Representative Lamar S. Smith's Special Interest Group Ratings

Biographical

Full Name: Lamar S. Smith
Current Office: U.S. House - District 21, Republican
First Elected: 11/04/1986
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 21
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Beth; 2 Children
Birth Date: 11/19/1947
Birth Place: San Antonio, TX
Home City: San Antonio, TX
Religion: Christian Scientist
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2013 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2013 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 7% 2013 Bread for the World - Positions 10% 2013 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 84% 2013 FreedomWorks - Positions 62% 2013 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy 13% 2013 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy 85% 2013 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 6% 2013 The Club for Growth - Positions 76% 2013 The Club for Growth - Positions (lifetime) 73% 2012 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 8% 2012 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 10% 2012 Bread for the World - Positions 25% 2012 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 7% 2012 FreedomWorks - Positions 40% 2012 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 72% 2012 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 72% 2012 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 24% 2012 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 0% 2011 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2011 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 56% 2011 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 0% 2011 FreedomWorks - Positions 63% 2011 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 71% 2011 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 71% 2011 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 17% 2011 The Club for Growth - Positions 59% 2010 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 93% 2010 FreedomWorks - Positions 94% 2010 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 89% 2010 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 19% 2010 The Club for Growth - Positions 100% 2009-2010 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 91% 2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 0% 2009 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 10% 2009 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 8% 2009 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 45% 2009 FreedomWorks - Positions 90% 2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 93% 2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 84% 2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 84% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 80% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 77% 2009 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 28 2009 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 0% 2009 The Club for Growth - Positions 89% 2008 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 50% 2008 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 8% 2008 Americans for Fair Taxation - Positions on the FairTax -1 2008 Citizens Against Government Waste - Lifetime Score 65% 2008 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 71% 2008 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 30 2008 FreedomWorks - Positions 72% 2008 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score B- 2008 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score B- 2008 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions 47% 2008 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 33% 2008 The Club for Growth - Positions 66% 2007-2008 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 90% 2007-2008 Population Action International - Positions 0% 2007 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 10% 2007 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 100% 2007 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 49% 2007 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 11 2007 FreedomWorks - Positions 85% 2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score B+ 2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score B+ 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 61% 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 82% 2007 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law - Positions on Poverty Action D 2007 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 21% 2007 The Club for Growth - Positions 16% 2006 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2006 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 95% 2006 Church World Service - Positions 33 2006 FreedomWorks - Positions 67% 2006 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 56% 2006 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 56% 2006 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 11% 2006 The Club for Growth - Positions 51% 2006 The Retired Enlisted Association - Retired Military Benefits Issues Score 14% 2006 United States Women's Chamber of Commerce - Positions 0% 2005-2006 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 74% 2005-2006 Citizens for Tax Justice - Positions 0% 2005-2006 Freedom Democrats - Positions on Economic Issues 20% 2005-2006 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 74% 2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 93% 2005-2006 Population Action International - Positions on Reproductive Health 0% 2005 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2005 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 96% 2005 Church World Service - Positions 25 2005 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 74% 2005 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 0% 2005 FreedomWorks - Positions 71% 2005 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 57% 2005 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 57% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 42% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 64% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 85% 2005 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 6% 2005 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 11% 2004 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2004 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 95% 2004 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 53% 2004 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 0% 2004 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 57% 2004 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 57% 2004 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 53% 2004 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 0% 2004 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 12% 2004 United States Women's Chamber of Commerce - Positions 50% 2003-2004 Bread for the World - Positions 75% 2003-2004 FreedomWorks - Positions 64% 2003-2004 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 78% 2003-2004 Population Action International - Positions 0% 2003 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2003 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 95% 2003 Bread for the World - Positions 100% 2003 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 71% 2003 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 40% 2003 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 59% 2003 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 59% 2003 Population Action International - Positions 0% 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 85 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 85 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 85 2003 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 0% 2003 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 15% 2002 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2002 American Benefits Council - Positions 40% 2002 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 100% 2002 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 77% 2002 Emergency Committee for American Trade - Positions 75% 2002 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 51% 2002 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 51% 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 83 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 83 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 83 2002 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 0% 2002 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 0% 2001-2002 Bread for the World - Positions 33% 2001-2002 Concord Coalition - Positions 25% 2001-2002 FreedomWorks - Positions 75% 2001-2002 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 31% 2001-2002 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 85% 2001 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2001 American Benefits Council - Positions 100% 2001 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 100% 2001 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 79% 2001 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 85% 2001 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 61% 2001 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 61% 2001 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 74% 2001 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 25% 2001 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 23% 2000 American Benefits Council - Positions 100% 2000 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 95% 2000 Bread for the World - Positions 0% 2000 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 71% 2000 Concord Coalition - Positions 25% 2000 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 0% 2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 74% 2000 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 14% 2000 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 29% 1999-2000 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 36% 1999-2000 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 84% 1999-2000 United Seniors Association - Positions 89% 1999 American Farm Bureau Federation - Positions 91% 1999 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 80% 1999 Bread for the World - Positions 0% 1999 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 73% 1999 Concord Coalition - Positions 19% 1999 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 22% 1999 National Foreign Trade Council - Positions 50% 1999 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 84% 1999 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 52% 1999 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 52% 1999 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 22 1999 United Seniors Association - Positions 100% 1998 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 100% 1998 Bread for the World - Positions 67% 1998 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 67% 1998 Concord Coalition - Positions 16% 1998 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 10% 1998 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 50% 1998 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 50% 1998 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 12% 1997-1998 60 Plus Association - Positions 100% 1997-1998 60 Plus Association - Positions 100% 1997-1998 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 40% 1997-1998 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 97% 1997 Bread for the World - Positions 25% 1997 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 68% 1997 Concord Coalition - Positions 66% 1997 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 30% 1997 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 55% 1997 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 55% 1997 Taxpayers for Common Sense - Positions 25% 1996 Bread for the World - Positions on Addressing World Hunger 17% 1996 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 73% 1996 Concord Coalition - Positions 45% 1996 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 10% 1995-1996 60 Plus Association - Positions 100% 1995-1996 60 Plus Association - Positions 100% 1995-1996 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 27% 1995-1996 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 100% 1995 Citizens Against Government Waste - Positions 62% 1995 Concord Coalition - Positions 48% 1995 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 80% 1995 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 80% 1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Budget Score 81% 1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Taxes Score 100% 1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Spending Score 81%

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