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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Washington Public Interest Research Group

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 50%
WA State House 15 Position 1 Bruce Chandler Republican 44%
WA State House 20 Position 1 Richard DeBolt Republican 33%
WA State House 31 Position 2 Christopher Hurst Democratic 89%
WA State House 32 Position 2 Ruth Kagi Democratic 89%
WA State House 34 Position 1 Eileen Cody Democratic 89%
WA State House 37 Position 1 Sharon Tomiko Santos Democratic 88%
WA State House 40 Position 2 Jeff Morris Democratic 78%
WA State House 43 Position 2 Frank Chopp Democratic 56%
WA State House 44 Position 1 Hans Dunshee Democratic 89%
WA State Senate 1 Rosemary McAuliffe Democratic 100%
WA State Senate 9 Mark Schoesler Republican 33%
WA State Senate 12 Linda Parlette Republican 44%
WA State Senate 15 Jim Honeyford Republican 18%
WA State Senate 17 Donald Benton Republican 40%
WA State Senate 19 Brian Hatfield Democratic 44%
WA State Senate 22 Karen Fraser Democratic 91%
WA State Senate 24 Jim Hargrove Democratic 45%
WA State Senate 29 Steve Conway Democratic 56%
WA State Senate 30 Mark Miloscia Republican 50%
WA State Senate 31 Pam Roach Republican 27%
WA State Senate 33 Karen Keiser Democratic 67%
WA State Senate 35 Timothy Sheldon Democratic 45%
WA State Senate 36 Jeanne Kohl-Welles Democratic 100%
WA State Senate 42 Doug Ericksen Republican 56%
WA Mayor At-Large Edward Murray 78%
WA Council Member 2 Joyce McDonald 44%
WA Council Member 2 Brian Sullivan Democratic 78%
WA Council Member 3 Kathy Lambert 56%
WA Council Member Ward 1 Kelli Linville 44%
WA County Executive At-Large Dow Constantine 100%
WA Commissioner 1 Jerome Delvin 33%
WA Commissioner 1 Tom Mielke Republican 56%
WA Commissioner 1 Cathy Wolfe Democratic 67%
WA Commissioner 2 Sandra Romero Democratic 89%
WA Treasurer Jim McIntire Democratic 100%
Gary Alexander 44%
David Anderson 89%
Clyde Ballard 44%
Ida Ballasiotes 44%
Kelly Barlean 89%
Albert Bauer 67%
Brad Benson 56%
Marc Boldt 56%
Lisa Brown 90%
Jim Buck 44%
Roger Bush 56%
Jack Cairnes 44%
Tom Campbell 63%
Don Carlson 44%
Michael Carrell 44%
Gary Chandler 44%
Jim Clements 44%
Mike Cooper 78%
Jeralita Costa 91%
Don Cox 33%
Larry Crouse 44%
Alex Deccio 30%
Mary Lou Dickerson 78%
Mark Doumit 44%
James Dunn 56%
Carolyn Edmonds 89%
Jeanne Edwards 63%
William Eickmeyer 44%
Tracey Eide 82%
Luke Esser 44%
Darlene Fairley 100%
Bill Finkbeiner 67%
Ruth Fisher 100%
Phil Fortunato 44%
Rosa Franklin 82%
Georgia Anne Gardner 100%
Calvin Goings 64%
Jeffrey Gombosky 89%
Bill Grant 44%
Kathy Haigh 67%
Patricia Hale 27%
Shirley Hankins 44%
Mary Haugen 82%
Michael Heavey 80%
Harold Hochstatter 36%
James Horn 36%
Tom Huff 29%
Ken Jacobsen 73%
Stephen Johnson 30%
Jim Kastama 56%
Phyllis Kenney 100%
Lynn Kessler 44%
Adam Kline 100%
John Koster 56%
Patricia Lantz 67%
Barbara Lisk 44%
Jeanine Long 45%
Valoria Loveland 80%
John Lovick 56%
Dave Mastin 44%
Robert McCaslin, Sr. 30%
Dan McDonald 33%
Maryann Mitchell 44%
Bob Morton 33%
Joyce Mulliken 44%
Al O'Brien 67%
Valeria Ogden 78%
Robert Oke 27%
Julia Patterson 91%
John Pennington, Jr. 44%
Cheryl Pflug 56%
Erik Poulsen 89%
Margarita Prentice 70%
Renee Radcliff 44%
Marilyn Rasmussen 73%
Aaron Reardon 44%
Debbie Regala 89%
Phil Rockefeller 78%
Dino Rossi 30%
Laura Ruderman 67%
Lynn Schindler 44%
Dave Schmidt 44%
Karen Schmidt 44%
Shay Schual-Berke 89%
George Sellar 14%
Larry Sheahan 27%
Betti Sheldon 82%
Paull Shin 73%
Mary Skinner 44%
Sid Snyder 80%
Duane Sommers 44%
Helen Sommers 56%
Harriet Spanel 91%
Michael Stensen 67%
Val Stevens 27%
Bob Sump 56%
Dan Swecker 45%
Georganne Talcott 44%
Patricia Thibaudeau 100%
Brian Thomas 78%
Kip Tokuda 89%
Steve Van Luven 50%
Velma Veloria 88%
Mike Wensman 67%
James West 25%
Shirley Winsley 64%
R. Lorraine Wojahn 90%
Alex Wood 56%
Joseph Zarelli 18%

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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