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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 22%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16%
Todd Akin 92%
Wayne Allard 85%
George Allen 73%
Thomas Allen 23%
Rob Andrews 33%
Joe Baca, Sr. 28%
Brian Baird 27%
Richard Hugh Baker 87%
Cass Ballenger 81%
Roscoe Bartlett 68%
Charlie Bass 58%
Max Baucus 42%
Evan Bayh 41%
Bob Bennett 83%
Douglas Bereuter 59%
Shelley Berkley 32%
Howard Berman 16%
Marion Berry 43%
Judy Biggert 65%
Michael Bilirakis 82%
Jeff Bingaman 23%
Sherwood Boehlert 53%
Kit Bond 77%
Henry Bonilla 86%
Mary Bono Mack 57%
Leonard Boswell 40%
Rick Boucher 33%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 47%
John Breaux 50%
Henry Brown, Jr. 79%
Jim Bunning 77%
Conrad Burns 77%
Dan Burton 70%
Steve Buyer 73%
Robert Byrd 37%
Ben Campbell 69%
Chris Cannon 75%
Eric Cantor 90%
Brad Carson 45%
Julia Carson 12%
Mike Castle 55%
Hillary Clinton 13%
Michael Collins 79%
Larry Combest 81%
Kent Conrad 24%
Jon Corzine 13%
Jerry Costello 44%
Christopher Cox 67%
Larry Craig 83%
Robert Cramer 49%
Philip Crane 86%
Barbara Cubin 89%
Randall Cunningham 78%
Thomas Daschle 31%
James Davis 39%
Jo Ann Davis 77%
Thomas Davis III 69%
Bill Delahunt 16%
Thomas DeLay 88%
Peter Deutsch 34%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 63%
Norm Dicks 29%
Chris Dodd 19%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 80%
Calvin Dooley 37%
John Doolittle 83%
Byron Dorgan 36%
David Dreier 60%
Jennifer Dunn 68%
John Edwards 37%
Chet Edwards 41%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Jo Ann Emerson 66%
Philip English 72%
John Ensign 74%
Bob Etheridge 39%
Lane Evans 10%
Terry Everett 83%
Russ Feingold 15%
Michael Ferguson 60%
Bob Filner 3%
Peter Fitzgerald 68%
Mark Foley 65%
Harold Ford, Jr. 36%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 70%
Barney Frank 14%
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%
Bart Gordon 45%
Porter Goss 71%
Daniel Graham 38%
Mark Green 72%
James Greenwood 55%
Judd Gregg 71%
Gilbert Gutknecht 62%
Jane Harman 41%
Melissa Hart 83%
Robert Hayes 79%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 92%
Joel Hefley 83%
Wally Herger, Jr. 82%
Baron Hill 38%
Maurice Hinchey 9%
David Lee Hobson 73%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 24%
Pete Hoekstra 66%
Thomas Holden 48%
Ernest Hollings 38%
Darlene Hooley 30%
John Nathan Hostettler 57%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 47%
Kenny Hulshof 73%
Duncan Hunter 70%
Kay Hutchison 85%
Henry Hyde 79%
Daniel Inouye 27%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 81%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 9%
William Jefferson 34%
James Merrill Jeffords 19%
William Lewis Jenkins 85%
Christopher John 49%
Nancy Johnson 46%
Tim Johnson 56%
Paul Kanjorski 34%
Ric Keller 89%
Sue Kelly 64%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 11%
Mark Kennedy 80%
Patrick Kennedy 29%
Dale Kildee 30%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 17%
Gerald Kleczka 22%
Joseph Knollenberg 78%
Herb Kohl 36%
James Kolbe 65%
Dennis Kucinich 16%
Jon Kyl 89%
Ray LaHood 65%
Nicholas Lampson 36%
Tom Lantos 26%
Steve LaTourette 56%
James Leach 43%
Jerry Lewis 69%
Ron Lewis 88%
Joe Lieberman 22%
Blanche Lincoln 47%
John Linder 92%
William Lipinski 47%
Trent Lott, Sr. 87%
Ken Lucas 69%
Dick Lugar 78%
Don Manzullo 70%
Robert Matsui 18%
Karen McCarthy 23%
James McCrery III 79%
John McHugh 73%
Scott McInnis 80%
Michael McNulty 23%
Martin Meehan 23%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 22%
Zell Bryan Miller 63%
Alan Mollohan 40%
Dennis Moore 36%
Jack Murtha 42%
Sue Myrick 85%
Ben Nelson 52%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 78%
Robert William Ney 80%
Don Nickles 89%
Anne Northup 73%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 83%
James Nussle 66%
Jim Oberstar 20%
Dave Obey 25%
John Olver 8%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 42%
Thomas William Osborne 66%
Doug Ose 61%
Major Owens 9%
Michael Oxley 83%
Ron Paul 49%
Donald Payne 5%
John Peterson 73%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 81%
Todd Platts 60%
Richard Pombo 90%
Earl Pomeroy 45%
Deborah Pryce 67%
Jack Quinn 59%
George Radanovich 70%

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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