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J. Dennis Hastert's Ratings and Endorsements

Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

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 issue 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.

With rare exceptions, Vote Smart displays interest group ratings as a 0-100 percentage. While many interest groups use percentages as ratings to begin with, please note that Vote Smart has translated some ratings to a percentage from a different rating system for consistency and ease in understanding. Please visit the group's website, email us at ratings@votesmart.org or call our Voter Information Hotline at 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
88%
2001-2002
88%
1999-2000
67%
2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
100%
1999-2000
100%
1999
100%
1997-1998
100%
1997
100%
1996
23%
2005-2006
67%
2000
100%
1999
93%
1995-1996
100%
1993-1994
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
12%
2005
0%
2005
30%
1991-1992
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
50%
1998
71%
1997
47%
1996
30%
1995
38%
1994
33%
1993
Anti Hemp
2002
Anti Hemp
2002
0%
2001-2002
0%
2001-2002
0%
2005
0%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
0%
2001-2002
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005-2006
0%
2001-2002
0%
2001-2002
0%
2005-2006
0%
2001-2002
0%
2007
89%
2003
89%
2003
91%
2003
91%
2003
95%
2003
95%
2003
4%
2003
96%
2003
96%
2003
0%
2003
0%
2003
36%
1999
36%
1999
64%
1999
64%
1999
17%
1998
17%
1998
82%
1998
82%
1998
81%
1998
81%
1998
14%
1998
14%
1998
19%
1998
19%
1998
79%
1998
79%
1998
0%
1996
90%
1996
90%
1996
0%
1996
82%
1996
82%
1996
21%
1996
21%
1996
72%
1996
72%
1996
0%
2003
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
100%
2001-2002
100%
2000
100%
1999
100%
1998
100%
1997
93%
1995-1996
92%
1995
0%
2006
0%
2006
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003
100%
2003
100%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
100%
2003-2004
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003
0%
2003
0%
2001-2002
0%
2001-2002
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
16%
1997-1998
16%
1997-1998
18%
1997
18%
1997
7%
1995-1996
7%
1995-1996
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
0%
2003
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
4%
1989-1990
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003
0%
2003
0%
2001-2002
0%
2001-2002
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
16%
1997-1998
16%
1997-1998
18%
1997
18%
1997
7%
1995-1996
7%
1995-1996
0%
2003-2004
17%
2001-2002
0%
2001
50%
2000
100%
1999
6%
1997-1998
0%
1997
0%
1996
75%
1997-1998
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
0%
2001-2002
0%
2001
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999
0%
1997-1998
0%
1997-1998
000%
1995-1996
000%
1995-1996
100%
1995-1996
100%
1995-1996
100%
2005
100%
2004
75%
2003
100%
2001
100%
2000
90%
1999
100%
1998
88%
1997
100%
1996
90%
1995
92%
1995
95%
1994
100%
1993
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
88%
2001-2002
88%
1999-2000
90%
2004
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
78%
2001-2002
83%
2000
75%
1997-1998
75%
1995-1996
0%
2001-2002
10%
2007-2008
14%
2005-2006
80%
1997
86%
1996
0%
2001-2002
0%
1999-2000
0%
2004
0%
2004
0%
2003
0%
2003
0%
2002
0%
2002
0%
2001
0%
2001
0%
2000
0%
2000
0%
1999
0%
1999
0%
1998
0%
1998
0%
1997
0%
1997
0%
1996
0%
1996
8%
1995
8%
1995
17%
2007
100%
1995-1996
100%
1995-1996
100%
2001
100%
2000
100%
2003-2004
0%
1999-2000
0%
2006
7%
2007
7%
2007
48%
1999-2000
97%
1997-1998
100%
1995-1996
51%
1998
51%
1997
82%
1995
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005-2006
67%
1997-1998
67%
1997-1998
45%
1995
10%
1995
0%
2001-2002
44%
2007-2008
13%
2003-2004
13%
2003-2004
35%
2001-2002
0
2001-2002
100%
1993-1994
0%
2003
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
0%
2001-2002
0%
1999-2000
0%
2001-2002
0%
2001-2002
0%
2000
0%
1999
67%
1998
25%
1997
17%
1996
40%
2003
C-
2003
0%
2001-2002
0%
2001-2002
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
93%
2004
93%
2002
93%
2000
100%
1993-1994
0%
1999-2000
0%
2001
0%
2001
16%
1997-1998
16%
1997-1998
13%
1995-1996
13%
1995-1996
0%
2007
100%
2003
0%
2001
0%
2005-2006
0%
2005-2006
100%
2003
75%
2004
0%
2003
0%
2006