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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 5%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 69%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 74%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 86%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 2%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 56%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 85%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 98%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 0%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 4%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 8%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 5%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 79%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 79%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 2%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 69%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 2%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 76%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 50%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 13%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 69%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 70%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 79%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 14%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 79%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 2%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 2%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 48%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 0%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 2%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 24%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 75%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 63%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 76%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 10%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 83%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 2%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 4%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 0%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 72%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 0%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 83%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 95%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 2%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 0%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 10%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 10%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 77%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 5%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 61%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 70%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 83%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 76%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 2%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 2%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 5%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 88%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 88%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 53%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 36%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 70%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 67%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 2%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 0%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 98%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 2%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 87%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 81%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 75%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 2%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 98%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 2%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 77%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 2%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 95%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 89%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 89%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 6%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 4%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 98%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 6%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 4%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 6%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 94%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 72%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 74%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 68%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 9%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 38%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 2%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 39%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 21%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 87%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 2%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 88%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 2%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 94%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 88%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 15%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 2%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 7%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 4%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 67%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 78%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 60%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 6%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 2%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 77%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 10%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 67%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 2%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 5%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 57%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 4%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 74%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 90%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 57%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 6%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 2%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 9%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 9%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 2%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 2%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 6%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 10%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 70%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 42%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 75%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 69%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 2%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 39%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 4%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 76%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 4%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 2%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 79%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 4%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 2%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 60%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 2%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 4%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 47%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 2%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 98%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 72%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 13%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 89%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 57%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 77%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 75%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 8%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 33%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 30%

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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