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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Gun Owners of America

2010 Congressional Ratings on Gun Rights [04/2010]

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 18%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 18%
Kent Conrad 18%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 18%
Norm Dicks 18%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 18%
Chris Dodd 18%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 18%
Byron Dorgan 18%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 18%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 18%
Charlie Gonzalez 18%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Janet Kay Hagan Democratic 18%
John Hall 18%
Phil Hare 18%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 18%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 18%
Daniel Inouye 18%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 18%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 18%
Mary Jo Kilroy 18%
Ron Klein 18%
Suzanne Kosmas 18%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 18%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 18%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 18%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 18%
Joe Lieberman 18%
Blanche Lincoln 18%
Dick Lugar 18%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 18%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 18%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 18%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 18%
Dennis Moore 18%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 18%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 18%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 18%
Dave Obey 18%
Donald Payne 18%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 18%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 18%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 18%
Laura Richardson 18%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 18%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 18%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 18%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 18%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 18%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 18%
Olympia Snowe 18%
John Spratt, Jr. 18%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 18%
Betty Sutton 18%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 18%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 18%
Michael Arcuri 27%
Artur Davis 27%
Gabrielle Giffords 27%
Maurice Hinchey 27%
Jim Oberstar 27%
Joe Baca, Sr. 36%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 36%
Ben Chandler III 36%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 36%
Chet Edwards 36%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 36%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 36%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 36%
Thomas Holden 36%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 36%
Steve Kagen 36%
Paul Kanjorski 36%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 36%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 36%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 36%
Ciro Rodriguez 36%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 36%
Arlen Specter 36%
George Voinovich 36%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 9%
Gary Ackerman 9%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 9%
Howard Berman 9%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 9%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 9%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 9%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 9%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 9%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 9%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 9%
Bill Delahunt 9%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 9%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 9%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 9%
Russ Feingold 9%
Bob Filner 9%
Barney Frank 9%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 9%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 9%
Jane Harman 9%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 9%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 9%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 9%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 9%
Patrick Kennedy 9%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 9%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 9%
Herb Kohl 9%
Dennis Kucinich 9%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 9%
Frank Lautenberg 9%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 9%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 9%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 45%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 9%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 9%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 9%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 9%
Brad Miller 9%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 9%
Patrick Murphy 9%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 9%
John Olver 9%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 9%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 9%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 9%
Steve Rothman 9%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 9%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 9%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 9%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 9%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 9%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 9%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 9%
Hilda Solis 9%
Ellen Tauscher 9%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 9%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 9%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 9%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 9%
Diane Watson 9%
Mel Watt 9%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 9%
Robert Wexler 9%
Lynn Woolsey 9%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 55%
Mary Bono Mack 55%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 55%
Jerry Costello 55%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 55%
Judd Gregg 55%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 55%
Paul Hodes 55%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 55%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 55%
Harry Mitchell 55%
Ben Nelson 55%
Heath Shuler 55%
Zack Space 55%
John Tanner 55%
Gene Taylor 55%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 55%
Rick Boucher 64%
Larry Kissell 64%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
Mike Ross 64%
Bob Bennett 73%
Scott Brown 73%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 73%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 73%
Brad Ellsworth 73%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 73%
Bart Gordon 73%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 73%
Baron Hill 73%
Jon Kyl 73%

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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