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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 96%
Todd Akin 95%
J. Gresham Barrett 95%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 95%
James DeMint 95%
Mark Green 95%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 95%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 95%
John Shadegg 95%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 95%
Christopher Cox 94%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 92%
Tom Feeney 92%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 92%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 92%
Nick Smith 92%
Tom Tancredo 92%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 89%
Chris Cannon 89%
Philip Crane 89%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 89%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 89%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 89%
Wally Herger, Jr. 89%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 89%
John Linder 89%
Gary Miller 89%
Marilyn Musgrave 89%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 89%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 89%
Tom Petri 89%
Jim Ryun 89%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 89%
Cliff Stearns 89%
Lee Terry 89%
John Ensign 88%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
Jon Kyl 88%
Don Nickles 88%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 88%
John Sununu 88%
Roscoe Bartlett 87%
Bob Beauprez 87%
Michael Collins 87%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 87%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 87%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 87%
Jim Gibbons 87%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 87%
Richard Hugh Baker 86%
Steve Buyer 86%
Michael Bilirakis 84%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 84%
Howard Coble 84%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 84%
Gilbert Gutknecht 84%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 84%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 84%
Chris Chocola 82%
Joel Hefley 82%
Pete Hoekstra 82%
Duncan Hunter 82%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 82%
Don Manzullo 82%
Thaddeus McCotter 82%
Charles Taylor 82%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 81%
Dan Burton 81%
Terry Everett 81%
William Lewis Jenkins 81%
Ric Keller 81%
Sue Myrick 81%
Edward Schrock 81%
Wayne Allard 80%
Jim Bunning 80%
Peter Fitzgerald 80%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 80%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 80%
Craig Thomas 80%
Randall Cunningham 79%
Jo Ann Davis 79%
Mark Kennedy 79%
Ron Paul 79%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 79%
Spencer Bachus 78%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 78%
John Sullivan 78%
Thomas DeLay 77%
Charles Hagel 77%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 76%
George Allen 76%
Charlie Bass 76%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 76%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 76%
Ginny Brown-Waite 76%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 76%
Barbara Cubin 76%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 76%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 76%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 76%
Robert Hayes 76%
Kenny Hulshof 76%
Ron Lewis 76%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 76%
George Radanovich 76%
Rick Santorum 76%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 76%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 76%
Eric Cantor 74%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 74%
Phil Gingrey 74%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 74%
Michael Oxley 74%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 74%
Richard Pombo 74%
James Ramstad 74%
Mike Rogers 74%
George Voinovich 74%
Zach Wamp 74%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 73%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 73%
Todd Tiahrt 73%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 73%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 73%
Saxby Chambliss 72%
Norm Coleman 72%
Larry Craig 72%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 72%
Elizabeth Dole 72%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 72%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 72%
Kay Hutchison 72%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 72%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 72%
Trent Lott, Sr. 72%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 72%
Dave Camp 71%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 71%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 71%
Jo Ann Emerson 71%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 71%
John Nathan Hostettler 71%
Dick Lugar 71%
Zell Bryan Miller 71%
John Peterson 71%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam Republican 71%
Gordon Smith 71%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 71%
David Weldon 71%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 70%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 70%
Michael Ferguson 70%
Henry Hyde 70%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 70%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 70%
Cass Ballenger 69%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 68%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 68%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 68%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 68%
Max Burns 68%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 68%
John Doolittle 68%
David Dreier 68%
Jennifer Dunn 68%
William Frist 68%
Elton Gallegly 68%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 68%
Doc Hastings 68%
Jack Kingston 68%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 68%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 68%
Anne Northup 68%
James Nussle 68%
Denny Rehberg 68%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 68%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 68%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 68%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 68%
James Talent 68%
William Tauzin 68%
Gerald Weller 68%
J. Dennis Hastert 67%
Henry Brown, Jr. 66%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 66%
Ralph Hall 66%
Melissa Hart 66%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 66%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 66%
James McCrery III 66%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 66%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 66%
Robert William Ney 66%
Doug Ose 66%
Jon Porter, Sr. 66%
Richard Renzi 66%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 66%

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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