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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Sandy Adams 13%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 13%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 80%
Todd Akin 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Jason Altmire 25%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 13%
Rob Andrews 100%
Steve Austria 0%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 20%
Joe Baca, Sr. 13%
Michele Bachmann 13%
Spencer Bachus 13%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 25%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 20%
John Barrow 13%
Roscoe Bartlett 88%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 13%
Charlie Bass 63%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 38%
Max Baucus 20%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 38%
Mark Begich 100%
MI U.S. House 1 Dan Benishek Republican 13%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 40%
Rick Berg 0%
Shelley Berkley 88%
Howard Berman 100%
Judy Biggert 88%
Brian Bilbray 25%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 0%
Jeff Bingaman 40%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 13%
Tim Bishop 88%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 38%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 40%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 20%
Dan Boren 13%
Leonard Boswell 25%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
Bruce Braley 63%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 25%
Paul Broun 13%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 38%
Scott Brown 80%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 60%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 75%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 0%
Ann Marie Buerkle 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 20%
Dan Burton 38%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 50%
Dave Camp 0%
John Campbell III 88%
Francisco Canseco 0%
Eric Cantor 13%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
Dennis Cardoza 0%
Russ Carnahan 75%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 75%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 80%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 20%
LA U.S. Senate Jr Bill Cassidy Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 38%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 13%
Saxby Chambliss 0%
Ben Chandler III 25%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 100%
Hansen Clarke 88%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 38%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 75%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 75%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 13%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Dan Coats Republican 20%
Howard Coble 13%
Thomas Coburn 40%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 20%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 38%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 100%
Kent Conrad 20%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 80%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 50%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 20%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 0%
Jerry Costello 50%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 88%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 20%
Chip Cravaack 13%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
Mark Critz 38%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 13%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 88%
Geoff Davis 0%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 75%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
James DeMint 20%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 13%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 38%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 0%
Norm Dicks 100%
John Dingell 13%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 10 Bob Dold Republican 75%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 13%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 100%
David Dreier 13%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 13%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 13%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 25%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 75%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 0%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 63%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 63%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 25%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 13%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 25%
Barney Frank 75%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 40%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 25%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 38%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 13%
Elton Gallegly 75%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 50%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 13%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 25%
Jim Gerlach 100%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 50%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
Phil Gingrey 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 13%
Charlie Gonzalez 50%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 13%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 13%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 13%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 25%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 13%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
Michael Grimm 100%
NH U.S. House 1 Frank Guinta Republican 13%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 63%

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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