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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 17%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 89%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 16%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 11%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 42%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 11%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 84%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 89%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 11%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 11%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
LA State Senate 14 Cleo Fields Democratic 63%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 84%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 79%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 37%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 32%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 89%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 89%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 47%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 89%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 32%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 84%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 26%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 21%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 79%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 28%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 6%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 89%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 53%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 21%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 84%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 95%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 94%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 37%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 95%
Neil Abercrombie 79%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 6%
Gary Ackerman 84%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 94%
Wayne Allard 11%
Rob Andrews 68%
Bill Archer 11%
Richard Armey 11%
John Ashcroft 0%
Spencer Bachus 5%
Henry Scott Baesler 42%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
William Baker 5%
Joseph Baldacci 84%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 42%
Bob Barr, Jr. 11%
Bill Barrett 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 21%
Joe Barton 11%
Charlie Bass 37%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 5%
Max Baucus 72%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Bob Bennett 06%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 68%
Douglas Bereuter 42%
Howard Berman 95%
Tom Bevill 32%
Joe Biden, Jr. 100%
Brian Bilbray 32%
Michael Bilirakis 32%
Jeff Bingaman 78%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
Peter Blute 53%
Sherwood Boehlert 74%
John Boehner 5%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 5%
David Edward Bonior 89%
Sonny Bono 5%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Rick Boucher 74%
Barbara Boxer 100%
Bill Bradley 89%
John Breaux 33%
Bill Brewster 21%
Glen Browder 32%
Corrine Brown 84%
George Brown, Jr. 79%
Hank Brown 6%
Sam Brownback 21%
Richard Bryan 83%
Ed Bryant 5%
John Bryant 84%
Dale Bumpers 100%
Jim Bunn 16%
Jim Bunning 5%
Conrad Burns 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 83%
Herbert Callahan 5%
Dave Camp 16%
Ben Campbell 22%
Mike Castle 63%
John Chafee 67%
Saxby Chambliss 5%
Jim Chapman 26%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
Jon Lynn Christensen 5%
Dick Chrysler 21%
William Clay, Sr. 95%
Eva Clayton 89%
Robert Clement 53%
William Clinger 5%
Dan Coats 11%
Howard Coble 21%
Thomas Coburn 21%
Thad Cochran 6%
William Cohen 78%
Ronald Coleman 79%
Barbara-Rose Collins 63%
Cardiss Collins 79%
Michael Collins 11%
Larry Combest 5%
Gary Condit 32%
Kent Conrad 83%
John Conyers, Jr. 89%
Wes Cooley 11%
Jerry Costello 74%
Paul Coverdell 6%
Christopher Cox 11%
William Coyne 95%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 21%
Philip Crane 11%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 11%
Barbara Cubin 5%
Randall Cunningham 11%
Alfonse D'Amato 17%
Patsy Ann Danner 37%
Thomas Daschle 94%
Thomas Davis III 32%
Nathan Deal 32%
Eligio de la Garza II 37%
Thomas DeLay 5%
Ronald Dellums 95%
Peter Deutsch 89%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 32%
Jay Dickey 16%
Norm Dicks 74%
John Dingell 89%
Julian Dixon 89%
Chris Dodd 89%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 11%
Calvin Dooley 21%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 83%
Robert Dornan 16%
David Dreier 5%
John Duncan, Jr. 11%
Jennifer Dunn 21%
Chet Edwards 42%
Vern Ehlers 47%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 26%
Bill Emerson 5%
Philip English 26%
John Ensign 26%
Lane Evans 95%
Terry Everett 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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