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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Thomas Reynolds 10%
Jay Rockefeller IV 81%
Ciro Rodriguez 81%
Mike Rogers 10%
Mike Ross 62%
Steve Rothman 95%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
Loretta Sanchez 95%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 52%
Rick Santorum 5%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Jim Saxton 43%
Edward Schrock 0%
John Shadegg 0%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 14%
Christopher Shays 38%
Donald Sherwood 0%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 29%
Ike Skelton 62%
Gordon Smith 43%
Nick Smith 5%
Olympia Snowe 57%
Vic Snyder 81%
Mark Souder 10%
Arlen Specter 43%
John Spratt, Jr. 71%
Pete Stark 81%
Cliff Stearns 19%
Charles Stenholm 24%
Ted Stevens 5%
Ted Strickland 86%
Bart Stupak 90%
John Sullivan 0%
John Sununu 19%
John Sweeney 19%
Tom Tancredo 5%
John Tanner 48%
Ellen Tauscher 86%
William Tauzin II 0%
Charles Taylor 5%
Gene Taylor 43%
Lee Terry 10%
Craig Thomas 5%
William Thomas 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
John Tierney 100%
Ed Towns 67%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 90%
James Turner 43%
Mark Udall 100%
David Vitter 0%
George Voinovich 14%
James Walsh 29%
Zach Wamp 5%
John Warner 24%
Diane Watson 95%
Mel Watt 86%
Henry Waxman 90%
Anthony Weiner 100%
David Weldon 14%
W. Curtis Weldon 24%
Gerald Weller 10%
Robert Wexler 100%
Ed Whitfield 0%
Heather Wilson 5%
Frank Wolf 5%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 86%
Albert Wynn 81%
Bill Young 19%

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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