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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Center for Security Policy

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 93%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 92%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 86%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 15%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 86%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 36%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 64%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 86%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 77%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 21%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 71%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 79%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 23%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 8%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 54%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 93%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 93%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 15%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 23%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 58%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 64%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 33%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 29%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 36%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 21%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 93%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 46%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 93%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 36%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 31%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 92%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 21%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 43%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 14%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 29%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 71%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 64%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 38%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 86%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 93%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 23%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 14%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 14%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 46%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 36%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 93%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 62%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 58%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 36%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 14%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 43%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 21%
Neil Abercrombie 36%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 86%
Gary Ackerman 27%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 7%
Wayne Allard 92%
Rob Andrews 43%
Bill Archer 93%
Richard Armey 93%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 86%
Henry Scott Baesler 57%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 93%
Richard Hugh Baker 93%
Cass Ballenger 93%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 93%
Bill Barrett 71%
Roscoe Bartlett 86%
Joe Barton 100%
Charlie Bass 71%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 93%
Max Baucus 31%
Bob Bennett 79%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 43%
Douglas Bereuter 79%
Howard Berman 31%
Joe Biden, Jr. 14%
Brian Bilbray 64%
Michael Bilirakis 86%
Jeff Bingaman 8%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 82%
Sherwood Boehlert 100%
John Boehner 86%
Kit Bond 71%
Henry Bonilla 93%
David Edward Bonior 21%
Sonny Bono 85%
Robert Borski, Jr. 43%
Rick Boucher 36%
Barbara Boxer 7%
John Breaux 46%
Corrine Brown 43%
George Brown, Jr. 14%
Sam Brownback 71%
Richard Bryan 21%
Ed Bryant 85%
Dale Bumpers 11%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 93%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 79%
Robert Byrd 36%
Herbert Callahan 93%
Dave Camp 64%
Ben Campbell 92%
Thomas Campbell 43%
Mike Castle 71%
John Chafee 64%
Saxby Chambliss 86%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 86%
Jon Lynn Christensen 85%
William Clay, Sr. 15%
Eva Clayton 42%
Robert Clement 57%
Dan Coats 92%
Howard Coble 79%
Thomas Coburn 79%
Thad Cochran 79%
Michael Collins 86%
Larry Combest 86%
Gary Condit 50%
Kent Conrad 21%
John Conyers, Jr. 0%
Jerry Costello 38%
Paul Coverdell 86%
Christopher Cox 92%
William Coyne 23%
Larry Craig 93%
Robert Cramer 64%
Philip Crane 93%
Barbara Cubin 77%
Randall Cunningham 83%
Alfonse D'Amato 86%
Patsy Ann Danner 14%
Thomas Daschle 7%
Thomas Davis III 75%
Nathan Deal 86%
Thomas DeLay 93%
Ronald Dellums 15%
Peter Deutsch 43%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 93%
Jay Dickey 85%
Norm Dicks 57%
John Dingell 29%
Julian Dixon 36%
Chris Dodd 21%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 92%
Calvin Dooley 36%
John Doolittle 92%
Byron Dorgan 29%
David Dreier 86%
John Duncan, Jr. 43%
Jennifer Dunn 86%
Chet Edwards 64%
Vern Ehlers 43%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 93%
Philip English 67%
John Ensign 57%
Lane Evans 21%
Terry Everett 93%
Thomas Ewing 86%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 100%
Sam Farr 21%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 0%
Harris Fawell 62%
Victor Fazio 23%
Russ Feingold 14%
Bob Filner 8%
Floyd Flake 22%
Thomas Foglietta 14%
Mark Foley 64%
Michael Patrick Forbes 93%
Wendell Ford 29%
Tillie Fowler 92%
Jon David Fox 43%
Barney Frank 21%
Robert Franks 50%
Rodney Frelinghuysen 71%
William Frist 85%
Jonas Frost III 64%
Elizabeth Furse 7%

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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