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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 70%
Gordon Smith 11%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 5%
Nick Smith 15%
Bob Smith 6%
Olympia Snowe 56%
Vic Snyder 65%
Mark Souder 10%
Arlen Specter 50%
John Spratt, Jr. 55%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 0%
Pete Stark 85%
Cliff Stearns 5%
Charles Stenholm 20%
Ted Stevens 0%
Ted Strickland 70%
Bob Stump 5%
Bart Stupak 70%
John Sununu 15%
John Sweeney 15%
Tom Tancredo 5%
John Tanner 30%
Ellen Tauscher 85%
William Tauzin II 5%
Charles Taylor 5%
Gene Taylor 35%
Lee Terry 15%
Craig Thomas 0%
William Thomas 5%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 75%
Fred Thompson 6%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 5%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 20%
Karen Thurman 60%
Strom Thurmond 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
John Tierney 85%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 15%
Robert Torricelli 83%
Ed Towns 90%
James Traficant, Jr. 35%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 85%
James Turner 45%
Mark Udall 95%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 95%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 35%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 85%
David Vitter 6%
George Voinovich 6%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 10%
James Walsh 45%
Zach Wamp 20%
John Warner 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
Wesley Watkins 5%
Mel Watt 85%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 5%
Henry Waxman 100%
Anthony Weiner 90%
David Weldon 10%
W. Curtis Weldon 30%
Gerald Weller 15%
Paul Wellstone 94%
Robert Wexler 90%
Ed Whitfield 5%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
Heather Wilson 15%
Frank Wolf 35%
Lynn Woolsey 90%
David Wu 85%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
Albert Wynn 65%
Bill Young 15%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 5%

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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