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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: People for the American Way

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 0%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 8%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 94%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 94%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 0%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 94%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 77%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 59%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 8%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 15%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 6%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 65%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 6%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 71%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 8%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 12%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 8%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 71%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 31%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 92%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 6%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 59%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 12%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 12%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 6%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 77%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 94%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 94%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 94%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 6%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 71%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 15%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 6%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 12%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 59%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 59%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 85%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 85%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 92%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 82%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 94%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 88%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 0%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 12%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 8%
Neil Abercrombie 88%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 85%
Todd Akin 0%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 8%
Thomas Allen 94%
Rob Andrews 88%
Joe Baca, Sr. 77%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 8%
Brian Baird 82%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 6%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Joe Barton 0%
Charlie Bass 29%
Max Baucus 69%
Evan Bayh 77%
Bob Bennett 8%
Douglas Bereuter 18%
Shelley Berkley 88%
Howard Berman 94%
Marion Berry 53%
Joe Biden, Jr. 85%
Judy Biggert 41%
Michael Bilirakis 6%
Jeff Bingaman 85%
Sherwood Boehlert 47%
John Boehner 0%
Kit Bond 8%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Mary Bono Mack 18%
Leonard Boswell 77%
Rick Boucher 94%
Barbara Boxer 85%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 65%
Bob Brady 94%
John Breaux 54%
Corrine Brown 88%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
Sam Brownback 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 15%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 62%
Dave Camp 0%
Ben Campbell 8%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
Lois Capps 77%
Mike Capuano 100%
Brad Carson 71%
Julia Carson 94%
Mike Castle 29%
Lincoln Chafee 62%
Hillary Clinton 92%
Howard Coble 0%
Thad Cochran 8%
Michael Collins 0%
Kent Conrad 77%
John Conyers, Jr. 94%
Jon Corzine 92%
Jerry Costello 47%
Christopher Cox 0%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 24%
Philip Crane 0%
Ander Crenshaw 0%
Joe Crowley 71%
Barbara Cubin 0%
John Culberson 0%
Randall Cunningham 6%
Thomas Daschle 85%
James Davis 77%
Jo Ann Davis 0%
Thomas Davis III 24%
Mark Dayton 92%
Nathan Deal 0%
Bill Delahunt 77%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Peter Deutsch 88%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 0%
Norm Dicks 94%
John Dingell 77%
Chris Dodd 77%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 8%
Calvin Dooley 82%
John Doolittle 0%

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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