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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 100%
Paul Broun 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 100%
Cynthia Lummis 100%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 100%
John Shadegg 100%
Lynn Westmoreland 100%
Michele Bachmann 99%
Thomas Coburn 99%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 99%
Scott Garrett 99%
John Kline 99%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 99%
John Linder 99%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 99%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 99%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 99%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price Republican 99%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 99%
J. Gresham Barrett 98%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 98%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 98%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 98%
Joe Pitts 98%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 98%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 98%
John Campbell III 97%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 97%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 97%
James DeMint 97%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 97%
Jon Kyl 97%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 97%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 96%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 96%
John Ensign 96%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Dean Heller Republican 96%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 96%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 96%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 96%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 96%
Saxby Chambliss 95%
Wally Herger, Jr. 95%
Pete Hoekstra 95%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 95%
Sue Myrick 95%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 95%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 94%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 94%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 94%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 94%
Jean Schmidt 94%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 94%
Jim Bunning 93%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 93%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 93%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 92%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92%
Eric Cantor 92%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 92%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 92%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 92%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 92%
Randy Neugebauer 92%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 92%
Tom Petri 92%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 92%
John Boehner 91%
Dan Burton 91%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 91%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 91%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 91%
Mike Johanns 91%
John Fleming, Jr. 90%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 90%
Connie Mack IV 90%
Jeff Miller 90%
Cliff Stearns 90%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 90%
Howard Coble 89%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 89%
Melquiades Martinez 89%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 89%
David Vitter 89%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 88%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 88%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 88%
Dan Lungren 87%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 87%
Zach Wamp 87%
Tim Johnson 86%
George LeMieux 86%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 86%
Ron Paul 86%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 85%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 84%
Thaddeus McCotter 84%
Walt Minnick 83%
Todd Akin 82%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 82%
Dick Lugar 82%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 82%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 82%
John Sullivan 82%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 81%
Don Manzullo 81%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 81%
Judd Gregg 80%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 80%
Lee Terry 80%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 80%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 79%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 79%
Steve Austria 78%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 77%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 77%
Mike Rogers 77%
Phil Gingrey 76%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 75%
Randy Forbes 74%
Jack Kingston 74%
Ralph Hall 73%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 72%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 71%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 71%
Bob Bennett 70%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 70%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 69%
Mary Bono Mack 69%
Vern Ehlers 68%
Mark Kirk 68%
Mark Souder 67%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 66%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 66%
George Radanovich 66%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 65%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 64%
Bobby Bright 64%
Roscoe Bartlett 63%
Brian Bilbray 63%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 63%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 63%
Steve Buyer 62%
Mike Castle 60%
Elton Gallegly 60%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 60%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 60%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 59%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 58%
Evan Bayh 57%
John Mica 57%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 57%
Todd Tiahrt 57%
Kit Bond 55%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 55%
Geoff Davis 55%
Buck McKeon 55%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 54%
Ginny Brown-Waite 53%
Aaron Schock 53%
Olympia Snowe 53%
Chris Lee 52%
Todd Platts 52%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 51%
Dave Camp 50%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 50%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 50%
George Voinovich 50%
Russ Feingold 49%
Candice Miller 49%
Henry Brown, Jr. 48%
Doc Hastings 48%
Adam Putnam 48%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 47%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 47%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 46%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 46%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 46%
Rodney Alexander 45%
Jim Gerlach 45%
Gary Miller 45%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 45%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 44%
Judy Biggert 43%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
David Dreier 43%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 43%
Denny Rehberg 43%
Spencer Bachus 42%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 41%
Ed Whitfield 41%
Ander Crenshaw 40%

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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