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Rating Group: Gun Owners of America

2010 Congressional Ratings on Gun Rights [04/2010]

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 36%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 18%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 18%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 18%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 9%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 9%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 91%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 82%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 18%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 91%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 82%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 91%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 9%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 18%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 18%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 91%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 9%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 73%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 91%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 91%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 91%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 55%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 82%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 18%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 82%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 73%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 18%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 64%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 18%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 55%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 36%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 18%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 18%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 91%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 100%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 91%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 55%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 91%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 18%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 82%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 82%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 18%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 18%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 18%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 82%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 18%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 82%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 18%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 18%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 18%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 18%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 82%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 55%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 18%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 82%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 18%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 91%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 91%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 91%
WY U.S. House At-Large Cynthia Lummis Republican 91%
Neil Abercrombie 9%
Gary Ackerman 9%
John Adler 18%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 18%
Todd Akin 91%
Rodney Alexander 91%
Jason Altmire 82%
Rob Andrews 18%
Michael Arcuri 27%
Joe Baca, Sr. 36%
Michele Bachmann 82%
Spencer Bachus 82%
Brian Baird 27%
J. Gresham Barrett 91%
John Barrow 55%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Max Baucus 55%
Evan Bayh 18%
Melissa Bean 18%
Mark Begich 36%
Bob Bennett 73%
Shelley Berkley 18%
Howard Berman 9%
Marion Berry 55%
Judy Biggert 82%
Brian Bilbray 91%
Jeff Bingaman 18%
Tim Bishop 18%
Kit Bond 91%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 82%
Mary Bono Mack 55%
Dan Boren 82%
Leonard Boswell 55%
Rick Boucher 64%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 55%
Bruce Braley 18%
Paul Broun 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 82%
Scott Brown 73%
Ginny Brown-Waite 91%
Jim Bunning 91%
Roland Burris 18%
Dan Burton 91%
Steve Buyer 91%
Robert Byrd 18%
Dave Camp 91%
John Campbell III 82%
Eric Cantor 82%
Dennis Cardoza 36%
Russ Carnahan 45%
Christopher Carney 64%
Mike Castle 18%
Saxby Chambliss 91%
Ben Chandler III 36%
Travis Childers 91%
Howard Coble 82%
Thomas Coburn 100%
Kent Conrad 18%
Jerry Costello 55%
Artur Davis 27%
Geoff Davis 91%
Lincoln Davis 55%
Bill Delahunt 9%
James DeMint 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 82%
Norm Dicks 18%
John Dingell 18%
Chris Dodd 18%
Byron Dorgan 18%
Thelma Drake 91%
David Dreier 82%
Chet Edwards 36%
Vern Ehlers 55%
Brad Ellsworth 73%
Jo Ann Emerson 82%
John Ensign 91%
Bob Etheridge 18%
Russ Feingold 9%
Bob Filner 9%
Barney Frank 9%
Elton Gallegly 82%
Jim Gerlach 82%
Gabrielle Giffords 27%
Phil Gingrey 91%
Charlie Gonzalez 18%
Bart Gordon 73%
Judd Gregg 55%
Kay Hagan 18%
John Hall 18%
Ralph Hall 91%
Debbie Halvorson 91%
Phil Hare 18%
Tom Harkin 18%
Jane Harman 9%
Doc Hastings 91%
Wally Herger, Jr. 91%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 36%
Baron Hill 73%
Maurice Hinchey 27%
Paul Hodes 55%
Pete Hoekstra 64%
Thomas Holden 36%
Rush Holt, Jr. 9%
Kay Hutchison 91%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 82%
Daniel Inouye 18%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 18%
Mike Johanns 91%
Tim Johnson 91%
Timothy Johnson 36%
Steve Kagen 36%
Paul Kanjorski 36%
Ted Kaufman 18%
Patrick Kennedy 9%
Dale Kildee 18%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 18%
Mary Jo Kilroy 18%
Jack Kingston 91%
Larry Kissell 64%
Ron Klein 18%
Joseph Knollenberg 82%
Herb Kohl 9%
Suzanne Kosmas 18%

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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