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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2008 Lifetime Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 75%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 68%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 5%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 16%
Judd Gregg 80%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 5%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 8%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 77%
John Hall 3%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 0%
Phil Hare 3%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 16%
Jane Harman 24%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 5%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 68%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 66%
Robert Hayes 59%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 95%
Wally Herger, Jr. 78%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 14%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 6%
Baron Hill 18%
Maurice Hinchey 7%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 11%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 2%
David Lee Hobson 60%
Paul Hodes 6%
Pete Hoekstra 82%
Thomas Holden 20%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 7%
Darlene Hooley 16%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 7%
Kenny Hulshof 67%
Duncan Hunter 68%
Kay Hutchison 67%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 88%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 79%
Daniel Inouye 7%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 14%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 81%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 70%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 6%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 6%
William Jefferson 13%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 8%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 2%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 85%
Tim Johnson 45%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 12%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 71%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 97%
Steve Kagen 7%
Paul Kanjorski 12%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 12%
Ric Keller 79%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 16%
Patrick Kennedy 7%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 23%
Dale Kildee 8%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 6%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 23%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 48%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 86%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 74%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 54%
Ron Klein 5%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 75%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
Joseph Knollenberg 58%
Herb Kohl 34%
Dennis Kucinich 10%
John Kuhl, Jr. 41%
Jon Kyl 93%
Ray LaHood 45%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 98%
Nicholas Lampson 15%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 21%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 9%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 12%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 9%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 61%
Steve LaTourette 47%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 77%
Frank Lautenberg 24%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 7%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 21%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 8%
Jerry Lewis 52%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 5%
Ron Lewis 65%
Joe Lieberman 21%
Blanche Lincoln 19%
John Linder 88%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 20%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 54%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 11%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 61%
Dick Lugar 77%
Dan Lungren 76%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 7%
Connie Mack IV 80%
Tim Mahoney 12%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 11%
Don Manzullo 79%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 70%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
Jim Marshall 24%
Melquiades Martinez 70%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 39%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 7%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 88%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 79%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 23%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 63%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 69%
Thaddeus McCotter 57%
James McCrery III 65%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 9%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 7%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 82%
John McHugh 47%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 62%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 51%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 6%
Michael McNulty 10%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 7%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 8%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 17%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 9%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 72%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 9%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 10%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 47%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 78%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 12%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 91%
Brad Miller 6%
Harry Mitchell 23%
Alan Mollohan 11%
Dennis Moore 20%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 8%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 20%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 67%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 54%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 6%
Patrick Murphy 13%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 43%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 13%
Jack Murtha 12%
Marilyn Musgrave 87%
Sue Myrick 88%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 5%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 9%
Ben Nelson 18%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 18%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 63%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 18%
Jim Oberstar 9%
Dave Obey 10%
John Olver 7%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 11%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 12%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 11%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 7%
Ron Paul 81%
Donald Payne 7%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 64%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 6%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 94%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 6%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 28%
John Peterson 62%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 83%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 61%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 88%
Todd Platts 59%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 80%
Earl Pomeroy 16%
Jon Porter, Sr. 39%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 9%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 90%
Deborah Pryce 62%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 9%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 63%
George Radanovich 73%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 7%
James Ramstad 75%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 5%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 13%

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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