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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2008 Lifetime Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 99%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 98%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 97%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 97%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 97%
James DeMint 96%
John Shadegg 96%
Tom Feeney 95%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 95%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 94%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 94%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 94%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 94%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 94%
Jon Kyl 93%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 93%
Tom Tancredo 93%
J. Gresham Barrett 92%
John Ensign 92%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 91%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 91%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 91%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 91%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 91%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 90%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 90%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 90%
Todd Akin 89%
John Sununu 89%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 88%
John Linder 88%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 88%
Sue Myrick 88%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 88%
Cliff Stearns 88%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 87%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 87%
Marilyn Musgrave 87%
David Davis 86%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 86%
William Sali 86%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 85%
Chris Cannon 85%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 85%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 84%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 84%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 84%
Wayne Allard 83%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 83%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 83%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 83%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 82%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 82%
Pete Hoekstra 82%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 82%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 81%
Ron Paul 81%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 81%
John Sullivan 81%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 81%
Roscoe Bartlett 80%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 80%
Judd Gregg 80%
Connie Mack IV 80%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 80%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 79%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 79%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 79%
Ric Keller 79%
Don Manzullo 79%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 79%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 79%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 78%
Brian Bilbray 78%
Jim Bunning 78%
Dan Burton 78%
Wally Herger, Jr. 78%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 78%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 77%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 77%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 77%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 77%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 77%
Dick Lugar 77%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 77%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 76%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 76%
Dan Lungren 76%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 75%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 75%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 75%
James Ramstad 75%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 74%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 74%
Zach Wamp 74%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 73%
George Radanovich 73%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 72%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 72%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 72%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 72%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 71%
Barbara Cubin 71%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 71%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 71%
John Warner 71%
Steve Buyer 70%
Larry Craig 70%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 70%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 70%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 70%
Melquiades Martinez 70%
Todd Tiahrt 70%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 70%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 70%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 69%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 69%
Jean Schmidt 69%
Mark Souder 69%
David Weldon 69%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 68%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 68%
Elizabeth Dole 68%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 68%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 68%
Duncan Hunter 68%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 68%
Terry Everett 67%
Kenny Hulshof 67%
Kay Hutchison 67%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 67%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 67%
Ginny Brown-Waite 66%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 66%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 66%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 66%
David Dreier 66%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 66%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 66%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 66%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 66%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 65%
Ron Lewis 65%
James McCrery III 65%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 65%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 65%
George Voinovich 65%
Bob Bennett 64%
Judy Biggert 64%
John Doolittle 64%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 64%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 63%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 63%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 63%
Geoff Davis 62%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 62%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 62%
John Peterson 62%
Deborah Pryce 62%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 61%
Elton Gallegly 61%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 61%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 61%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 61%
Christopher Shays 61%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 61%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 61%
Bill Young 61%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 60%
Vern Ehlers 60%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 60%
David Lee Hobson 60%
Gordon Smith 60%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 60%
Kit Bond 59%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 59%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 59%
Robert Hayes 59%
Todd Platts 59%
Thomas Reynolds 59%
Gerald Weller 59%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 59%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 58%
Joseph Knollenberg 58%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 58%
Mary Bono Mack 57%
Henry Brown, Jr. 57%
Mike Castle 57%
Thomas Davis III 57%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 57%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 57%
Thaddeus McCotter 57%
Denny Rehberg 57%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 56%

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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