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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Center for Security Policy

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Ralph Regula 75%
Harry Reid 7%
Silvestre Reyes 42%
Bob Riley 100%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 30%
Charles Robb 14%
Jay Rockefeller IV 7%
Ciro Rodriguez 47%
Timothy Roemer 30%
James Rogan 90%
William Roth, Jr. 38%
Steve Rothman 30%
Marge Roukema 55%
Jim Ryun 95%
Martin Olav Sabo 11%
Matt Salmon 95%
Loretta Sanchez 30%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 47%
Rick Santorum 64%
Paul Sarbanes 0%
Thomas Sawyer 30%
Jim Saxton 90%
Joe Scarborough 95%
Robert Schaffer 95%
John Shadegg 95%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 85%
Christopher Shays 30%
E.G. Shuster 68%
Norman Sisisky 55%
Joseph Skeen 80%
Ike Skelton 50%
Gordon Smith 46%
Nick Smith 70%
Bob Smith 100%
Olympia Snowe 57%
Vic Snyder 35%
Mark Souder 89%
Arlen Specter 43%
Floyd Spence, Sr. 100%
John Spratt, Jr. 47%
Pete Stark 19%
Cliff Stearns 100%
Charles Stenholm 56%
Ted Stevens 50%
Ted Strickland 45%
Bob Stump 95%
Bart Stupak 25%
John Sununu 85%
James Talent 90%
John Tanner 40%
Ellen Tauscher 15%
William Tauzin II 89%
Charles Taylor 87%
Gene Taylor 79%
Craig Thomas 79%
William Thomas 80%
Fred Thompson 100%
Karen Thurman 50%
Strom Thurmond 93%
Todd Tiahrt 100%
John Tierney 15%
Robert Torricelli 21%
Ed Towns 24%
James Traficant, Jr. 95%
James Turner 60%
Bruce Vento 10%
James Walsh 89%
Zach Wamp 90%
John Warner 64%
Wesley Watkins 80%
Mel Watt 15%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 95%
Henry Waxman 15%
David Weldon 88%
W. Curtis Weldon 58%
Gerald Weller 90%
Paul Wellstone 7%
Robert Wexler 39%
Bob Weygand 44%
Ed Whitfield 85%
Bob Wise, Jr. 24%
Frank Wolf 90%
Lynn Woolsey 15%
Albert Wynn 45%
Bill Young 85%

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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