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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Citizens Against Government Waste

2008 Lifetime Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Ralph Regula 51%
Denny Rehberg 57%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 40%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 0%
Richard Renzi 47%
Silvestre Reyes 9%
Thomas Reynolds 59%
Laura Richardson 2%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 67%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 13%
Ciro Rodriguez 12%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 58%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 47%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 68%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 91%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 79%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 54%
Mike Ross 15%
Steve Rothman 11%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 94%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 12%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 9%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 91%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 7%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 10%
Ken Salazar 16%
William Sali 86%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 5%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 3%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 1%
Jim Saxton 49%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 90%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 8%
Jean Schmidt 69%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 11%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 4%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 13%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 5%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 93%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 4%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 85%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 8%
John Shadegg 96%
Christopher Shays 61%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 6%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 54%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 71%
Heath Shuler 16%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 65%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 55%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 0%
Ike Skelton 25%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 8%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 26%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 81%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 46%
Gordon Smith 60%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 65%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Vic Snyder 12%
Hilda Solis 5%
Mark Souder 69%
Zack Space 5%
Arlen Specter 49%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 9%
John Spratt, Jr. 9%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 17%
Pete Stark 12%
Cliff Stearns 88%
Ted Stevens 51%
Bart Stupak 8%
John Sullivan 81%
John Sununu 89%
Betty Sutton 3%
Tom Tancredo 93%
John Tanner 31%
Ellen Tauscher 16%
Gene Taylor 48%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 79%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 9%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 77%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 0%
Todd Tiahrt 70%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 70%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 14%
Ed Towns 9%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 2%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 45%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 14%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 10%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 66%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 10%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 9%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 10%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 66%
George Voinovich 65%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 83%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 60%
James Walsh 45%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 5%
Zach Wamp 74%
John Warner 71%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 6%
Diane Watson 5%
Mel Watt 6%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 12%
Jim Webb, Jr. 9%
Anthony Weiner 10%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 4%
David Weldon 69%
Gerald Weller 59%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 90%
Robert Wexler 8%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 6%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 61%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 81%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 4%
Heather Wilson 56%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 70%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 61%
Lynn Woolsey 6%
David Wu 14%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 21%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 4%
Bill Young 61%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 59%

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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