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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Jim Marshall 24%
Jim Matheson 34%
Robert Matsui 16%
Carolyn McCarthy 21%
Karen McCarthy 17%
Thaddeus McCotter 82%
James McCrery III 66%
John McHugh 52%
Scott McInnis 72%
Mike McIntyre 32%
Buck McKeon 54%
Michael McNulty 11%
Martin Meehan 13%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 14%
Mike Michaud 11%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 13%
Gary Miller 89%
George Miller 14%
Brad Miller 11%
Zell Bryan Miller 71%
Alan Mollohan 14%
Dennis Moore 19%
Jim Moran, Jr. 21%
Jack Murtha 16%
Marilyn Musgrave 89%
Sue Myrick 81%
Ben Nelson 28%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 65%
Robert William Ney 66%
Don Nickles 88%
Anne Northup 68%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 88%
James Nussle 68%
Jim Oberstar 11%
Dave Obey 13%
John Olver 11%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 8%
Thomas William Osborne 61%
Doug Ose 66%
Major Owens 11%
Michael Oxley 74%
Ed Pastor 11%
Ron Paul 79%
Donald Payne 15%
John Peterson 71%
Tom Petri 89%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 64%
Todd Platts 58%
Richard Pombo 74%
Earl Pomeroy 38%
Jon Porter, Sr. 66%
Deborah Pryce 61%
Mark Pryor 12%
Jack Quinn 56%
George Radanovich 76%
Nick Rahall II 16%
James Ramstad 74%
Ralph Regula 63%
Denny Rehberg 68%
Richard Renzi 66%
Silvestre Reyes 11%
Thomas Reynolds 64%
Jay Rockefeller IV 16%
Ciro Rodriguez 11%
Mike Rogers 74%
Mike Ross 21%
Steve Rothman 16%
Jim Ryun 89%
Martin Olav Sabo 13%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 17%
Rick Santorum 76%
Paul Sarbanes 8%
Jim Saxton 53%
Edward Schrock 81%
José Serrano 9%
John Shadegg 95%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 61%
Christopher Shays 61%
Donald Sherwood 63%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 50%
Ike Skelton 32%
Gordon Smith 71%
Nick Smith 92%
Olympia Snowe 44%
Vic Snyder 17%
Hilda Solis 11%
Mark Souder 65%
Arlen Specter 40%
John Spratt, Jr. 8%
Pete Stark 13%
Cliff Stearns 89%
Charles Stenholm 45%
Ted Stevens 56%
Ted Strickland 13%
Bart Stupak 14%
John Sullivan 78%
John Sununu 88%
John Sweeney 51%
James Talent 68%
Tom Tancredo 92%
John Tanner 42%
Ellen Tauscher 16%
William Tauzin 68%
Charles Taylor 82%
Gene Taylor 63%
Lee Terry 89%
Craig Thomas 80%
William Thomas 63%
Todd Tiahrt 73%
John Tierney 16%
Ed Towns 18%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 19%
James Turner 39%
Mark Udall 22%
George Voinovich 74%
James Walsh 62%
Zach Wamp 74%
John Warner 64%
Diane Watson 16%
Mel Watt 13%
Henry Waxman 14%
Anthony Weiner 13%
David Weldon 71%
W. Curtis Weldon 52%
Gerald Weller 68%
Robert Wexler 11%
Heather Wilson 55%
Frank Wolf 61%
Lynn Woolsey 14%
David Wu 13%
Albert Wynn 13%
Bill Young 59%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 11%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 33%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 18%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 13%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 12%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 13%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 14%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 14%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 11%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 26%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 16%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 24%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 18%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 16%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 18%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 24%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 13%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 12%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 8%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 21%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 17%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 22%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 11%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 8%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 5%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 13%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 18%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 9%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 13%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 13%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 21%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 13%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 13%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 8%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 22%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 18%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 11%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 16%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 13%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 24%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 11%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 13%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 11%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 13%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 13%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 14%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 16%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 13%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 16%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 24%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 14%

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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