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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Americans for Democratic Action

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 5%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 10%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 10%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 75%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 5%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 10%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 65%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 15%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 10%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 5%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 5%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 95%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 95%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 25%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 65%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 10%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 80%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 30%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 70%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 25%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 75%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 15%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 5%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 80%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 65%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 5%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 80%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 80%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 85%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 20%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 90%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
Neil Abercrombie 95%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 15%
Gary Ackerman 80%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 85%
Bill Archer 5%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 0%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 50%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 5%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 10%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 5%
Bill Barrett 5%
Roscoe Bartlett 5%
Joe Barton 10%
Charlie Bass 15%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 15%
Max Baucus 65%
Bob Bennett 10%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 75%
Douglas Bereuter 20%
Howard Berman 80%
Marion Berry 75%
Joe Biden, Jr. 70%
Brian Bilbray 15%
Michael Bilirakis 10%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
Rod Blagojevich 90%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
Sherwood Boehlert 55%
John Boehner 0%
Kit Bond 15%
Henry Bonilla 5%
David Edward Bonior 85%
Sonny Bono 5%
Robert Borski, Jr. 75%
Leonard Boswell 65%
Rick Boucher 85%
Barbara Boxer 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 55%
John Breaux 55%
Corrine Brown 90%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
Sam Brownback 0%
Richard Bryan 70%
Ed Bryant 5%
Dale Bumpers 95%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 15%
Dan Burton 5%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 70%
Herbert Callahan 5%
Dave Camp 20%
Ben Campbell 25%
Thomas Campbell 50%
Chris Cannon 10%
Walter Holden Capps 80%
Julia Carson 90%
Mike Castle 50%
John Chafee 55%
Saxby Chambliss 5%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
Jon Lynn Christensen 5%
William Clay, Sr. 95%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 75%
Robert Clement 55%
Dan Coats 10%
Howard Coble 5%
Thomas Coburn 5%
Thad Cochran 15%
Michael Collins 5%
Larry Combest 10%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 65%
John Conyers, Jr. 95%
Merrill Cook 5%
John Cooksey 10%
Jerry Costello 85%
Paul Coverdell 10%
Christopher Cox 10%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 5%
Robert Cramer 45%
Philip Crane 5%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Alfonse D'Amato 35%
Patsy Ann Danner 50%
Thomas Daschle 80%
James Davis 75%
Thomas Davis III 25%
Nathan Deal 0%
Bill Delahunt 95%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Ronald Dellums 80%
Peter Deutsch 80%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 20%
Jay Dickey 5%
Norm Dicks 70%
John Dingell 80%
Julian Dixon 90%
Chris Dodd 90%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 25%
Calvin Dooley 65%

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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