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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Population Connection

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 13%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 22%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 0%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 78%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 83%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 89%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
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 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 67%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 0%
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 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 13%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 44%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 0%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 0%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 0%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 11%
James Barcia 0%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Joe Barton 0%
Charlie Bass 100%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 13%
Max Baucus 100%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 100%
Douglas Bereuter 33%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 44%
Joe Biden, Jr. 67%
Brian Bilbray 89%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 100%
John Boehner 0%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 78%
Mary Bono Mack 75%
Robert Borski, Jr. 56%
Leonard Boswell 100%
Rick Boucher 100%
Barbara Boxer 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 100%
Bob Brady 100%
John Breaux 0%
Corrine Brown 100%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
Sam Brownback 0%
Richard Bryan 100%
Ed Bryant 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 11%
Robert Byrd 83%
Herbert Callahan 11%
Dave Camp 0%
Ben Campbell 50%
Thomas Campbell 100%
Chris Cannon 0%
Lois Capps 100%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 100%
John Chafee 100%
Saxby Chambliss 0%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 11%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 83%
Robert Clement 100%
Howard Coble 0%
Thomas Coburn 0%
Thad Cochran 0%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 100%
Kent Conrad 67%
John Conyers, Jr. 89%
Merrill Cook 33%
John Cooksey 25%
Jerry Costello 0%
Paul Coverdell 0%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 67%
Philip Crane 0%
Barbara Cubin 11%
Randall Cunningham 22%
Patsy Ann Danner 56%
Thomas Daschle 100%
James Davis 100%
Thomas Davis III 89%
Nathan Deal 0%
Bill Delahunt 100%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Peter Deutsch 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 13%
Jay Dickey 0%
Norm Dicks 100%
John Dingell 100%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 100%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 67%
David Dreier 11%

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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