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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2008 Lifetime Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 18%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 22%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 54%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 54%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 83%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 59%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 88%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 97%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 16%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 12%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 6%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 18%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 81%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 2%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 75%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 70%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 8%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 54%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 16%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 67%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 67%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 69%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 66%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 10%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 3%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 53%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 17%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 23%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 68%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 56%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 9%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 91%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 9%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 10%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 0%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 84%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 11%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 3%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 79%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 21%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 6%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 13%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 6%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 84%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 72%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 66%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 79%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 66%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 15%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 3%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 13%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 19%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 8%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 44%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 77%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 82%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 59%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 47%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 60%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 5%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 94%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 63%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 94%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 91%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 70%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 9%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 11%
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 9%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 5%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 6%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 91%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 58%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 7%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 72%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 61%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 6%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 51%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 5%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 3%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 62%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 54%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 20%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 90%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 2%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 5%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 90%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 13%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 4%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 86%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 55%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 9%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 79%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 10%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 71%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 10%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 5%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 61%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 4%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 58%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 90%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 42%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 9%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 7%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 2%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 7%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 12%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 1%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 7%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 6%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 10%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 66%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 83%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 8%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 47%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 9%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 5%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 75%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 3%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 28%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 10%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 5%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 68%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 8%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 4%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 71%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 9%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 77%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 82%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 50%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 81%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 54%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 46%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 94%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 12%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 11%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 57%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 64%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 48%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 2%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 4%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 6%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 6%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 97%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 97%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 77%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 12%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 45%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 70%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 7%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 61%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 59%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 60%

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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