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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2003 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
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%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 22%
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%

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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