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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
John Nathan Hostettler 5%
Henry Hyde 5%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 5%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 5%
Jack Kingston 5%
Tom Latham 5%
Ron Lewis 5%
John Linder 5%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 5%
John Mica 5%
Sue Myrick 5%
Anne Northup 5%
John Peterson 5%
Deborah Pryce 5%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 5%
Cliff Stearns 5%
Bob Stump 5%
Tom Tancredo 5%
William Tauzin II 5%
Charles Taylor 5%
William Thomas 5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 5%
Wesley Watkins 5%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 5%
Ed Whitfield 5%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 5%
Wayne Allard 0%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 0%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Bob Bennett 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
John Boehner 0%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Dan Burton 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Larry Craig 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
William Frist 0%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
Charles Hagel 0%
Doc Hastings 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
Jesse Helms 0%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
Jon Kyl 0%
Stephen Largent 0%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
James McCrery III 0%
Gary Miller 0%
Frank Murkowski 0%
Don Nickles 0%
Michael Oxley 0%
Bob Riley 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
Jim Ryun 0%
Rick Santorum 0%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 0%
Ted Stevens 0%
Craig Thomas 0%
Strom Thurmond 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
John Warner 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 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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