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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 8%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 17%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 33%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 85%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 50%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 33%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 17%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 92%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 17%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 83%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 69%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 46%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 50%
LA U.S. Senate Jr Bill Cassidy Republican 15%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 33%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 83%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 50%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 100%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 50%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 17%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 17%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 33%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 17%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 33%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 77%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 33%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 23%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 83%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 67%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 83%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 50%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 83%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 17%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 17%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 83%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 50%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 77%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 38%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 8%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 15%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 23%
AZ U.S. House 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 38%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 63%
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 23%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 23%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 25 Steve Knight Republican 75%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 35 Norma Torres Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 31%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 54%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 46%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 8%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 69%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 85%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 15%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 54%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 92%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 23%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 54%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 23%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 23%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 54%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 46%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 54%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 62%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 31%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 46%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 54%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 46%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 69%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 54%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 62%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 0%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 31%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 62%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 31%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 69%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 54%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 15%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 62%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 69%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 69%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 15%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 77%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 31%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 38%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 15%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 69%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 62%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 69%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 54%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 77%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 46%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 15%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 23%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 77%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 31%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 85%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 85%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 54%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 54%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 62%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 0%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 38%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 15%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 77%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 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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