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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Mark Begich 100%
Howard Berman 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
Norm Dicks 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 100%
Jim Gerlach 100%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
Michael Grimm 100%
Colleen Hanabusa 100%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
Rush Holt, Jr. 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
Mary Landrieu 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
Joe Lieberman 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
Carolyn McCarthy 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 100%
George Miller 100%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100%
Jim Moran, Jr. 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 100%
Silvestre Reyes 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Betty Sutton 100%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 100%
Ed Towns 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 88%
Roscoe Bartlett 88%
Shelley Berkley 88%
Judy Biggert 88%
Tim Bishop 88%
John Campbell III 88%
Hansen Clarke 88%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 88%
Nan Hayworth 88%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 88%
Maurice Hinchey 88%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 88%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 88%
Donald Payne 88%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 88%
Laura Richardson 88%
Steve Rothman 88%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 88%
Allyson Schwartz 88%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 88%
John Tierney 88%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 80%
Scott Brown 80%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 80%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 80%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 80%
Herb Kohl 80%
Frank Lautenberg 80%
Carl Levin 80%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 80%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 80%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 80%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 80%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 75%
Russ Carnahan 75%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 75%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 75%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 75%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 75%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 10 Bob Dold Republican 75%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
Barney Frank 75%
Elton Gallegly 75%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 75%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 75%
Dale Kildee 75%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 75%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 75%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 75%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 10 Tom Marino Republican 75%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 75%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 75%
Mike Michaud 75%
John Olver 75%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 75%
Nick Rahall II 75%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 75%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 75%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 75%
Bill Young 75%
Charlie Bass 63%
Bruce Braley 63%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 63%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 63%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 63%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 63%
Tim Johnson 63%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 63%
Steve LaTourette 63%
PA U.S. House 7 Pat Meehan Republican 63%
Todd Platts 63%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 63%
Henry Waxman 63%
Allen West 63%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 60%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 60%
Tom Harkin 60%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 60%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 60%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 60%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 60%
Olympia Snowe 60%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 60%
Mary Bono Mack 50%

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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