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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Bob Riley 50%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 57%
Charles Robb 67%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 33%
Jay Rockefeller IV 58%
Ciro Rodriguez 79%
Timothy Roemer 71%
James Rogan 43%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 31%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 36%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 50%
William Roth, Jr. 58%
Steve Rothman 71%
Marge Roukema 43%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 36%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 64%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 36%
Jim Ryun 43%
Martin Olav Sabo 54%
Matt Salmon 64%
Loretta Sanchez 79%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 57%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 62%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 57%
Rick Santorum 50%
Paul Sarbanes 58%
Thomas Sawyer 64%
Jim Saxton 43%
Joe Scarborough 57%
Robert Schaffer 43%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 57%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 50%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 64%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 43%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 57%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 42%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 43%
John Shadegg 50%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 36%
Christopher Shays 54%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 71%
Donald Sherwood 43%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 43%
Ronnie Shows 57%
E.G. Shuster 45%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 36%
Norman Sisisky 57%
Joseph Skeen 29%
Ike Skelton 58%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 62%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 57%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 33%
Gordon Smith 58%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 36%
Nick Smith 36%
Bob Smith 42%
Olympia Snowe 42%
Vic Snyder 64%
Mark Souder 43%
Arlen Specter 42%
Floyd Spence, Sr. 43%
John Spratt, Jr. 64%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 86%
Pete Stark 58%
Cliff Stearns 36%
Charles Stenholm 50%
Ted Stevens 42%
Ted Strickland 57%
Bob Stump 43%
Bart Stupak 71%
John Sununu 25%
John Sweeney 50%
James Talent 43%
Tom Tancredo 57%
John Tanner 64%
Ellen Tauscher 79%
William Tauzin II 31%
Charles Taylor 50%
Gene Taylor 50%
Lee Terry 36%
Craig Thomas 33%
William Thomas 10%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 71%
Fred Thompson 50%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 79%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 36%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 29%
Karen Thurman 71%
Strom Thurmond 42%
Todd Tiahrt 43%
John Tierney 57%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 21%
Robert Torricelli 50%
Ed Towns 73%
James Traficant, Jr. 64%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 46%
James Turner 57%
Mark Udall 71%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 71%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 36%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 57%
Bruce Vento 57%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 57%
David Vitter 29%
George Voinovich 50%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 29%
James Walsh 46%
Zach Wamp 57%
John Warner 58%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 50%
Wesley Watkins 36%
Mel Watt 57%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 29%
Henry Waxman 69%
Anthony Weiner 64%
David Weldon 43%
W. Curtis Weldon 36%
Gerald Weller 38%
Paul Wellstone 42%
Robert Wexler 71%
Bob Weygand 71%
Ed Whitfield 36%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 36%
Heather Wilson 29%
Bob Wise, Jr. 57%
Frank Wolf 54%
Lynn Woolsey 50%
David Wu 57%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 58%
Albert Wynn 69%
Bill Young 36%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 33%

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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