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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: New Mexico Public Interest Research Group

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NM State House 1 Thomas Taylor Republican 18%
NM State House 9 Patricia Lundstrom Democratic 50%
NM State House 10 Henry Saavedra Democratic 82%
NM State House 11 Rick Miera Democratic 91%
NM State House 12 Ernest Chavez, Sr. Democratic 64%
NM State House 14 Miguel Garcia Democratic 100%
NM State House 17 Edward Sandoval Democratic 80%
NM State House 18 Gail Chasey Democratic 100%
NM State House 19 Sheryl Stapleton Democratic 73%
NM State House 21 Mimi Stewart Democratic 100%
NM State House 27 Lorenzo Larrañaga Republican 9%
NM State House 28 Jimmie Hall Republican 18%
NM State House 29 Thomas Anderson Republican 0%
NM State House 32 Dona Irwin Democratic 70%
NM State House 34 Mary Helen Garcia Democratic 73%
NM State House 38 Dianne Hamilton Republican 18%
NM State House 40 Nick Salazar Democratic 80%
NM State House 41 Debbie Rodella Democratic 64%
NM State House 42 Roberto Gonzales Democratic 82%
NM State House 44 Jane Powdrell-Culbert Republican 14%
NM State House 45 Jim Trujillo Democratic 82%
NM State House 48 Luciano Varela Democratic 73%
NM State House 49 Don Tripp Republican 9%
NM State House 58 Candy Spence Ezzell Republican 9%
NM State House 62 Donald Bratton Republican 0%
NM State House 64 Anna Crook Republican 27%
NM State House 65 James Madalena, Jr. Democratic 100%
NM State House 69 W. Ken Martinez Democratic 80%
NM State Senate 1 William Sharer Republican 30%
NM State Senate 2 Steven Neville Republican 44%
NM State Senate 3 John Pinto Democratic 88%
NM State Senate 5 Richard Martinez Democratic 89%
NM State Senate 6 Carlos Cisneros Democratic 70%
NM State Senate 8 Pete Campos Democratic 78%
NM State Senate 10 John Ryan Republican 44%
NM State Senate 11 Linda Lopez Democratic 88%
NM State Senate 12 Gerald Ortiz Pino Democratic 89%
NM State Senate 16 Cisco McSorley Democratic 100%
NM State Senate 19 Sue Wilson Beffort Republican 44%
NM State Senate 20 William Payne Republican 25%
NM State Senate 24 Nancy Rodriguez Democratic 88%
NM State Senate 25 Peter Wirth Democratic 100%
NM State Senate 27 Stuart Ingle Republican 30%
NM State Senate 29 Michael Sanchez Democratic 100%
NM State Senate 31 Joseph Cervantes Democratic 64%
NM State Senate 35 John Smith Democratic 56%
NM State Senate 38 Mary Papen Democratic 60%
NM State Senate 39 Phil Griego Democratic 80%
NM State Senate 41 Carroll Leavell Republican 33%
NM State Senate 42 Gay Kernan Republican 33%
NM Secretary of State Dianna Duran Republican 25%
NM Auditor Hector Balderas Democratic 80%
NM Mayor At-Large Thomas Swisstack 80%
Rod Adair 40%
Ben Altamirano 70%
Janice Arnold-Jones 9%
Vernon Asbill 40%
Ray Begaye 86%
Mark Boitano 33%
William Boykin 36%
Jose Campos II 64%
Joseph Carraro 33%
Richard Cheney 9%
Kandy Cordova 90%
Kent Cravens 40%
Dede Feldman 100%
Joseph Fidel 67%
Daniel Foley 9%
Justine Fox-Young 0%
Mary Jane Garcia 70%
Keith Gardner 18%
John Grubesic 100%
Joni Gutierrez 91%
George Hanosh 82%
Clinton Harden, Jr. 30%
Irvin Harrison 82%
John Heaton 73%
Manuel Herrera 64%
Ted Hobbs 18%
Timothy Jennings 44%
Rhonda Sue King 73%
Steve Komadina 40%
Antonio Lujan 100%
Ben Lujan, Sr. 82%
Fred Luna 71%
Terry Marquardt 27%
Kathy McCoy 36%
Brian Moore 36%
Cynthia Nava 89%
Andrew Nuñez 55%
Al Park 91%
Greg Alan Payne 18%
Danice Picraux 100%
Lidio Rainaldi 78%
Leonard Lee Rawson 22%
Shannon Robinson 33%
Harriet Ruiz 90%
Bernadette Sanchez 80%
Daniel Silva 55%
Helen Diane Snyder 40%
Joe Stell, Jr. 36%
James Taylor 60%
Sandra Townsend 30%
Leonard Tsosie 71%
Gloria Vaughn 36%
Richard Vigil 82%
Jeannette Wallace 36%
Donald Whitaker 55%
Walter Williams 45%
Avon Wilson 18%
Eric Youngberg 18%
Teresa Zanetti 18%

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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