry Everett 72%
Thomas Ewing 65%
Jim Exon 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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