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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Gun Owners of America

2005 Positions

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 50%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 50%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 25%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 0%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 75%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 25%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 0%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 75%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 25%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 50%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 75%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 75%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 75%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 25%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 100%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 75%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 50%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 25%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 75%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 50%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 25%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 50%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 50%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 50%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 50%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 25%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 50%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 50%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 0%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 25%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 50%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 75%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 25%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 50%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 50%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 25%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 50%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 75%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
Gary Ackerman 50%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 75%
Rodney Alexander 50%
Wayne Allard 100%
George Allen 100%
Thomas Allen 25%
Rob Andrews 25%
Joe Baca, Sr. 75%
Brian Baird 50%
Richard Hugh Baker 50%
J. Gresham Barrett 75%
Roscoe Bartlett 75%
Charlie Bass 50%
Max Baucus 0%
Evan Bayh 0%
Melissa Bean 0%
Bob Beauprez 50%
Bob Bennett 100%
Shelley Berkley 25%
Howard Berman 25%
Marion Berry 50%
Judy Biggert 50%
Michael Bilirakis 75%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 50%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 75%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 75%
Rick Boucher 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 50%
Henry Brown, Jr. 50%
Ginny Brown-Waite 50%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
Dan Burton 75%
Steve Buyer 50%
Robert Byrd 0%
Chris Cannon 75%
Eric Cantor 50%
Dennis Cardoza 50%
Russ Carnahan 25%
Julia Carson 25%
Edward Case 0%
Mike Castle 0%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Chris Chocola 50%
Hillary Clinton 0%
Norm Coleman 0%
Kent Conrad 0%
Jon Corzine 0%
Jerry Costello 50%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 25%
Barbara Cubin 75%
Randall Cunningham 50%
Artur Davis 50%
Geoff Davis 75%
James Davis 0%
Jo Ann Davis 75%
Lincoln Davis 50%
Thomas Davis III 0%
Bill Delahunt 25%
Thomas DeLay 50%
James DeMint 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 75%
Norm Dicks 25%
Chris Dodd 0%
Elizabeth Dole 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
John Doolittle 75%
Byron Dorgan 0%
Thelma Drake 50%
David Dreier 50%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 25%
Jo Ann Emerson 50%
Philip English 50%
John Ensign 100%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 25%
Terry Everett 50%
Tom Feeney 75%
Russ Feingold 0%
Michael Ferguson 0%
Bob Filner 25%
Mark Foley 50%
Harold Ford, Jr. 50%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 50%
Barney Frank 25%
William Frist 0%
Elton Gallegly 50%
Jim Gibbons 75%
Wayne Gilchrest 0%
Paul Gillmor 50%
Charlie Gonzalez 50%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 75%
Bart Gordon 50%
Mark Green 50%
Judd Gregg 0%
Gilbert Gutknecht 50%
Jane Harman 25%
Katherine Harris 50%
Melissa Hart 50%
Robert Hayes 50%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 75%
Joel Hefley 75%
Wally Herger, Jr. 75%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 50%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
David Lee Hobson 50%
Pete Hoekstra 50%
Thomas Holden 50%
Darlene Hooley 0%
John Nathan Hostettler 75%
Kenny Hulshof 75%
Duncan Hunter 75%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Henry Hyde 50%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 50%
Daniel Inouye 0%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 50%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 25%
William Jefferson 75%
James Merrill Jeffords 0%
William Lewis Jenkins 50%
Nancy Johnson 0%
Tim Johnson 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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