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Rating Group: Freedom Democrats

2005-2006 Positions on Social Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 87%
Gary Ackerman 70%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 13%
Todd Akin 13%
Rodney Alexander 17%
Thomas Allen 80%
Rob Andrews 67%
Joe Baca, Sr. 73%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 13%
Brian Baird 80%
Richard Hugh Baker 13%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
J. Gresham Barrett 10%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 30%
Roscoe Bartlett 40%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 17%
Charlie Bass 30%
Melissa Bean 50%
Bob Beauprez 13%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 80%
Shelley Berkley 70%
Howard Berman 73%
Marion Berry 53%
Judy Biggert 33%
Michael Bilirakis 13%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 13%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 60%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 10%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 87%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 17%
Sherwood Boehlert 27%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 13%
Henry Bonilla 17%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 10%
Mary Bono Mack 23%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 17%
Dan Boren 30%
Leonard Boswell 47%
Rick Boucher 67%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 17%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 53%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 67%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 67%
Henry Brown, Jr. 13%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 80%
Ginny Brown-Waite 20%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 13%
Dan Burton 13%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 73%
Steve Buyer 17%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 13%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 17%
Chris Cannon 13%
Eric Cantor 13%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 77%
Dennis Cardoza 53%
Russ Carnahan 73%
Julia Carson 83%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 13%
Edward Case 40%
Mike Castle 27%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 17%
Ben Chandler III 53%
Chris Chocola 20%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 97%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 73%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 20%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 13%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 60%
Jerry Costello 53%
Robert Cramer 30%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 13%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 70%
Barbara Cubin 17%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 43%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 17%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 77%
Artur Davis 53%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 77%
Geoff Davis 13%
James Davis 53%
Jo Ann Davis 10%
Lincoln Davis 37%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 77%
Thomas Davis III 23%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 7%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 77%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87%
Bill Delahunt 83%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 27%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 20%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 20%
Norm Dicks 70%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 70%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 83%
John Doolittle 10%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 73%
Thelma Drake 10%
David Dreier 23%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 47%
Chet Edwards 43%
Vern Ehlers 40%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 70%
Jo Ann Emerson 17%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 67%
Philip English 20%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 43%
Terry Everett 10%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 83%
Tom Feeney 27%
Michael Ferguson 17%
Bob Filner 83%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 27%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 53%
Mark Foley 20%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 13%
Harold Ford, Jr. 47%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 20%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 20%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 10%
Barney Frank 93%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 13%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 20%
Elton Gallegly 10%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 37%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 20%
Jim Gibbons 17%
Wayne Gilchrest 50%
Paul Gillmor 17%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 20%
Charlie Gonzalez 73%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 20%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 13%
Bart Gordon 50%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 13%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 83%
Mark Green 20%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 70%
Gilbert Gutknecht 27%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 13%
Jane Harman 70%
Katherine Harris 13%
Melissa Hart 17%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 63%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 17%
Robert Hayes 13%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 17%
Joel Hefley 17%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 23%
Wally Herger, Jr. 13%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 50%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 63%
Maurice Hinchey 90%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 57%
David Lee Hobson 20%
Pete Hoekstra 17%
Thomas Holden 50%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 90%
Darlene Hooley 77%
John Nathan Hostettler 33%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 67%
Kenny Hulshof 23%
Duncan Hunter 13%
Henry Hyde 7%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 27%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 13%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 17%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 83%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 77%
William Jefferson 73%
William Lewis Jenkins 13%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 87%
Nancy Johnson 33%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 7%
Tim Johnson 27%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 50%
Paul Kanjorski 67%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 73%

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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