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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 26%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 89%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 89%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 83%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 44%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 7%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 17%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 67%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 63%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 89%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 11%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 88%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 11%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 79%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 75%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 84%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 37%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 75%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 11%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 5%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 8%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 68%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 21%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 71%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 79%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 63%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 77%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 8%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 17%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 11%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 16%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 13%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 92%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 79%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 21%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 87%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 21%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 82%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 21%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 58%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 79%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 17%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 4%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 22%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 4%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 11%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 79%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 65%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 71%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 78%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 54%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 87%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 58%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 17%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 8%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 83%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 8%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 67%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 88%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 48%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 9%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 75%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 67%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 9%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 71%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 13%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 70%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 58%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 13%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 17%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 83%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 75%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 8%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 9%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 8%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 9%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 83%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 17%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 88%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 33%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 79%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 79%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 54%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 14%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 21%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 71%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 46%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 6%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 24%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 8%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 70%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 9%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 63%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 67%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 14%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 22%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 4%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 4%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 13%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 83%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 13%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 57%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 71%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 71%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 13%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 5%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 25%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 8%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 86%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 22%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 54%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 83%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 8%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 42%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 92%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 30%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 92%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 92%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 4%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 67%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 9%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 89%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 47%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 42%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 4%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 79%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 84%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 28%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 50%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 21%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 8%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 0%
Gary Ackerman 9%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 6%
Wayne Allard 89%
Thomas Allen 4%
Rob Andrews 25%
Richard Armey 88%
Joe Baca, Sr. 8%
Brian Baird 17%
Richard Hugh Baker 71%
Cass Ballenger 78%
James Barcia 38%
Bob Barr, Jr. 92%
Roscoe Bartlett 83%
Charlie Bass 83%
Max Baucus 11%
Evan Bayh 16%
Bob Bennett 78%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 4%
Douglas Bereuter 63%
Shelley Berkley 42%
Howard Berman 4%

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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