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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Freedom Democrats

2005-2006 Positions on Social Issues

Issues: Liberal , Social , Social
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 70%
Todd Akin 13%
Rodney Alexander 17%
Thomas Allen 80%
Rob Andrews 67%
Joe Baca, Sr. 73%
Brian Baird 80%
Richard Hugh Baker 13%
J. Gresham Barrett 10%
Roscoe Bartlett 40%
Charlie Bass 30%
Melissa Bean 50%
Bob Beauprez 13%
Shelley Berkley 70%
Howard Berman 73%
Marion Berry 53%
Judy Biggert 33%
Michael Bilirakis 13%
Sherwood Boehlert 27%
Henry Bonilla 17%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 10%
Mary Bono Mack 23%
Dan Boren 30%
Leonard Boswell 47%
Rick Boucher 67%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 53%
Henry Brown, Jr. 13%
Ginny Brown-Waite 20%
Dan Burton 13%
Steve Buyer 17%
Chris Cannon 13%
Eric Cantor 13%
Dennis Cardoza 53%
Russ Carnahan 73%
Julia Carson 83%
Edward Case 40%
Mike Castle 27%
Ben Chandler III 53%
Chris Chocola 20%
Jerry Costello 53%
Robert Cramer 30%
Barbara Cubin 17%
Artur Davis 53%
Geoff Davis 13%
James Davis 53%
Jo Ann Davis 10%
Lincoln Davis 37%
Thomas Davis III 23%
Bill Delahunt 83%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 20%
Norm Dicks 70%
John Doolittle 10%
Thelma Drake 10%
David Dreier 23%
Chet Edwards 43%
Vern Ehlers 40%
Jo Ann Emerson 17%
Philip English 20%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 43%
Terry Everett 10%
Tom Feeney 27%
Michael Ferguson 17%
Bob Filner 83%
Mark Foley 20%
Harold Ford, Jr. 47%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 20%
Barney Frank 93%
Elton Gallegly 10%
Jim Gibbons 17%
Wayne Gilchrest 50%
Paul Gillmor 17%
Charlie Gonzalez 73%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 20%
Bart Gordon 50%
Mark Green 20%
Gilbert Gutknecht 27%
Jane Harman 70%
Katherine Harris 13%
Melissa Hart 17%
Robert Hayes 13%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 17%
Joel Hefley 17%
Wally Herger, Jr. 13%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 50%
Maurice Hinchey 90%
David Lee Hobson 20%
Pete Hoekstra 17%
Thomas Holden 50%
Darlene Hooley 77%
John Nathan Hostettler 33%
Kenny Hulshof 23%
Duncan Hunter 13%
Henry Hyde 7%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 27%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 17%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 83%
William Jefferson 73%
William Lewis Jenkins 13%
Nancy Johnson 33%
Tim Johnson 27%
Paul Kanjorski 67%
Ric Keller 13%
Sue Kelly 27%
Mark Kennedy 13%
Patrick Kennedy 77%
Dale Kildee 73%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 73%
Joseph Knollenberg 20%
James Kolbe 37%
Dennis Kucinich 87%
John Kuhl, Jr. 17%
Ray LaHood 27%
Tom Lantos 67%
Steve LaTourette 23%
James Leach 60%
Jerry Lewis 17%
Ron Lewis 10%
John Linder 7%
Dan Lungren 13%
Connie Mack IV 30%
Don Manzullo 23%
Jim Marshall 30%
Thaddeus McCotter 17%
James McCrery III 17%
John McHugh 13%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 77%
Michael McNulty 73%
Martin Meehan 83%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 70%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 40%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 67%
Brad Miller 60%
Alan Mollohan 47%
Dennis Moore 67%
Jack Murtha 53%
Marilyn Musgrave 13%
Sue Myrick 10%
Robert William Ney 20%
Anne Northup 17%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 3%
James Nussle 13%
Jim Oberstar 77%
Dave Obey 87%
John Olver 90%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 43%
Thomas William Osborne 17%
Major Owens 83%
Michael Oxley 13%
Ron Paul 80%
Donald Payne 90%
John Peterson 13%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 13%
Todd Platts 20%
Richard Pombo 13%
Earl Pomeroy 53%
Jon Porter, Sr. 23%
Deborah Pryce 20%
George Radanovich 10%
James Ramstad 33%
Ralph Regula 13%
Denny Rehberg 17%
Richard Renzi 13%
Silvestre Reyes 53%
Thomas Reynolds 17%
Mike Ross 47%
Steve Rothman 80%
Jim Ryun 13%
Martin Olav Sabo 83%
Jim Saxton 13%
John Schwarz 20%
John Shadegg 20%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 17%
Christopher Shays 40%
Donald Sherwood 23%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 37%
Ike Skelton 37%
Vic Snyder 57%
Mike Sodrel 13%
Hilda Solis 83%
Mark Souder 17%
John Spratt, Jr. 47%
Pete Stark 87%
Cliff Stearns 20%
Ted Strickland 77%
Bart Stupak 60%
John Sullivan 13%
John Sweeney 20%
Tom Tancredo 17%
John Tanner 53%
Ellen Tauscher 80%
Charles Taylor 17%
Gene Taylor 37%
William Thomas 20%
Todd Tiahrt 10%
Ed Towns 70%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 80%
James Walsh 13%
Zach Wamp 17%
Diane Watson 83%

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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