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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
James DeMint 96%
Sue Myrick 96%
Philip Crane 95%
Jon Kyl 95%
Stephen Largent 95%
Bob Barr, Jr. 92%
Ed Bryant 92%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 92%
Mark Green 92%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 92%
Joel Hefley 92%
Van Hilleary 92%
Pete Hoekstra 92%
John Linder 92%
Don Manzullo 92%
Dan Miller 92%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 92%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 92%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 92%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 92%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 92%
John Shadegg 92%
Cliff Stearns 92%
Tom Tancredo 92%
Wayne Allard 89%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 89%
William Frist 89%
William Phillip Gramm 89%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 89%
Kay Hutchison 89%
Frank Murkowski 89%
Don Nickles 89%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 89%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 89%
Fred Thompson 89%
Richard Armey 88%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 88%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 88%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 88%
Porter Goss 88%
John Nathan Hostettler 88%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 88%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 88%
Scott McInnis 88%
James Ramstad 88%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 88%
Jim Ryun 88%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 88%
John Sununu 88%
Wally Herger, Jr. 87%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 87%
Robert Schaffer 87%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 87%
Christopher Cox 86%
Thomas DeLay 86%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 86%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 84%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 84%
Gordon Smith 84%
John Warner 84%
Roscoe Bartlett 83%
Charlie Bass 83%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 83%
Jim Bunning 83%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 83%
Chris Cannon 83%
Michael Collins 83%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 83%
Judd Gregg 83%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 83%
Kenny Hulshof 83%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 83%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 83%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 83%
Ron Paul 83%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 83%
Christopher Shays 83%
Zach Wamp 83%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 82%
Kit Bond 79%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 79%
Larry Craig 79%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 79%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 79%
Peter Fitzgerald 79%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 79%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 79%
Jesse Helms 79%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 79%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 79%
Trent Lott, Sr. 79%
Dick Lugar 79%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 79%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 79%
Marge Roukema 79%
Rick Santorum 79%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 79%
Craig Thomas 79%
David Weldon 79%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 78%
Cass Ballenger 78%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 78%
Bob Bennett 78%
Barbara Cubin 78%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 78%
Michael Oxley 78%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 77%
George Radanovich 77%
Nick Smith 77%
Dan Burton 75%
Steve Buyer 75%
Larry Combest 75%
David Dreier 75%
John Ganske 75%
Gilbert Gutknecht 75%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 75%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 75%
James Nussle 75%
Richard Pombo 75%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 75%
Bob Stump 75%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 75%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 75%
Conrad Burns 74%
Ben Campbell 74%
Randall Cunningham 74%
Thomas Davis III 74%
Terry Everett 74%
James McCrery III 74%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 74%
Bob Smith 74%
Olympia Snowe 74%
Ted Stevens 74%
Strom Thurmond 74%
James Hansen 73%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 72%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 71%
Richard Hugh Baker 71%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 71%
Philip English 71%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 71%
Jim Gibbons 71%
James Greenwood 71%
Robert Hayes 71%
William Lewis Jenkins 71%
Sue Kelly 71%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 71%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 71%
Charles Taylor 71%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 71%
Todd Tiahrt 71%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 71%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 70%
Henry Bonilla 70%
George Gekas 70%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 70%
James Leach 70%
Deborah Pryce 70%
Gerald Weller 70%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 70%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 68%
Wayne Gilchrest 68%
Michael Bilirakis 67%
Mike Castle 67%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 67%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 67%
John Doolittle 67%
Jennifer Dunn 67%
Vern Ehlers 67%
Ernest Fletcher 67%
Mark Foley 67%
Duncan Hunter 67%
Henry Hyde 67%
James Kolbe 67%
John Peterson 67%
Bob Riley 67%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 67%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 67%
Mark Souder 67%
John Sweeney 67%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 67%
Arlen Specter 65%
William Tauzin 65%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 65%
Herbert Callahan 64%
Thomas Reynolds 64%
Douglas Bereuter 63%
Judy Biggert 63%
Mary Bono Mack 63%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 63%
Jo Ann Emerson 63%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 63%
David Lee Hobson 63%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 63%
Joseph Knollenberg 63%
Ray LaHood 63%
Ron Lewis 63%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 63%

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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