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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 20
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 20
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 28
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 34
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 43
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 45
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 50
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 60
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 55
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 58
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 49
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 42
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 45
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 25
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 58
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 51
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 55
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 44
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 40
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 42
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 35
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 28
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 26
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 32
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 50
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 30
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 34
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 23
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 48
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 53
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 54
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 53
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 26
IL Board Member At-Large David Phelps 40
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 57
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 23
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 32
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 23
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 21
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 62
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 45
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 51
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 40
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 29
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 45
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 33
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 42
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 43
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 53
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 64
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 25
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 19
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 41
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 33
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 40
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 48
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 40
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 54
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 53
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 55
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 39
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 21
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 46
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 58
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 60
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 53
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 52
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 40
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 48
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 66
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 48
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 66
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 65
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 28
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 30
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 25
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 43
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 26
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 65
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 65
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 57
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 44
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 38
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 33
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 33
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 40
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 28
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 27
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 26
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 42
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 40
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 77
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 34
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 43
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 60
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 37
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 49
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 57
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 65
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 70
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 57
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 74
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 38
Neil Abercrombie 36
Edmond Spencer Abraham 28
Gary Ackerman 44
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 40
Wayne Allard 43
Thomas Allen 40
Rob Andrews 45
Bill Archer 40
Richard Armey 43
John Ashcroft 34
Joe Baca, Sr. 50
Spencer Bachus 32
Kay Bailey Hutchison 28
Brian Baird 51
Richard Hugh Baker 23
Cass Ballenger 28
James Barcia 34
Bob Barr, Jr. 55
Bill Barrett 23
Roscoe Bartlett 42
Joe Barton 32
Charlie Bass 48
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 19
Max Baucus 43
Evan Bayh 48
Bob Bennett 23
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 37
Douglas Bereuter 36
Shelley Berkley 45
Howard Berman 42
Marion Berry 39
Joe Biden, Jr. 41
Judy Biggert 32
Brian Bilbray 53
Michael Bilirakis 25
Jeff Bingaman 28
Rod Blagojevich 50
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 25
Sherwood Boehlert 30
John Boehner 29
Kit Bond 21
Henry Bonilla 21
David Edward Bonior 45
Mary Bono Mack 16
Robert Borski, Jr. 39
Leonard Boswell 43
Rick Boucher 25
Barbara Boxer 50
Allen Boyd, Jr. 36
Bob Brady 48
John Breaux 20
Corrine Brown 37
Sam Brownback 40
Richard Bryan 40
Ed Bryant 30
Jim Bunning 29
Conrad Burns 28
Dan Burton 35
Steve Buyer 35
Robert Byrd 43
Herbert Callahan 17
Dave Camp 36
Ben Campbell 18
Thomas Campbell 60
Chris Cannon 33
Lois Capps 49
Mike Capuano 53
Julia Carson 60
Mike Castle 43
Lincoln Chafee 25
Saxby Chambliss 25
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 51
William Clay, Sr. 53
Eva Clayton 51
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 33
Robert Clement 36
Howard Coble 55
Thomas Coburn 68
Thad Cochran 18
Michael Collins 43
Larry Combest 22
Gary Condit 43
Kent Conrad 48
John Conyers, Jr. 66
Merrill Cook 34
John Cooksey 18
Jerry Costello 55
Christopher Cox 50
William Coyne 55
Larry Craig 33
Robert Cramer 27
Philip Crane 50
Joe Crowley 51
Barbara Cubin 38
Randall Cunningham 34
Patsy Ann Danner 47
Thomas Daschle 35

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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