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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2003 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
J. Dennis Hastert 96%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 94%
Thomas DeLay 94%
John Linder 94%
Edward Schrock 94%
Todd Tiahrt 94%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 93%
Chris Cannon 93%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 93%
Ric Keller 92%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 91%
Chris Chocola 91%
Henry Hyde 91%
Mark Kennedy 91%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 91%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 90%
Eric Cantor 90%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 90%
Sue Myrick 90%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 89%
John Sullivan 89%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 88%
Henry Brown, Jr. 88%
Christopher Cox 88%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 88%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 88%
Wally Herger, Jr. 88%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 88%
George Allen 87%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 87%
Jim Bunning 87%
Conrad Burns 87%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 87%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 87%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 87%
Philip Crane 87%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 87%
William Frist 87%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 87%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 87%
Dick Lugar 87%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 87%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 87%
Rick Santorum 87%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 87%
Craig Thomas 87%
Gerald Weller 87%
Richard Hugh Baker 86%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 86%
Max Burns 86%
Michael Collins 86%
Barbara Cubin 86%
Randall Cunningham 86%
Anne Northup 86%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 86%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 86%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 86%
Scott McInnis 85%
Jim Ryun 85%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
Porter Goss 84%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 84%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 84%
Richard Pombo 84%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 83%
Cass Ballenger 83%
John Doolittle 83%
Katherine Harris 83%
Robert Hayes 83%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 83%
Don Nickles 83%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 82%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 82%
George Radanovich 82%
William Tauzin 82%
Bob Bennett 81%
Kit Bond 81%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 81%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 81%
Jim Gibbons 81%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 81%
Duncan Hunter 81%
Joseph Knollenberg 81%
Jon Kyl 81%
James McCrery III 81%
Marilyn Musgrave 81%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 81%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 81%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 80%
Terry Everett 80%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 80%
David Weldon 80%
Bob Beauprez 79%
Paul Gillmor 79%
William Janklow 79%
Ron Lewis 79%
Trent Lott, Sr. 79%
John Peterson 79%
Thomas Reynolds 79%
Mark Souder 79%
Todd Akin 78%
Ginny Brown-Waite 78%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 78%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 78%
Elton Gallegly 78%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 78%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 78%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 78%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 77%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 77%
Melissa Hart 77%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 77%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 77%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 77%
Denny Rehberg 77%
Richard Renzi 77%
Donald Sherwood 77%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 77%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 77%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 77%
Norm Coleman 76%
Larry Craig 76%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 76%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 76%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 76%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 76%
Jon Porter, Sr. 76%
Charles Taylor 76%
J. Gresham Barrett 75%
Henry Bonilla 75%
Tom Feeney 75%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 75%
Pete Hoekstra 75%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 75%
John Shadegg 75%
Judd Gregg 74%
Jerry Lewis 74%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 74%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 74%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 74%
Bill Young 74%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 73%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 73%
Jennifer Dunn 73%
Don Manzullo 73%
Zell Bryan Miller 73%
Ralph Regula 73%
Zach Wamp 73%
John Warner 73%
Wayne Allard 72%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 72%
Elizabeth Dole 72%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 72%
Kenny Hulshof 72%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 72%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 72%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 72%
James Talent 72%
Steve Buyer 71%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 71%
John Ensign 71%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 71%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 71%
James Nussle 71%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 70%
Thaddeus McCotter 70%
Michael Oxley 70%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 70%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 70%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 70%
George Voinovich 70%
James Walsh 70%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 70%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 69%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 69%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 69%
Deborah Pryce 69%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 69%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 69%
William Thomas 69%
Michael Bilirakis 68%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 68%
Jo Ann Emerson 68%
Thomas William Osborne 68%
Nick Smith 68%
Roscoe Bartlett 67%
Gilbert Gutknecht 67%
David Lee Hobson 67%
William Lewis Jenkins 67%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 67%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 67%
Dan Burton 66%
David Dreier 66%

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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