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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2008 Lifetime Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 88%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 43%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 13%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 6%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 9%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 84%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 81%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 8%
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%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 87%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 43%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 91%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 3%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 72%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 66%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 5%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 68%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 77%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 6%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 65%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 70%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 74%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 22%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 16%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 23%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 66%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 71%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 70%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 5%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 65%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 75%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 15%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 3%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 4%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 13%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 19%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 12%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 51%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 9%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 40%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 26%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 14%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 8%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 91%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 23%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 8%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 93%
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%
Neil Abercrombie 7%
Gary Ackerman 6%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 8%
Todd Akin 89%
Rodney Alexander 42%
Wayne Allard 83%
Thomas Allen 8%
Jason Altmire 14%
Rob Andrews 18%
Michael Arcuri 3%
Joe Baca, Sr. 8%
Michele Bachmann 87%
Spencer Bachus 69%
Brian Baird 14%
J. Gresham Barrett 92%
John Barrow 21%
Roscoe Bartlett 80%
Max Baucus 20%
Evan Bayh 25%
Melissa Bean 40%
Bob Bennett 64%
Shelley Berkley 19%
Howard Berman 9%
Marion Berry 22%
Judy Biggert 64%
Brian Bilbray 78%
Jeff Bingaman 21%
Tim Bishop 7%
Kit Bond 59%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 55%
Mary Bono Mack 57%
Dan Boren 23%
Leonard Boswell 20%
Rick Boucher 14%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 24%
Nancy Boyda 6%
Bruce Braley 5%
Paul Broun 99%
Henry Brown, Jr. 57%
Ginny Brown-Waite 66%
Jim Bunning 78%
Dan Burton 78%
Steve Buyer 70%
Robert Byrd 16%
Dave Camp 66%
John Campbell III 85%
Chris Cannon 85%
Eric Cantor 73%
Dennis Cardoza 16%
Russ Carnahan 5%
Christopher Carney 12%
Mike Castle 57%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 23%
Saxby Chambliss 77%
Ben Chandler III 9%
Travis Childers 27%
Hillary Clinton 9%
Howard Coble 80%
Thomas Coburn 94%
Norm Coleman 38%
Kent Conrad 18%
Jerry Costello 17%
Larry Craig 70%
Robert Cramer 32%
Barbara Cubin 71%
Artur Davis 12%
David Davis 86%
Geoff Davis 62%
Lincoln Davis 29%
Thomas Davis III 57%
Bill Delahunt 10%
James DeMint 96%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 53%
Norm Dicks 8%
John Dingell 6%
Chris Dodd 14%
Elizabeth Dole 68%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 57%
John Doolittle 64%
Byron Dorgan 15%
Thelma Drake 53%
David Dreier 66%
Chet Edwards 18%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Brad Ellsworth 13%
Jo Ann Emerson 56%
Philip English 55%
John Ensign 92%
Bob Etheridge 14%
Terry Everett 67%
Tom Feeney 95%
Russ Feingold 40%
Michael Ferguson 52%
Bob Filner 7%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 79%
Barney Frank 13%
Elton Gallegly 61%
Jim Gerlach 39%
Gabrielle Giffords 11%
Wayne Gilchrest 48%
Phil Gingrey 76%
Charlie Gonzalez 8%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 66%
Bart Gordon 27%
Judd Gregg 80%
Charles Hagel 77%
John Hall 3%
Ralph Hall 0%
Phil Hare 3%
Tom Harkin 16%
Jane Harman 24%
Doc Hastings 68%
Robert Hayes 59%
Wally Herger, Jr. 78%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 14%
Baron Hill 18%
Maurice Hinchey 7%
David Lee Hobson 60%
Paul Hodes 6%
Pete Hoekstra 82%
Thomas Holden 20%
Rush Holt, Jr. 14%
Darlene Hooley 16%
Kenny Hulshof 67%
Duncan Hunter 68%
Kay Hutchison 67%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 88%
Daniel Inouye 7%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 6%
William Jefferson 13%
Tim Johnson 45%
Timothy Johnson 12%
Steve Kagen 7%
Paul Kanjorski 12%
Ric Keller 79%

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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