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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 19%
Gary Ackerman 22%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 76%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16%
Todd Akin 92%
Wayne Allard 85%
George Allen 73%
Thomas Allen 23%
Rob Andrews 33%
Joe Baca, Sr. 28%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 84%
Brian Baird 27%
Richard Hugh Baker 87%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 6%
Cass Ballenger 81%
Roscoe Bartlett 68%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 83%
Charlie Bass 58%
Max Baucus 42%
Evan Bayh 41%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
Bob Bennett 83%
Douglas Bereuter 59%
Shelley Berkley 32%
Howard Berman 16%
Marion Berry 43%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 25%
Judy Biggert 65%
Michael Bilirakis 82%
Jeff Bingaman 23%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 42%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 15%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 92%
Sherwood Boehlert 53%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 73%
Kit Bond 77%
Henry Bonilla 86%
Mary Bono Mack 57%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 80%
Leonard Boswell 40%
Rick Boucher 33%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 7%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 47%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 86%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 17%
John Breaux 50%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 18%
Henry Brown, Jr. 79%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 15%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 82%
Jim Bunning 77%
Conrad Burns 77%
Dan Burton 70%
Steve Buyer 73%
Robert Byrd 37%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 86%
Ben Campbell 69%
Chris Cannon 75%
Eric Cantor 90%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 24%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 56%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 28%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 15%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 30%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 35%
Brad Carson 45%
Julia Carson 12%
Mike Castle 55%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 84%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 50%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 18%
Hillary Clinton 13%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 8%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 70%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 80%
Michael Collins 79%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 54%
Larry Combest 81%
Kent Conrad 24%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 2%
Jon Corzine 13%
Jerry Costello 44%
Christopher Cox 67%
Larry Craig 83%
Robert Cramer 49%
Philip Crane 86%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 76%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 92%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 31%
Barbara Cubin 89%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 92%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 23%
Randall Cunningham 78%
Thomas Daschle 31%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 11%
James Davis 39%
Jo Ann Davis 77%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 27%
Thomas Davis III 69%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 83%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 24%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 5%
Bill Delahunt 16%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15%
Thomas DeLay 88%
Peter Deutsch 34%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 66%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 63%
Norm Dicks 29%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 23%
Chris Dodd 19%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 14%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 80%
Calvin Dooley 37%
John Doolittle 83%
Byron Dorgan 36%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 31%
David Dreier 60%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 73%
Jennifer Dunn 68%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 10%
John Edwards 37%
Chet Edwards 41%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Jo Ann Emerson 66%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 27%
Philip English 72%
John Ensign 74%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 22%
Bob Etheridge 39%
Lane Evans 10%
Terry Everett 83%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 11%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 9%
Russ Feingold 15%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 27%
Michael Ferguson 60%
Bob Filner 3%
Peter Fitzgerald 68%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 58%
Mark Foley 65%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 84%
Harold Ford, Jr. 36%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 70%
Barney Frank 14%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 56%
William Frist 87%
Jonas Frost III 25%
Elton Gallegly 71%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 24%
Jim Gibbons 77%
Wayne Gilchrest 51%
Paul Gillmor 72%
Charlie Gonzalez 18%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 69%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 85%
Bart Gordon 45%
Porter Goss 71%
Daniel Graham 38%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 85%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 79%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 80%
Mark Green 72%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 30%
James Greenwood 55%
Judd Gregg 71%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 19%
Gilbert Gutknecht 62%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 62%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 18%
Jane Harman 41%
Melissa Hart 83%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 11%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 88%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 76%
Robert Hayes 79%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 92%
Joel Hefley 83%
Wally Herger, Jr. 82%
Baron Hill 38%
Maurice Hinchey 9%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 34%
David Lee Hobson 73%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 24%
Pete Hoekstra 66%
Thomas Holden 48%
Ernest Hollings 38%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 4%
Darlene Hooley 30%
John Nathan Hostettler 57%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 47%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 25%
Kenny Hulshof 73%
Duncan Hunter 70%
Kay Hutchison 85%

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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