Tech Law Journal Congressional Scorecard 1998

Introduction and Summary


Senate Scores
House Scores
Scorecard Criteria
Notes on Methods


Senate Top 10
House Top 10


Regional Patterns
Urban vs. Rural
Party Affiliation
Digital Divide
Gender Gap?
Age and Seniority

(January 5, 1999)  Tech Law Journal rated all 435 members of the House of Representatives and all 100 Senators on the basis of their support for high tech. The rating is a 0 to 100 scale, with 100 reflected a perfect score. See, the House Scorecard 1998 and the Senate Scorecard 1998.

The criteria used to rate the legislators were support for encryption legislation (based on co-sponsorship of encryption bills), support for the Internet Tax Freedom Act (roll call vote in the Senate, co-sponsorship of the bill in the House), support for increasing the number of H1B visas for high tech professionals (roll call votes), support for relief for high tech companies from class action securities suits (roll call votes), and membership in the Internet Caucus. See, Selection of Criteria for the Scorecard, and Notes on Methods.

In addition to rating all Representatives and Senators, Tech Law Journal produced its own list of the Top Ten Representatives and the Top Ten Senators. This ranking was based on the Scorecard ratings, as well as the leadership demonstrated in pursuing issues that are important to high tech. The top ten are as follows.

  House Senate
1 Rick White (R-WA) Conrad Burns (R-MT)
2 Anna Eshoo (D-CA) Ron Wyden (D-OR)
3 Chris Cox (R-CA) Spencer Abraham (R-MI)
4 Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) Robert Bennett (R-UT)
5 Billy Tauzin (R-LA) John Ashcroft (R-MO)
6 Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
7 David Dreier (R-CA) Patty Murray (D-WA)
8 Tom Campbell (R-CA) Larry Craig (R-ID)
9 Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) Frank Murkowski (R-AK)
10 Rick Boucher (R-VA) Trent Lott (R-MS)

Tech Law Journal also analyzed the Scorecard ratings, and made the following findings: