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Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2002 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 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 10%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 95%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 85%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 15%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 75%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 55%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 55%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 70%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 5%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 60%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 5%
IL Board Member At-Large David Phelps 55%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 65%
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 10%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 75%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 55%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 95%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 75%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 30%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 95%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 60%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 5%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 85%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 5%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 70%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 75%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 90%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 30%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 80%
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 15%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 15%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 75%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 15%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 5%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 80%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 10%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 65%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 95%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 15%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 65%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 70%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 80%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 85%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 75%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 70%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 80%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 95%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 90%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 25%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 95%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 30%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Neil Abercrombie 85%
Gary Ackerman 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 55%
Todd Akin 5%
Wayne Allard 5%
George Allen 0%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 95%
Richard Armey 5%
Joe Baca, Sr. 70%
Spencer Bachus 10%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 5%
Brian Baird 90%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 70%
Bob Barr, Jr. 10%
Roscoe Bartlett 30%
Joe Barton 5%
Charlie Bass 40%
Max Baucus 55%
Evan Bayh 60%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 60%
Douglas Bereuter 20%
Shelley Berkley 80%
Howard Berman 75%
Marion Berry 60%
Joe Biden, Jr. 90%
Judy Biggert 15%
Michael Bilirakis 30%
Jeff Bingaman 60%
Rod Blagojevich 85%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
John Boehner 5%
Kit Bond 10%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 85%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
Robert Borski, Jr. 95%
Leonard Boswell 70%
Rick Boucher 65%
Barbara Boxer 90%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 65%
Bob Brady 75%
John Breaux 30%
Corrine Brown 80%
Henry Brown, Jr. 10%
Sam Brownback 10%
Ed Bryant 5%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Dan Burton 5%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 55%
Herbert Callahan 5%
Dave Camp 15%
Ben Campbell 0%
Chris Cannon 10%
Eric Cantor 5%
Lois Capps 90%
Mike Capuano 90%
Jean Carnahan 55%
Brad Carson 40%
Julia Carson 95%
Mike Castle 60%
Lincoln Chafee 55%
Saxby Chambliss 5%
Eva Clayton 85%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 55%
Robert Clement 75%
Hillary Clinton 85%
Howard Coble 15%
Thad Cochran 5%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 5%
Gary Condit 80%
Kent Conrad 55%
John Conyers, Jr. 90%
John Cooksey 5%
Jon Corzine 85%
Jerry Costello 70%
Christopher Cox 5%
William Coyne 90%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 25%
Philip Crane 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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