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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 7%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 7%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 21%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 79%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 14%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 14%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 21%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 14%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 14%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 83%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 36%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 79%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 14%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 79%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 14%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 93%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 79%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 29%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 93%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 86%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 21%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 86%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 85%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 7%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 14%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 93%
Wayne Allard 0%
John Ashcroft 0%
Max Baucus 64%
Bob Bennett 7%
Jeff Bingaman 86%
Kit Bond 14%
John Breaux 57%
Richard Bryan 71%
Dale Bumpers 100%
Conrad Burns 8%
Robert Byrd 79%
Ben Campbell 21%
John Chafee 7%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 71%
Kent Conrad 86%
Paul Coverdell 7%
Larry Craig 7%
Alfonse D'Amato 36%
Thomas Daschle 92%
Chris Dodd 86%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 14%
Byron Dorgan 86%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 0%
Russ Feingold 93%
Wendell Ford 64%
William Frist 21%
John Glenn 86%
Slade Gorton 14%
Daniel Graham 57%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 7%
Judd Gregg 21%
Jesse Helms 7%
Ernest Hollings 57%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 7%
Kay Hutchison 7%
Daniel Inouye 77%
James Merrill Jeffords 71%
Dirk Kempthorne 7%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 93%
Bob Kerrey 93%
Herb Kohl 64%
Jon Kyl 7%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Joe Lieberman 71%
Trent Lott, Sr. 14%
Dick Lugar 36%
Connie Mack 8%
Carol Moseley Braun 93%
Patrick Moynihan 71%
Frank Murkowski 14%
Don Nickles 0%
Charles Robb 57%
William Roth, Jr. 29%
Rick Santorum 14%
Paul Sarbanes 93%
Gordon Smith 29%
Bob Smith 0%
Olympia Snowe 36%
Arlen Specter 64%
Ted Stevens 21%
Craig Thomas 7%
Fred Thompson 21%
Strom Thurmond 7%
Robert Torricelli 86%
John Warner 21%
Paul Wellstone 100%

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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