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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2013 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 11%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 16%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 22%
NV U.S. House 2 Mark Amodei Republican 11%
Rob Andrews 77%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 50%
Michele Bachmann 11%
Spencer Bachus 22%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 50%
Ron Barber 11%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 44%
KY U.S. House 6 Andy Barr Republican 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
John Barrow 11%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
Max Baucus 0%
OH U.S. House 3 Joyce Beatty Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 33%
Mark Begich 33%
MI U.S. House 1 Dan Benishek Republican 0%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 33%
Kerry Bentivolio 11%
CA U.S. House 7 Ami Bera Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 22%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 22%
Tim Bishop 66%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
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 16%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic 100%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 11%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
Bruce Braley 44%
OK U.S. House 1 Jim Bridenstine Republican 11%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 0%
IN U.S. House 5 Susan Brooks Republican 0%
Paul Broun 11%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 77%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 11%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 16%
IL U.S. House 17 Cheri Bustos Democratic 44%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 22%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 44%
Dave Camp 11%
John Campbell III 66%
Eric Cantor 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 83%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 22%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 29 Tony Cárdenas Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 66%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 66%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 17 Matt Cartwright Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 50%
LA U.S. Senate Jr Bill Cassidy Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 20 Joaquin Castro Democratic 55%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 33%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 0%
Saxby Chambliss 0%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 55%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 44%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Dan Coats Republican 0%
Howard Coble 22%
Thomas Coburn 16%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 16%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 44%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 27 Chris Collins Republican 22%
GA U.S. House 9 Doug Collins Republican 11%
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%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 22%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 66%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 44%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 44%
AR U.S. Senate Jr Tom Cotton Republican 22%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 88%
ND U.S. House At-Large Kevin Cramer Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 16%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 11%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 77%
TX U.S. Senate Jr Ted Cruz Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 22%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 11%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
MT U.S. Senate Jr Steve Daines Republican 11%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 66%
IL U.S. House 13 Rodney Davis Republican 22%
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 66%
MD U.S. House 6 John Delaney Democratic 77%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 1 Suzan DelBene Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 44%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 22%
FL U.S. House 6 Ron DeSantis Republican 22%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 11%
John Dingell 55%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 88%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 8 Tammy Duckworth Democratic 88%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 11%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 11%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 22%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 88%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 22%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Bill Enyart 22%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 5 Elizabeth Esty Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 88%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 88%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 0%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Deb Fischer Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 77%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 22%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 66%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 22 Lois Frankel Democratic 100%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 33%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 22%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 55%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 44%
HI U.S. House 2 Tulsi Gabbard Democratic 88%
Pete Gallego 66%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 66%
Joe Garcia 55%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 11%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 11%
Jim Gerlach 66%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 11%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 44%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 83%
Phil Gingrey 33%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 11%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 11%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 22%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 11%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 11%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 22%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 11%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
Michael Grimm 88%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 77%
Kay Hagan 0%
CA U.S. House 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 100%
Ralph Hall 11%
Colleen Hanabusa 77%
NY U.S. House 22 Richard Hanna Republican 44%
Tom Harkin 50%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 0%
MD U.S. House 1 Andy Harris Republican 11%

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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