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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Heritage Alliance

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 0%
Gary Ackerman 5%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 93%
John Adler 5%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 9%
Todd Akin 94%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 81%
Rodney Alexander 88%
Jason Altmire 5%
Rob Andrews 5%
Michael Arcuri 11%
Steve Austria 76%
Joe Baca, Sr. 5%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 94%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 85%
Brian Baird 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 5%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 93%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 17%
Roscoe Bartlett 87%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 82%
Max Baucus 25%
Evan Bayh 43%
Melissa Bean 12%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 5%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 15%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 15%
Bob Bennett 87%
Shelley Berkley 5%
Howard Berman 5%
Marion Berry 13%
Judy Biggert 64%
Brian Bilbray 82%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 70%
Jeff Bingaman 3%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 94%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 5%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 94%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 94%
John Boccieri 5%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 94%
Kit Bond 84%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 94%
Mary Bono Mack 52%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 94%
Dan Boren 17%
Leonard Boswell 6%
Rick Boucher 0%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 81%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 12%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 17%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 94%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 5%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 5%
Bobby Bright 62%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 93%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 7%
Henry Brown, Jr. 80%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 9%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Ginny Brown-Waite 60%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 52%
Jim Bunning 100%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 88%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 96%
Roland Burris 9%
Dan Burton 94%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 6%
Steve Buyer 94%
Robert Byrd 30%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 82%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 70%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 91%
Eric Cantor 94%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 9%
Joseph Cao 41%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 41%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 5%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 5%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 9%
Dennis Cardoza 11%
Russ Carnahan 5%
Christopher Carney 13%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 9%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 5%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 94%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 21%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 75%
Mike Castle 35%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 5%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 94%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 96%
Ben Chandler III 5%
Travis Childers 23%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 5%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 5%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 5%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 6%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 94%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 84%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 94%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 5%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 88%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 94%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 5%
Kent Conrad 13%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 6%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 23%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 90%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 12%
Jerry Costello 5%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 5%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 93%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 80%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 5%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 94%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 5%
Kathy Dahlkemper 5%
Artur Davis 5%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 5%
Geoff Davis 94%
Lincoln Davis 5%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 5%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 94%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 5%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 5%
Bill Delahunt 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 5%
James DeMint 100%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 52%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 52%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 52%
Norm Dicks 5%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 0%
Chris Dodd 9%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 5%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 23%
Byron Dorgan 13%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 5%
David Dreier 94%
Steve Driehaus 11%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 88%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 9%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 0%
Chet Edwards 5%
Vern Ehlers 58%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
Brad Ellsworth 17%
Jo Ann Emerson 52%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 5%
John Ensign 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 5%
Bob Etheridge 6%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 94%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 6%
Russ Feingold 25%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 3%
Bob Filner 5%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 93%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 94%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 94%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 76%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 11%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 94%
Barney Frank 6%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 93%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 73%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 5%
Elton Gallegly 73%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 94%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 41%
Gabrielle Giffords 17%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 13%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 93%
Charlie Gonzalez 5%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 93%
Bart Gordon 5%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 93%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 96%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 93%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 5%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 5%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 5%
Judd Gregg 89%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 35%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 0%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 88%

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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