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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 70%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 56%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 28%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 20%
Rodney Alexander 28%
Wayne Allard 20%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 85%
Joe Baca, Sr. 56%
Spencer Bachus 28%
Brian Baird 70%
Richard Hugh Baker 14%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 42%
John Barrow 14%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 28%
Max Baucus 20%
Evan Bayh 80%
Melissa Bean 70%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 70%
Bob Bennett 40%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 85%
Marion Berry 14%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
Judy Biggert 100%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 28%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 42%
Tim Bishop 85%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 14%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 14%
John Boehner 14%
Kit Bond 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 14%
Mary Bono Mack 85%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 42%
Dan Boren 14%
Leonard Boswell 28%
Rick Boucher 42%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 14%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 14%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 14%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 85%
Henry Brown, Jr. 70%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 28%
Jim Bunning 20%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 42%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 20%
Dan Burton 70%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 42%
Steve Buyer 14%
Robert Byrd 80%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 56%
Dave Camp 14%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 14%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 85%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
Dennis Cardoza 28%
Russ Carnahan 85%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
Julia Carson 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 14%
Mike Castle 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 70%
Saxby Chambliss 20%
Ben Chandler III 42%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 85%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
Howard Coble 28%
Thomas Coburn 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 14%
Norm Coleman 60%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 14%
Kent Conrad 20%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 28%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 28%
Jerry Costello 85%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 56%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 42%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
Barbara Cubin 42%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 28%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 14%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
Artur Davis 70%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
Geoff Davis 56%
Jo Ann Davis 70%
Lincoln Davis 28%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
Thomas Davis III 85%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 42%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 70%
Bill Delahunt 85%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
James DeMint 40%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 70%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 56%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 56%
Norm Dicks 100%
John Dingell 14%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 85%
Elizabeth Dole 60%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 20%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 85%
Thelma Drake 14%
David Dreier 70%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 14%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 14%
Vern Ehlers 56%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 85%
Jo Ann Emerson 28%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 100%
John Ensign 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 70%
Terry Everett 56%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Tom Feeney 0%
Russ Feingold 60%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Michael Ferguson 100%
Bob Filner 56%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 56%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 28%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 70%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 14%
Barney Frank 85%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 42%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 85%
Elton Gallegly 70%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 14%
Jim Gerlach 100%
Wayne Gilchrest 56%
Paul Gillmor 42%
Phil Gingrey 28%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 85%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 42%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 14%
Bart Gordon 42%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 14%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 56%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 85%
Judd Gregg 40%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 85%
Charles Hagel 40%
Ralph Hall 70%
Tom Harkin 60%
Jane Harman 56%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 70%
Doc Hastings 28%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 20%
Robert Hayes 14%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 14%
Wally Herger, Jr. 28%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 42%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 85%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 0%
David Lee Hobson 70%
Pete Hoekstra 42%
Thomas Holden 42%
Rush Holt, Jr. 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 70%
Darlene Hooley 85%

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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