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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Gun Owners of America

2005 Positions

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 25%
Gary Ackerman 50%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 50%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 75%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 100%
Rodney Alexander 50%
Wayne Allard 100%
George Allen 100%
Thomas Allen 25%
Rob Andrews 25%
Joe Baca, Sr. 75%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 50%
Brian Baird 50%
Richard Hugh Baker 50%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 25%
J. Gresham Barrett 75%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 50%
Roscoe Bartlett 75%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 50%
Charlie Bass 50%
Max Baucus 0%
Evan Bayh 0%
Melissa Bean 0%
Bob Beauprez 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 25%
Bob Bennett 100%
Shelley Berkley 25%
Howard Berman 25%
Marion Berry 50%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
Judy Biggert 50%
Michael Bilirakis 75%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 75%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 25%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 50%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 25%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 50%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 50%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 50%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 75%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 50%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 75%
Rick Boucher 50%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 50%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 50%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 50%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 25%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 50%
Henry Brown, Jr. 50%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 25%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 50%
Jim Bunning 100%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 75%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
Dan Burton 75%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 25%
Steve Buyer 50%
Robert Byrd 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 50%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 50%
Chris Cannon 75%
Eric Cantor 50%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 0%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 25%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 25%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 25%
Dennis Cardoza 50%
Russ Carnahan 25%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
Julia Carson 25%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 50%
Edward Case 0%
Mike Castle 0%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 50%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 100%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Chris Chocola 50%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 25%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 25%
Hillary Clinton 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 25%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 75%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 50%
Norm Coleman 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 50%
Kent Conrad 0%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 25%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 25%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 100%
Jon Corzine 0%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 50%
Jerry Costello 50%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 25%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 50%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 50%
Barbara Cubin 75%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 50%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 25%
Randall Cunningham 50%
Artur Davis 50%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 25%
Geoff Davis 75%
James Davis 0%
Jo Ann Davis 75%
Lincoln Davis 50%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 25%
Thomas Davis III 0%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 75%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 50%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 25%
Bill Delahunt 25%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 25%
Thomas DeLay 50%
James DeMint 100%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 50%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 75%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 75%
Norm Dicks 25%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 75%
Chris Dodd 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 25%
Elizabeth Dole 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
John Doolittle 75%
Byron Dorgan 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 25%
Thelma Drake 50%
David Dreier 50%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 75%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 25%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 25%
Jo Ann Emerson 50%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 25%
Philip English 50%
John Ensign 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 25%
Terry Everett 50%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 25%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 25%
Tom Feeney 75%
Russ Feingold 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 0%
Michael Ferguson 0%
Bob Filner 25%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 25%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 50%
Mark Foley 50%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 75%
Harold Ford, Jr. 50%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 50%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 50%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 75%
Barney Frank 25%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 75%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 25%
William Frist 0%
Elton Gallegly 50%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 75%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 50%
Jim Gibbons 75%
Wayne Gilchrest 0%
Paul Gillmor 50%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 50%
Charlie Gonzalez 50%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 75%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 50%
Bart Gordon 50%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 50%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 25%
Mark Green 50%

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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