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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2011-2012 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Sandy Adams 9%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 9%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 56%
Todd Akin 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 14%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Jason Altmire 27%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 9%
Rob Andrews 72%
Steve Austria 0%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 42%
Joe Baca, Sr. 36%
Michele Bachmann 9%
Spencer Bachus 9%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 81%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 27%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 42%
John Barrow 9%
Roscoe Bartlett 72%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 9%
Charlie Bass 45%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
Max Baucus 28%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 63%
Mark Begich 56%
MI U.S. House 1 Dan Benishek Republican 9%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 42%
Rick Berg 0%
Shelley Berkley 81%
Howard Berman 100%
Judy Biggert 54%
Brian Bilbray 36%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 0%
Jeff Bingaman 14%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 9%
Tim Bishop 90%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 27%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 56%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 45%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 42%
Dan Boren 9%
Leonard Boswell 27%
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 72%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 18%
Paul Broun 9%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 54%
Scott Brown 85%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 42%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 63%
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 42%
Dan Burton 27%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 54%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 36%
Dave Camp 0%
John Campbell III 63%
Francisco Canseco 0%
Eric Cantor 9%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 18%
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 85%
Dennis Cardoza 18%
Russ Carnahan 90%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 63%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 56%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 81%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 42%
LA U.S. Senate Jr Bill Cassidy Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 90%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 18%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 9%
Saxby Chambliss 28%
Ben Chandler III 18%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 100%
Hansen Clarke 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 90%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 90%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 81%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 36%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Dan Coats Republican 42%
Howard Coble 27%
Thomas Coburn 42%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 42%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 45%
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 28%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 56%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 45%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 42%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 42%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 0%
Jerry Costello 36%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 81%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 42%
Chip Cravaack 9%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
Mark Critz 36%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 18%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 9%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 81%
Geoff Davis 0%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 72%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
James DeMint 42%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 18%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 27%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 0%
Norm Dicks 81%
John Dingell 36%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 10 Bob Dold Republican 90%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 9%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 100%
David Dreier 9%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 18%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 9%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 27%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 90%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 9%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 42%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 81%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 63%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
Bob Filner 81%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 90%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 18%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 9%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 9%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 18%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 18%
Barney Frank 63%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 56%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 18%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 45%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 63%
Elton Gallegly 72%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 54%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 9%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 18%
Jim Gerlach 72%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 36%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 70%
Phil Gingrey 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 9%
Charlie Gonzalez 72%
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 9%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 42%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 9%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 42%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 9%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 63%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 18%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 9%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
Michael Grimm 81%
NH U.S. House 1 Frank Guinta Republican 27%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 90%

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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