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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 6%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 31%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 34%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 17%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 31%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 50%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matthew Salmon Republican 44%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 36%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 19%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 44%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 69%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 8%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 47%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 42%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 75%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 64%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 58%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 28%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 42%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 39%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 25%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 25%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 47%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 8%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 64%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 36%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 44%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 41%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 63%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 33%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 25%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 56%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 53%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 61%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 22%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 50%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 44%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 28%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 25%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 44%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 28%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 31%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 6%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 38%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 69%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 78%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 31%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 50%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 19%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 53%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 58%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 38%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 61%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 42%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 69%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 61%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 36%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 64%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 58%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 28%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 19%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 11%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 25%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 44%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 25%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 53%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 25%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 31%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 47%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 56%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 25%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 53%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 42%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 58%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 44%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 41%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 69%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 14%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 61%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 64%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 56%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 69%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 53%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 75%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 58%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 81%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 19%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 36%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 67%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 42%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 38%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 34%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 44%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 14%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 69%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 67%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 56%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 56%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 33%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 59%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 19%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 78%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 33%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 47%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 31%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 72%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 19%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 31%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 22%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 19%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 19%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 36%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 72%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 22%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 36%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 50%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 47%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 28%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 56%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 72%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 41%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 19%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 61%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 53%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 83%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 83%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 72%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 86%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 56%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 28%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 31%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 38%
Gary Ackerman 33%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 31%
Wayne Allard 38%
Thomas Allen 61%
Rob Andrews 64%
Bill Archer 33%
Richard Armey 36%
John Ashcroft 44%
Henry Scott Baesler 19%
Richard Hugh Baker 8%
Cass Ballenger 28%
James Barcia 42%
Robert Barr, Jr. 42%
Bill Barrett 19%
Roscoe Bartlett 28%
Charlie Bass 58%
Herbert Bateman 6%
Max Baucus 31%
Bob Bennett 22%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 39%
Douglas Bereuter 28%
Howard Berman 42%
Marion Berry 36%
Brian Bilbray 39%
Michael Bilirakis 31%
Jeff Bingaman 34%
Rod Blagojevich 67%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 25%
Sherwood Boehlert 31%
Kit Bond 19%
Henry Bonilla 11%
David Edward Bonior 53%
Robert Borski, Jr. 44%
Leonard Boswell 36%
Rick Boucher 31%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 22%
John Breaux 28%
George Brown, Jr. 44%
Richard Bryan 56%
Ed Bryant 28%

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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