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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 89%
Ted Strickland 89%
Mark Udall 89%
Dennis Cardoza 88%
Harold Ford, Jr. 88%
Daniel Inouye 88%
Carl Levin 88%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 88%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 88%
Jay Rockefeller IV 88%
James Merrill Jeffords 86%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 82%
Jeff Bingaman 82%
Chris Dodd 82%
Byron Dorgan 82%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 82%
Timothy Johnson 82%
Joe Lieberman 82%
Blanche Lincoln 82%
Max Baucus 80%
Marion Berry 78%
Edward Case 78%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 78%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 78%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 78%
Alan Mollohan 78%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 78%
Ike Skelton 78%
Robert Byrd 76%
Herb Kohl 76%
Mary Landrieu 76%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 76%
Mark Pryor 76%
Ken Salazar 76%
Kent Conrad 73%
John Barrow 67%
Ben Chandler III 67%
Bart Gordon 67%
Nancy Johnson 67%
James Leach 67%
Jim Marshall 67%
Mike McIntyre 67%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 67%
John Tanner 67%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 65%
Dan Boren 63%
Robert Cramer 56%
Lincoln Davis 56%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 56%
Christopher Shays 56%
Ben Nelson 47%
Mike Castle 44%
Heather Wilson 44%
Lincoln Chafee 41%
Ron Paul 38%
Gene Taylor 38%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 35%
Olympia Snowe 35%
Sherwood Boehlert 33%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 33%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 33%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 33%
Jim Gerlach 33%
Tim Johnson 33%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 33%
James Ramstad 33%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 33%
Jim Saxton 33%
John Schwarz 33%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 33%
Norm Coleman 29%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 29%
Arlen Specter 27%
William Thomas 25%
James Walsh 25%
Charlie Bass 22%
Judy Biggert 22%
Mark Green 22%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 22%
Sue Kelly 22%
Ray LaHood 22%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 22%
Robert William Ney 22%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 22%
Todd Platts 22%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 22%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 22%
Donald Sherwood 22%
Gerald Weller 22%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 22%
Thomas Reynolds 14%
Wayne Gilchrest 13%
Katherine Harris 13%
Doc Hastings 13%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 13%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 13%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 12%
Dick Lugar 12%
Gordon Smith 12%
George Voinovich 12%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 11%
Mary Bono Mack 11%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 11%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 11%
Chris Cannon 11%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 11%
Chris Chocola 11%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 11%
Thomas Davis III 11%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 11%
Vern Ehlers 11%
Jo Ann Emerson 11%
Philip English 11%
Michael Ferguson 11%
Mark Foley 11%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 11%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 11%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 11%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 11%
Jim Gibbons 11%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 11%
Gilbert Gutknecht 11%
Melissa Hart 11%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 11%
David Lee Hobson 11%
Bobby Jindal 11%
Mark Kennedy 11%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 11%
Joseph Knollenberg 11%
James Kolbe 11%
John Kuhl, Jr. 11%
Tom Latham 11%
Steve LaTourette 11%
Connie Mack IV 11%
Thaddeus McCotter 11%
James McCrery III 11%
John McHugh 11%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 11%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 11%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 11%
Anne Northup 11%
Thomas William Osborne 11%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 11%
Michael Oxley 11%
Tom Petri 11%
Richard Pombo 11%
Jon Porter, Sr. 11%
Deborah Pryce 11%
Ralph Regula 11%
Richard Renzi 11%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 11%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 11%
Cliff Stearns 11%
John Sweeney 11%
Lee Terry 11%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 11%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 11%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 11%
W. Curtis Weldon 11%
Conrad Burns 6%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 6%
Larry Craig 6%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 6%
Charles Hagel 6%
Kay Hutchison 6%
Melquiades Martinez 6%
Rick Santorum 6%
John Sununu 6%
James Talent 6%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 6%
John Warner 6%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Todd Akin 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 0%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Bob Beauprez 0%
Bob Bennett 0%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
John Boehner 0%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 0%

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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