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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2007-2008 Positions on Animal Protection

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 92%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 50%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 8%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 17%
Rodney Alexander 25%
Jason Altmire 67%
Rob Andrews 67%
Michael Arcuri 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 50%
Michele Bachmann 8%
Spencer Bachus 33%
Brian Baird 75%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 17%
J. Gresham Barrett 25%
John Barrow 42%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Max Baucus 17%
Evan Bayh 50%
Melissa Bean 58%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 67%
Bob Bennett 33%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 50%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 117%
Judy Biggert 92%
Brian Bilbray 42%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 58%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 42%
Tim Bishop 83%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 17%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 92%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 8%
John Boehner 0%
Kit Bond 17%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 17%
Mary Bono Mack 92%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 33%
Dan Boren 33%
Leonard Boswell 42%
Rick Boucher 83%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 25%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 117%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 42%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 8%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 92%
Bruce Braley 67%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 50%
Henry Brown, Jr. 75%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 33%
Ginny Brown-Waite 25%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 67%
Jim Bunning 17%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 25%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 33%
Dan Burton 42%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 67%
Steve Buyer 17%
Robert Byrd 83%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 50%
Dave Camp 25%
John Campbell III 58%
Eric Cantor 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 117%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 58%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 108%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 92%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
Dennis Cardoza 33%
Russ Carnahan 67%
Christopher Carney 50%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 17%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 50%
Mike Castle 92%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 58%
Saxby Chambliss 33%
Ben Chandler III 75%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 83%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 83%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 83%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 58%
Howard Coble 17%
Thomas Coburn 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 50%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 108%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 33%
Norm Coleman 67%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 8%
Kent Conrad 33%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 50%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 17%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 42%
Jerry Costello 50%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
Larry Craig 17%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 33%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 42%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 8%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Artur Davis 50%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 75%
David Davis 8%
Geoff Davis 42%
Lincoln Davis 50%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 108%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 17%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 108%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 75%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 108%
James DeMint 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 58%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 42%
Norm Dicks 108%
John Dingell 42%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 50%
Byron Dorgan 17%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 108%
David Dreier 17%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 25%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 67%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 83%
Brad Ellsworth 42%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 83%
Jo Ann Emerson 25%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 83%
John Ensign 67%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 92%
Bob Etheridge 50%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 108%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 92%
Russ Feingold 67%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 42%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 42%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 8%
Barney Frank 92%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 17%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 67%
Elton Gallegly 83%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 8%
Jim Gerlach 100%
Gabrielle Giffords 75%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 58%
Phil Gingrey 17%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 8%
Charlie Gonzalez 83%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 17%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 33%
Bart Gordon 50%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 17%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 17%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 8%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 50%
Judd Gregg 17%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 108%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 100%
Charles Hagel 17%
John Hall 100%
Ralph Hall 25%
Phil Hare 92%
Tom Harkin 67%
Jane Harman 67%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 83%
Doc Hastings 17%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 17%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 17%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 67%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 92%
Baron Hill 67%
Maurice Hinchey 108%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 42%

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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