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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 5%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 10%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 5%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 95%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 85%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 5%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 90%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 5%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 5%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 5%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 15%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 55%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 95%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 15%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 10%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 5%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 90%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 10%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 75%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 5%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 95%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 95%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 95%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 10%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 90%
Neil Abercrombie 95%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 5%
Gary Ackerman 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Wayne Allard 5%
Rob Andrews 75%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 0%
Spencer Bachus 5%
Henry Scott Baesler 65%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 5%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 75%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 5%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Joe Barton 5%
Charlie Bass 10%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 5%
Max Baucus 70%
Bob Bennett 5%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 90%
Douglas Bereuter 15%
Howard Berman 95%
Joe Biden, Jr. 85%
Brian Bilbray 10%
Michael Bilirakis 5%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
Sherwood Boehlert 25%
John Boehner 0%
Kit Bond 5%
Henry Bonilla 5%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Sonny Bono 5%
Robert Borski, Jr. 90%
Rick Boucher 85%
Barbara Boxer 95%
John Breaux 75%
Corrine Brown 95%
George Brown, Jr. 95%
Sam Brownback 5%
Richard Bryan 85%
Ed Bryant 0%
Dale Bumpers 95%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 5%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 85%
Herbert Callahan 5%
Dave Camp 5%
Ben Campbell 25%
Thomas Campbell 15%
Mike Castle 15%
John Chafee 25%
Saxby Chambliss 0%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 5%
Jon Lynn Christensen 5%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 95%
Robert Clement 75%
Dan Coats 0%
Howard Coble 5%
Thomas Coburn 5%
Thad Cochran 5%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 50%
Kent Conrad 90%
John Conyers, Jr. 100%
Jerry Costello 80%
Paul Coverdell 0%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 95%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 60%
Philip Crane 0%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Randall Cunningham 5%
Alfonse D'Amato 10%
Patsy Ann Danner 70%
Thomas Daschle 95%
Thomas Davis III 15%
Nathan Deal 15%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Ronald Dellums 100%
Peter Deutsch 90%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 15%
Jay Dickey 5%
Norm Dicks 90%
John Dingell 95%
Julian Dixon 95%
Chris Dodd 90%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 5%
Calvin Dooley 70%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 90%
David Dreier 0%
John Duncan, Jr. 15%
Jennifer Dunn 5%
Chet Edwards 70%
Vern Ehlers 15%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 10%
Philip English 10%
John Ensign 10%
Lane Evans 95%
Terry Everett 5%
Thomas Ewing 5%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 0%
Sam Farr 95%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 100%
Harris Fawell 10%
Victor Fazio 90%
Russ Feingold 90%
Bob Filner 100%
Floyd Flake 95%
Thomas Foglietta 100%
Mark Foley 10%
Michael Patrick Forbes 15%
Wendell Ford 80%
Tillie Fowler 5%
Jon David Fox 15%
Barney Frank 95%
Robert Franks 20%
Rodney Frelinghuysen 15%
William Frist 0%
Jonas Frost III 90%

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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