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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2005 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 18%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 20%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 70%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 80%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 91%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 40%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 73%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 59%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 50%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 23%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 6%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 31%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 29%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 34%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 87%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 87%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 75%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 11%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 76%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 13%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 48%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 69%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 67%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 85%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 42%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 70%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 5%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 14%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 23%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 15%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 14%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 84%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 83%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 88%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 74%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 20%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 22%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 22%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 16%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 83%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 91%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 19%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 5%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 64%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 26%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 71%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 73%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 81%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 85%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 15%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 10%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 19%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 23%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 7%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 20%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 79%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 69%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 69%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 84%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 81%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 7%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 14%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 24%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 41%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 74%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 28%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 87%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 77%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 87%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 26%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 74%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 74%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 23%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 12%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 21%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 83%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 81%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 26%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 81%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 19%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 75%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 64%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 82%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 42%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 94%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 5%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 84%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 88%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 44%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 40%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 72%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 96%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 69%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 14%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 37%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 12%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 14%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 3%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 65%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 29%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 73%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 82%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 76%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 15%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 5%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 6%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 12%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 28%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 36%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 29%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 19%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 14%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 25%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 75%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 58%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 86%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 20%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 74%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 25%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 9%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 78%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 6%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 47%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 20%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 21%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 73%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 26%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 32%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 51%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 18%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 91%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 66%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 48%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 89%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 77%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 72%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 53%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 55%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 76%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 18%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 22%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 10%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 70%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 64%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 10 Nadler Democratic 6%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 22%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 19%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 34%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 90%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 84%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 25%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 66%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 70%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 32%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 81%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 84%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 72%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 12%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 28%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 23%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 17%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 56%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 55%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 95%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 27%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 29%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 68%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 75%

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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