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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: New Mexico Public Interest Research Group

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NM State Senate 1 William Sharer Republican 25%
NM State Senate 3 John Pinto Democratic 73%
NM State Senate 5 Richard Martinez Democratic 58%
NM State Senate 6 Carlos Cisneros Democratic 58%
NM State Senate 8 Pete Campos Democratic 67%
NM State House 9 Patricia Lundstrom Democratic 55%
NM State Senate 11 Linda Lopez Democratic 92%
NM State House 14 Miguel Garcia Democratic 100%
NM State Senate 16 Cisco McSorley Democratic 90%
NM State Senate 17 Mimi Stewart Democratic 100%
NM State House 18 Gail Chasey Democratic 100%
NM State House 19 Sheryl Williams-Stapleton Democratic 100%
NM State Senate 20 William Payne Republican 8%
NM State Senate 24 Nancy Rodriguez Democratic 67%
NM State Senate 27 Stuart Ingle Republican 25%
NM State House 27 Lorenzo Larrañaga Republican 45%
NM State Senate 29 Michael Sanchez Democratic 50%
NM State Senate 31 Joseph Cervantes Democratic 58%
NM State House 32 Dona Irwin Democratic 64%
NM State Senate 35 John Smith Democratic 42%
NM State House 36 Andrew Nuñez Republican 75%
NM State House 38 Dianne Hamilton Republican 33%
NM State Senate 38 Mary Papen Democratic 42%
NM State Senate 39 Phil Griego Democratic 50%
NM State House 40 Nick Salazar Democratic 50%
NM State Senate 41 Carroll Leavell Republican 8%
NM State House 41 Debbie Rodella Democratic 100%
NM State House 42 Roberto Gonzales Democratic 75%
NM State Senate 42 Gay Kernan Republican 17%
NM State House 44 Jane Powdrell-Culbert Republican 36%
NM State House 45 Jim Trujillo Democratic 82%
NM State House 48 Luciano Varela Democratic 92%
NM State House 49 Don Tripp Republican 36%
NM State House 65 James Madalena, Jr. Democratic 70%
NM State House 69 Ken Martinez Democratic 80%
NM Mayor At-Large Thomas Swisstack 78%
Rod Adair 17%
Ben Altamirano 64%
Thomas Anderson 33%
Manny Aragon 67%
Janice Arnold-Jones 50%
Ray Begaye 78%
Mark Boitano 8%
William Boykin 25%
Donald Bratton 33%
Jose Campos II 75%
Joseph Carraro 33%
Max Coll 100%
Kandy Cordova 100%
Kent Cravens 40%
Anna Crook 50%
Dede Feldman 100%
Joseph Fidel 36%
Daniel Foley 0%
Mary Helen Garcia 92%
Mary Jane Garcia 55%
Ron Godbey 36%
Ramsay Gorham 25%
George Hanosh 58%
Clinton Harden, Jr. 50%
Irvin Harrison 75%
John Heaton 58%
Manuel Herrera 75%
Ted Hobbs 25%
Timothy Jennings 42%
Don Kidd 50%
Rhonda Sue King 67%
Steve Komadina 9%
Antonio Lujan 92%
Ben Lujan, Sr. 78%
Fred Luna 60%
Roman Maes III 33%
Rick Miera 100%
Brian Moore 33%
Cynthia Nava 58%
Rory Ogle 33%
Al Park 64%
Danice Picraux 89%
Pauline Ponce 33%
Lidio Rainaldi 58%
Leonard Lee Rawson 33%
Bengie Regensberg 73%
Earlene Roberts 30%
Shannon Robinson 22%
Richard Romero 91%
Raymond Ruiz 50%
Henry Saavedra 78%
Bernadette Sanchez 58%
Edward Sandoval 60%
Daniel Silva 70%
Helen Diane Snyder 17%
Joe Stell, Jr. 67%
James Taylor 67%
John Paul Taylor 82%
Thomas Taylor 42%
Joseph Thompson 27%
Sandra Townsend 42%
Leonard Tsosie 82%
Gloria Vaughn 33%
Richard Vigil 75%
Jeannette Wallace 67%
Donald Whitaker 45%
Robert White 10%
Walter Williams 45%
Avon Wilson 27%
Eric Youngberg 42%
Teresa Zanetti 27%

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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