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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2003 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 19%
Gary Ackerman 22%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 84%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 22%
Todd Akin 78%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 83%
Rodney Alexander 46%
Wayne Allard 72%
George Allen 87%
Thomas Allen 17%
Rob Andrews 26%
Joe Baca, Sr. 32%
Spencer Bachus 94%
Brian Baird 24%
Richard Hugh Baker 86%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 10%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 16%
Cass Ballenger 83%
J. Gresham Barrett 75%
Roscoe Bartlett 67%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 86%
Charlie Bass 55%
Max Baucus 30%
Evan Bayh 42%
Bob Beauprez 79%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 11%
Chris Bell 33%
Bob Bennett 81%
Douglas Bereuter 54%
Shelley Berkley 30%
Howard Berman 15%
Marion Berry 37%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 25%
Judy Biggert 58%
Michael Bilirakis 68%
Jeff Bingaman 30%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 91%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 37%
Tim Bishop 23%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 17%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 90%
Sherwood Boehlert 49%
John Boehner 87%
Kit Bond 81%
Henry Bonilla 75%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 88%
Mary Bono Mack 57%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 81%
Leonard Boswell 37%
Rick Boucher 31%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 9%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 42%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 61%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 82%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 19%
John Breaux 45%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 20%
Henry Brown, Jr. 88%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 11%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 72%
Ginny Brown-Waite 78%
Jim Bunning 87%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 81%
Conrad Burns 87%
Max Burns 86%
Dan Burton 66%
Steve Buyer 71%
Robert Byrd 25%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
Dave Camp 78%
Ben Campbell 53%
Chris Cannon 93%
Eric Cantor 90%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 23%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 57%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 15%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 14%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 24%
Dennis Cardoza 39%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 41%
Brad Carson 44%
Julia Carson 18%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 90%
Edward Case 31%
Mike Castle 47%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 68%
Lincoln Chafee 47%
Chris Chocola 91%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 11%
Hillary Clinton 11%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 19%
Howard Coble 69%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 87%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 87%
Norm Coleman 76%
Michael Collins 86%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 49%
Kent Conrad 40%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 8%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 38%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 87%
Jon Corzine 16%
Jerry Costello 40%
Christopher Cox 88%
Larry Craig 76%
Robert Cramer 48%
Philip Crane 87%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 76%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 87%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 32%
Barbara Cubin 86%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 73%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 18%
Randall Cunningham 86%
Thomas Daschle 20%
Artur Davis 34%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 8%
James Davis 33%
Jo Ann Davis 65%
Lincoln Davis 46%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 23%
Thomas Davis III 57%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 12%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 89%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 15%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 18%
Bill Delahunt 6%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15%
Thomas DeLay 94%
Peter Deutsch 28%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 71%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 73%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 88%
Norm Dicks 33%
John Dingell 26%
Chris Dodd 24%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 15%
Elizabeth Dole 72%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 80%
Calvin Dooley 41%
John Doolittle 83%
Byron Dorgan 33%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 32%
David Dreier 66%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 57%
Jennifer Dunn 73%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 13%
John Edwards 6%
Chet Edwards 40%
Vern Ehlers 55%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 25%
Jo Ann Emerson 68%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 19%
Philip English 65%
John Ensign 71%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 77%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 14%
Bob Etheridge 34%
Lane Evans 19%
Terry Everett 80%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 8%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 10%
Tom Feeney 75%
Russ Feingold 11%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 32%
Michael Ferguson 62%
Bob Filner 4%
Peter Fitzgerald 65%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 56%
Mark Foley 62%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 78%
Harold Ford, Jr. 34%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 64%
Barney Frank 5%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 88%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 58%
William Frist 87%
Jonas Frost III 33%
Elton Gallegly 78%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 77%
Jim Gerlach 59%
Jim Gibbons 81%
Wayne Gilchrest 52%
Paul Gillmor 79%
Phil Gingrey 93%
Charlie Gonzalez 29%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 75%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 76%
Bart Gordon 39%
Porter Goss 84%
Daniel Graham 23%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 71%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 87%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 70%
Mark Green 66%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 34%
James Greenwood 56%
Judd Gregg 74%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 7%

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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