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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 78%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 68%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 71%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 76%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 84%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 80%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 60%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 58%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 17%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 27%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 23%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 22%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 28%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 78%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 27%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 62%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 75%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 27%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 21%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 5%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 22%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 35%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 41%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 85%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 18%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 90%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 11%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 63%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 92%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 85%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 42%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 3%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 83%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 19%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 79%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 18%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 64%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 76%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 88%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 71%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 10%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 60%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 14%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 19%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 11%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 6%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 75%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 22%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 87%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 87%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 66%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 82%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 89%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 74%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 76%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 69%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 43%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 13%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 25%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 7%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 9%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 15%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 26%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 13%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 30%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 25%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 23%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 54%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 16%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 19%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 86%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 61%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 80%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 21%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 23%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 2%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 92%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 18%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 90%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 23%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 25%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 83%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 13%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 65%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 27%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 70%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 48%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 60%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 27%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 55%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 60%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 25%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 31%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 56%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 25%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 14%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 25%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 74%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 21%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 27%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 31%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 27%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 26%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 11%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 15%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 79%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 84%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 73%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 23%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 79%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 66%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 83%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 92%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 22%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 77%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 15%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 24%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 72%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 17%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 9%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 85%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 31%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 84%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 24%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 33%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 32%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 50%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 79%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 8%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 33%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 73%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 62%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 34%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 6%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 30%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 14%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 76%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 38%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 14%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 84%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 85%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 33%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 66%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 10%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 9%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 25%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 24%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 34%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 88%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 4%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 36%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 22%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 6%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 66%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 30%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 67%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 55%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 24%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 56%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 33%

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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