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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2011-2012 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
Howard Berman 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%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 100%
Hansen Clarke 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%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
Colleen Hanabusa 100%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
Rush Holt, Jr. 100%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin 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%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
George Miller 100%
Jim Moran, Jr. 100%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 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%
Silvestre Reyes 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 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 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 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%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 100%
Henry Waxman 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 100%
Tim Bishop 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
Russ Carnahan 90%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 90%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 10 Bob Dold Republican 90%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 90%
Maurice Hinchey 90%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 90%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 90%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 90%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 90%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 90%
Laura Richardson 90%
Steve Rothman 90%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
John Tierney 90%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 90%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 90%
Scott Brown 85%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 85%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
Mary Landrieu 85%
Frank Lautenberg 85%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 85%
Joe Lieberman 85%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 85%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 81%
Shelley Berkley 81%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 81%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 81%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 81%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 81%
Norm Dicks 81%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 81%
Bob Filner 81%
Michael Grimm 81%
Nan Hayworth 81%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 5 Dan Kildee Democratic 81%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 81%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 81%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 81%
John Olver 81%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 81%
Allyson Schwartz 81%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 81%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 81%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 81%
Rob Andrews 72%
Roscoe Bartlett 72%
Bruce Braley 72%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 72%
Elton Gallegly 72%
Jim Gerlach 72%
Charlie Gonzalez 72%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 72%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 72%
Tim Johnson 72%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 72%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 72%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 72%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 72%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 72%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 70%
Herb Kohl 70%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 70%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 70%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 70%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 63%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 63%
John Campbell III 63%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 63%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 63%
Barney Frank 63%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 63%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 63%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 63%
Brad Miller 63%
Todd Platts 63%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 63%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 63%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 56%
Mark Begich 56%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 56%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 56%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 56%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 56%
Tom Harkin 56%
Daniel Inouye 56%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 56%
Carl Levin 56%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 56%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 56%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 56%
Judy Biggert 54%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 54%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 54%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 54%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 54%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 54%

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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