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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Americans for the Arts Action Fund

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 88%
Gary Ackerman 86%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 60%
John Adler 80%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 72%
Thomas Allen 100%
Jason Altmire 98%
Rob Andrews 80%
Michael Arcuri 86%
Joe Baca, Sr. 80%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 20%
Brian Baird 92%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 80%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 20%
Melissa Bean 80%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 80%
Shelley Berkley 94%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 80%
Judy Biggert 86%
Brian Bilbray 60%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 40%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 20%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 92%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 40%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 40%
Mary Bono Mack 80%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 86%
Dan Boren 84%
Leonard Boswell 90%
Rick Boucher 96%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 40%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 80%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 94%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 40%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 66%
Henry Brown, Jr. 66%
Ginny Brown-Waite 40%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 20%
Dan Burton 20%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 80%
Steve Buyer 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 40%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
Joseph Cao 94%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 86%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 98%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 90%
Dennis Cardoza 80%
Russ Carnahan 92%
Christopher Carney 86%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
Mike Castle 92%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 84%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
Ben Chandler III 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 86%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 90%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 82%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 86%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 40%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 20%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 60%
Jerry Costello 86%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 80%
Robert Cramer 80%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 40%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 80%
Barbara Cubin 20%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 90%
Artur Davis 80%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 98%
David Davis 6%
Geoff Davis 20%
Lincoln Davis 80%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 20%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 92%
Bill Delahunt 84%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 86%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 40%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 40%
Norm Dicks 96%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 80%
John Doolittle 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 90%
Thelma Drake 40%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 20%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 92%
Chet Edwards 80%
Vern Ehlers 86%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 98%
Brad Ellsworth 86%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 80%
Jo Ann Emerson 86%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
Philip English 86%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 92%
Bob Etheridge 90%
Terry Everett 20%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 76%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86%
Bob Filner 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 40%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 20%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 80%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 60%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 6%
Barney Frank 98%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 80%
Elton Gallegly 40%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 86%
Gabrielle Giffords 46%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 86%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 98%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
Bart Gordon 92%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 46%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 26%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 74%
John Hall 86%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 20%
Debbie Halvorson 40%
Phil Hare 86%
Jane Harman 86%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 80%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 80%
Baron Hill 80%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 94%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 82%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 92%
David Lee Hobson 80%
Paul Hodes 98%
Pete Hoekstra 40%
Thomas Holden 86%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 92%
Darlene Hooley 86%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 20%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 40%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 40%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 94%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 90%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 76%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
Tim Johnson 88%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 0%
Steve Kagen 80%
Paul Kanjorski 86%

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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