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John Whitmire's Ratings and Endorsements

Office: State Senate (TX) - District 15, Democratic

Business and Consumers

2013 Texas Association of Business - Cumulative Score 55%
2013 Texas Association of Business - Positions 91%
2011 Texas Association of Business - Cumulative Score 49%
2011 Texas Association of Business - Positions 73%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Economic Issues 32%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Social Issues 40%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Total Score 33%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Other Conservative Issues Score 32%
2009 Texas Association of Business - Positions 42%
2009 Texas Association of Business - Lifetime Score 45%
2009 Texas National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 50%
2007 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Conservative Issues 47
2007 Texas Association of Business - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 60
2007 Texas National Federation of Independent Business - Positions on Pro-Small Business Policy 67
2005-2006 Texas National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 75%
2005 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2005 Texas Association of Business - Positions 45%
2003 Heritage Alliance - Positions 28%
2003 Texas Association of Business - Positions 20%
2001 Heritage Alliance - Positions 24%
2001 Texas Association of Business - Positions 56%
1999 Heritage Alliance - Positions 30%
1999 Texas National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 83%
1997 Heritage Alliance - Positions 34%
1997 Texas National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 80%
1995-1996 Texas National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
1995 Heritage Alliance - Positions 61%

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2001 Texas NAACP - Positions 100%

Fiscally Conservative

2013 Americans for Prosperity Texas - Positions (Senate) 60%
2013 Texans for Fiscal Responsibility - Positions 50%
2013 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 41%
2013 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 27%
2012 Texas Conservative Roundtable - Positions 76%
2011 Americans for Prosperity Texas - Positions 62%
2011 Texans for Fiscal Responsibility - Positions 0%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 37%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 26%
2009 Americans for Prosperity Texas - Positions 45%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Total Score 33%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Economic Issues 32%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Other Conservative Issues Score 32%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Social Issues 40%
2009 Texans for Fiscal Responsibility - Positions 28%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 22%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 25%
2007 Americans for Prosperity Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues 22%
2007 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Conservative Issues 47
2007 Texans for Fiscal Responsibility - Positions on the Size and Role of Government 16.67
2007 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues 26
2005 Americans for Prosperity Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues F
2005 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2005 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 15%
2003 Heritage Alliance - Positions 28%
2003 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 22%
2001 Heritage Alliance - Positions 24%
2001 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 30%
1999 Heritage Alliance - Positions 30%
1999 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 27%
1997 Heritage Alliance - Positions 34%
1995 Heritage Alliance - Positions 61%

Socially Conservative

2013 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 25%
2013 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 25%
2013 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 27%
2013 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 27%
2013 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 41%
2013 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 41%
2012 Texas Conservative Roundtable - Positions 76%
2012 Texas Conservative Roundtable - Positions 76%
2011 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 32%
2011 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 32%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 37%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 26%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 37%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 26%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Other Conservative Issues Score 32%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Social Issues 40%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Social Issues 40%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Total Score 33%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Total Score 33%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Other Conservative Issues Score 32%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Economic Issues 32%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Economic Issues 32%
2009 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 20%
2009 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 20%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 22%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 22%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 25%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 25%
2007 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Conservative Issues 47
2007 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Conservative Issues 47
2007 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 24%
2007 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 24%
2007 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues 26
2007 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues 26
2005 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2005 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2005 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 24%
2005 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 24%
2005 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 15%
2005 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 15%
2003 Heritage Alliance - Positions 28%
2003 Heritage Alliance - Positions 28%
2003 Texas Christian Coalition - Positions 17%
2003 Texas Christian Coalition - Positions 17%
2003 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 33%
2003 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 33%
2003 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 22%
2003 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 22%
2001 Heritage Alliance - Positions 24%
2001 Heritage Alliance - Positions 24%
2001 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 11%
2001 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 11%
2001 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 30%
2001 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 30%
1999 Heritage Alliance - Positions 30%
1999 Heritage Alliance - Positions 30%
1999 Texas Christian Coalition - Positions 10%
1999 Texas Christian Coalition - Positions 10%
1999 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 10%
1999 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 10%
1999 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 27%
1999 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 27%
1997 Heritage Alliance - Positions 34%
1997 Heritage Alliance - Positions 34%
1997 Texas Christian Coalition - Positions 20%
1997 Texas Christian Coalition - Positions 20%
1995 Heritage Alliance - Positions 61%
1995 Heritage Alliance - Positions 61%

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