Rating Group: National Journal

2003 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 56%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 77%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 67%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 87%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 83%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 84%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 94%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Pryor D 40%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 81%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 62%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 56%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 7%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 22%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 88%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 32%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 9%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 28%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 4%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 14%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 8%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 7%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 14%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 12%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 8%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 84%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 15%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 76%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 23%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 14%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 90%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 8%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 8%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 11%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 6%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 72%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 7%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 84%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 4%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 25%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 62%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 76%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 23%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 19%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 18%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 18%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 15%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 41%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 29%
FL U.S. House-1 Jefferson Miller R 74%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 87%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 20%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 87%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 12%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 88%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 72%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 77%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 83%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 37%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 4%
GA U.S. House-11 Phil Gingrey R 93%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 39%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 89%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 19%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 87%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 11%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 69%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 84%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 76%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 69%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 62%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 13%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 50%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 15%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 9%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 8%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 4%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 64%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 25%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 28%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 80%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 74%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 55%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 72%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 87%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 67%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 81%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas D 50%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 39%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 5%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 23%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 9%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 8%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 14%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 28%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 14%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 24%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 36%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 31%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 18%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 18%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 49%
ME U.S. House-2 Mike Michaud D 31%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 11%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 20%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 78%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 56%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 86%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 24%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 78%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 26%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 8%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 88%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 8%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 47%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 12%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 90%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 11%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 70%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 87%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 77%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 19%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 25%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 72%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 4%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 58%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 29%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 69%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 44%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 70%
NH State Senate-3 Jeb Bradley R 61%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 28%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 52%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 55%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 77%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 23%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 31%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 58%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 16%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 9%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 86%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 23%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 26%
NY U.S. House-1 Tim Bishop D 23%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 64%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 34%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 28%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 20%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 13%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 4%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 16%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 10%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 32%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 8%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 19%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 26%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 11%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 11%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 70%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 68%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 87%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 25%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 77%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 74%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 22%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 71%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 75%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 78%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 87%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 16%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 62%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 17%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 15%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 64%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 19%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 10%
