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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association

2008 Candidate Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 100%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 92%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 92%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 92%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 0%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 92%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 42%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 92%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 0%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 0%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 25%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 17%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 50%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam Republican 92%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 92%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 92%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 67%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 92%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 100%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 92%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 17%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 92%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 42%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 0%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 0%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 0%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 17%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 92%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 92%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 92%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 92%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 83%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 0%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 92%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 92%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 92%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 92%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 92%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 92%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 92%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 92%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 92%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 92%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 92%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 92%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 92%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 92%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 42%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 92%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 92%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 92%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 83%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 17%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 92%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 17%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 92%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 33%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 92%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 92%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 17%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 83%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 92%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 92%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 92%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 92%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 42%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 92%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 92%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 92%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 92%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 92%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 92%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 92%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 67%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 92%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 92%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 92%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 92%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 0%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 92%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 92%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 92%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 92%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 92%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 42%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 42%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 0%

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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