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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Gun Owners of America

2010 Congressional Candidate Ratings on Gun Rights [09/2010]

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
John Adler F
Rob Andrews F
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic F
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic F
Shelley Berkley F
Tim Bishop F
Stanley Blumenthal F
Bruce Braley F
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic F
Francine Busby F
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic F
PA Mayor At-Large John Callahan F
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic F
Russ Carnahan F
Robin Carnahan F
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic F
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic F
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic F
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic F
Tarryl Clark F
Hansen Clarke F
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic F
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic F
Ken Cody F
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic F
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic F
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic F
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic F
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic F
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic F
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic F
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic F
Norm Dicks F
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic F
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic F
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic F
AR State Senate 31 Joyce Elliott Democratic F
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic F
Bob Etheridge F
Phil Fedele F
Lee Fisher F
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic F
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic F
Joe Garcia F
Alexi Giannoulias F
Dave Glissmeyer F
Charlie Gonzalez F
Richard Grayson F
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic F
Alvin Greene F
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic F
John Hall F
Dave Harlow F
Mark Heacock F
William Hedrick F
Lois Herr F
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic F
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic F
Maurice Hinchey F
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic F
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic F
Daniel Inouye F
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic F
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic F
Jesse Jackson, Jr. F
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic F
Lars Johnson F
FL Commissioner 3 Charlie Justice Democratic F
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic F
Howard Katz F
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic F
Dale Kildee F
Mary Jo Kilroy F
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican F
Ron Klein F
Howard Kleinhendler F
Suzanne Kosmas F
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic F
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic F
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic F
Bryan Lentz F
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic F
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic F
Arthur Lieber F
John Lingenfelder F
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic F
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic F
Christina Lugo F
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic F
Ray Lutz F
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic F
Dan Maffei F
Bill Maske F
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic F
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic F
Michael McMahon F
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic F
Pat Meagher F
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic F
David Meiswinkle F
Lainey Melnick F
Pat Miles, Jr. F
George Miller F
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic F
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic F
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic F
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic F
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic F
Dave Olson F
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic F
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic F
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic F
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic F
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic F
Nancy Price F
Greg Rabidoux F
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic F
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic F
Laura Richardson F
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic F
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic F
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic F
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic F
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic F
David Sanders F
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic F
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic F
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic F
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic F
Joyce Segers F
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families F
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic F
Michael Shoen F
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic F
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican F
Tracey Smith F
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic F
Stephen Sprague F
John Spratt, Jr. F
Darrell Stafford F
Pete Stark F
Gary Stein F
Betty Sutton F
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic F
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic F
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic F
Lynne Torgerson F
Ed Towns F
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic F
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic F
Faye Walters F
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic F
Anthony Weiner F
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic F
David Wu F
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic F
William Barnes D-
Leonard Boswell D-
Joe Cantrell, Jr. D-
Dennis Cardoza D-
Bill Conner D-
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic D-
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic D-
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic D-
Charles Hatchett D-
Blanche Lincoln D-
Mike Michaud D-
Frankie Robbins D-
Carol Shea-Porter D-
Frank Wolf D-
Ted Ankrum D
Joe Baca, Sr. D
Tim Besco D
John Boccieri D
Allen Boyd, Jr. D
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic D
Dan Debicella D
John Dingell D
Charles Djou D
Steve Driehaus D
Andrew Duck D
Brad Ellsworth D
Merlin Froyd D
Gabrielle Giffords D
James Golden D
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic D
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic D
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic D
Paul Hodes D
Aubrey Immelman D
Steve Kagen D
Paul Kanjorski D
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic D
Betsy Markey D
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. D
Wally Pang D
Earl Pomeroy D
Nick Rahall II D
Silvestre Reyes D

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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