PA U.S. House-6 Jim Gerlach R 59%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 70%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 32%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 86%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 82%
PA Commissioner-At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 22%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 5%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 25%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 47%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 81%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 19%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 19%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 83%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 57%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 38%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 93%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 87%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 93%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 53%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 84%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 86%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 73%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 82%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 71%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 93%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 36%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 17%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 71%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 91%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 81%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 34%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 16%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 90%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 91%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 15%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 87%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 91%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 42%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 7%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 78%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 76%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 29%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 70%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 22%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 16%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 22%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 23%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 35%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 81%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 12%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 36%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 23%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 10%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 69%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 30%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 59%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 56%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 21%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 57%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 34%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 77%
Gary Ackerman 22%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 22%
Todd Akin 78%
Rodney Alexander 46%
Wayne Allard 72%
George Allen 87%
Thomas Allen 17%
Rob Andrews 26%
Joe Baca, Sr. 32%
Brian Baird 24%
Richard Hugh Baker 86%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 16%
Cass Ballenger 83%
J. Gresham Barrett 75%
Roscoe Bartlett 67%
Charlie Bass 55%
Max Baucus 30%
Evan Bayh 42%
Bob Beauprez 79%
Chris Bell 33%
Bob Bennett 81%
Douglas Bereuter 54%
Shelley Berkley 30%
Howard Berman 15%
Marion Berry 37%
Judy Biggert 58%
Michael Bilirakis 68%
Jeff Bingaman 30%
Sherwood Boehlert 49%
Kit Bond 81%
Henry Bonilla 75%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 88%
Mary Bono Mack 57%
Leonard Boswell 37%
Rick Boucher 31%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 42%
John Breaux 45%
Henry Brown, Jr. 88%
Ginny Brown-Waite 78%
Jim Bunning 87%
Conrad Burns 87%
Max Burns 86%
Dan Burton 66%
Steve Buyer 71%
Robert Byrd 25%
Ben Campbell 53%
Chris Cannon 93%
Eric Cantor 90%
Dennis Cardoza 39%
Brad Carson 44%
Julia Carson 18%
Edward Case 31%
Mike Castle 47%
Chris Chocola 91%
Hillary Clinton 11%
Norm Coleman 76%
Michael Collins 86%
Kent Conrad 40%
Jon Corzine 16%
Jerry Costello 40%
Christopher Cox 88%
Larry Craig 76%
Robert Cramer 48%
Philip Crane 87%
Barbara Cubin 86%
Randall Cunningham 86%
Thomas Daschle 20%
Artur Davis 34%
James Davis 33%
Jo Ann Davis 65%
Lincoln Davis 46%
Thomas Davis III 57%
Bill Delahunt 6%
Thomas DeLay 94%
Peter Deutsch 28%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 73%
Norm Dicks 33%
Chris Dodd 24%
Elizabeth Dole 72%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 80%
Calvin Dooley 41%
John Doolittle 83%
Byron Dorgan 33%
David Dreier 66%
Jennifer Dunn 73%
John Edwards 6%
Chet Edwards 40%
Vern Ehlers 55%
Jo Ann Emerson 68%
Philip English 65%
John Ensign 71%
Bob Etheridge 34%
Lane Evans 19%
Terry Everett 80%
Tom Feeney 75%
Russ Feingold 11%
Michael Ferguson 62%
Bob Filner 4%
Peter Fitzgerald 65%
Mark Foley 62%
Harold Ford, Jr. 34%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 64%
Barney Frank 5%
William Frist 87%
Jonas Frost III 33%
Elton Gallegly 78%
Jim Gibbons 81%
Wayne Gilchrest 52%
Paul Gillmor 79%
Charlie Gonzalez 29%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 75%
Bart Gordon 39%
Porter Goss 84%
Daniel Graham 23%
Mark Green 66%
James Greenwood 56%
Judd Gregg 74%
Gilbert Gutknecht 67%
Jane Harman 30%
Katherine Harris 83%
Melissa Hart 77%
J. Dennis Hastert 96%
Robert Hayes 83%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 78%
Joel Hefley 60%
Wally Herger, Jr. 88%
Baron Hill 38%
Maurice Hinchey 7%
David Lee Hobson 67%
Pete Hoekstra 75%
Thomas Holden 44%
Ernest Hollings 28%
Darlene Hooley 32%
John Nathan Hostettler 56%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 49%
Kenny Hulshof 72%
Duncan Hunter 81%
Kay Hutchison 65%
Henry Hyde 91%
Daniel Inouye 35%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 77%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 6%
William Janklow 79%
William Jefferson 27%
James Merrill Jeffords 33%
William Lewis Jenkins 67%
Christopher John 48%
Nancy Johnson 49%
Tim Johnson 49%
Paul Kanjorski 36%
Ric Keller 92%
Sue Kelly 53%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 12%
Mark Kennedy 91%
Patrick Kennedy 20%
Dale Kildee 32%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 12%
Gerald Kleczka 17%
Joseph Knollenberg 81%
Herb Kohl 23%
James Kolbe 62%
Dennis Kucinich 20%
Jon Kyl 81%
Ray LaHood 57%
Nicholas Lampson 33%
Tom Lantos 26%
Steve LaTourette 55%
Frank Lautenberg 11%
James Leach 44%
Jerry Lewis 74%
Ron Lewis 79%
Joe Lieberman 29%
Blanche Lincoln 41%
John Linder 94%
William Lipinski 46%
Trent Lott, Sr. 79%
Dick Lugar 87%
Denise Majette 18%
Don Manzullo 73%
Jim Marshall 45%
Robert Matsui 16%
Karen McCarthy 17%
Thaddeus McCotter 70%
James McCrery III 81%
John McHugh 54%
Scott McInnis 85%
Michael McNulty 27%
Martin Meehan 12%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 27%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 18%
Brad Miller 26%
Zell Bryan Miller 73%
Alan Mollohan 43%
Dennis Moore 35%
Jack Murtha 45%
Marilyn Musgrave 81%
Sue Myrick 90%
Ben Nelson 50%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 69%
Robert William Ney 65%
Don Nickles 83%
Anne Northup 86%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 77%
James Nussle 71%
Jim Oberstar 24%
Dave Obey 22%
John Olver 4%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 43%
Thomas William Osborne 68%
Doug Ose 54%
Major Owens 12%
Michael Oxley 70%
Ron Paul 40%
Donald Payne 7%
John Peterson 79%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 72%
Todd Platts 58%
Richard Pombo 84%
Earl Pomeroy 44%
Jon Porter, Sr. 76%
Deborah Pryce 69%
Jack Quinn 54%
George Radanovich 82%
James Ramstad 51%
Ralph Regula 73%
Denny Rehberg 77%
Richard Renzi 77%
Silvestre Reyes 37%
Thomas Reynolds 79%
Ciro Rodriguez 30%
Mike Ross 38%
Steve Rothman 33%
Jim Ryun 85%
Martin Olav Sabo 20%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 40%
Rick Santorum 87%
Paul Sarbanes 5%
Jim Saxton 63%
Edward Schrock 94%
John Shadegg 75%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 66%
Christopher Shays 46%
Donald Sherwood 77%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 48%
Ike Skelton 47%
Gordon Smith 61%
Nick Smith 68%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Vic Snyder 35%
Hilda Solis 4%
Mark Souder 79%
Arlen Specter 50%
John Spratt, Jr. 30%
Pete Stark 9%
Cliff Stearns 65%
Charles Stenholm 47%
Ted Stevens 66%
Ted Strickland 29%
Bart Stupak 35%
John Sullivan 89%
John Sweeney 66%
James Talent 72%
Tom Tancredo 58%
John Tanner 40%
Ellen Tauscher 31%
William Tauzin 82%
Charles Taylor 76%
Gene Taylor 48%
Craig Thomas 87%
William Thomas 69%
Todd Tiahrt 94%
Ed Towns 16%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 11%
James Turner 44%
George Voinovich 70%
James Walsh 70%
Zach Wamp 73%
John Warner 73%
Diane Watson 9%
Mel Watt 6%
Anthony Weiner 17%
David Weldon 80%
W. Curtis Weldon 58%
Gerald Weller 87%
Robert Wexler 18%
Heather Wilson 59%
Lynn Woolsey 8%
David Wu 31%
Albert Wynn 24%
Bill Young 74%

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