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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2005 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 16%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 18%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 85%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 83%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 11%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 77%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 81%
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%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 29%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 79%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 4%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 55%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 28%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 20%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 7%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 62%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 34%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 11%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 62%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 59%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 79%
Neil Abercrombie 24%
Gary Ackerman 13%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 21%
Todd Akin 96%
Rodney Alexander 84%
Wayne Allard 91%
George Allen 86%
Thomas Allen 16%
Rob Andrews 27%
Joe Baca, Sr. 31%
Spencer Bachus 81%
Brian Baird 29%
Richard Hugh Baker 92%
J. Gresham Barrett 93%
John Barrow 44%
Roscoe Bartlett 53%
Charlie Bass 55%
Max Baucus 39%
Evan Bayh 29%
Melissa Bean 41%
Bob Beauprez 73%
Bob Bennett 85%
Shelley Berkley 32%
Howard Berman 19%
Marion Berry 43%
Judy Biggert 51%
Michael Bilirakis 83%
Jeff Bingaman 34%
Tim Bishop 25%
Sherwood Boehlert 48%
Kit Bond 77%
Henry Bonilla 85%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 86%
Mary Bono Mack 61%
Dan Boren 48%
Leonard Boswell 37%
Rick Boucher 36%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 42%
Henry Brown, Jr. 87%
Ginny Brown-Waite 67%
Jim Bunning 89%
Conrad Burns 73%
Dan Burton 92%
Steve Buyer 77%
Robert Byrd 35%
Dave Camp 75%
Chris Cannon 82%
Eric Cantor 88%
Dennis Cardoza 43%
Russ Carnahan 26%
Julia Carson 16%
Edward Case 41%
Mike Castle 47%
Lincoln Chafee 41%
Saxby Chambliss 87%
Ben Chandler III 42%
Chris Chocola 78%
Hillary Clinton 20%
Howard Coble 66%
Thomas Coburn 91%
Norm Coleman 66%
Kent Conrad 40%
Jerry Costello 38%
Larry Craig 66%
Robert Cramer 50%
Barbara Cubin 68%
Artur Davis 39%
Geoff Davis 81%
James Davis 31%
Jo Ann Davis 73%
Lincoln Davis 47%
Thomas Davis III 56%
Bill Delahunt 11%
Thomas DeLay 87%
James DeMint 78%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
Norm Dicks 31%
John Dingell 25%
Chris Dodd 20%
Elizabeth Dole 82%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 70%
John Doolittle 79%
Byron Dorgan 24%
Thelma Drake 93%
David Dreier 73%
Chet Edwards 42%
Vern Ehlers 49%
Jo Ann Emerson 60%
Philip English 65%
John Ensign 82%
Bob Etheridge 34%
Lane Evans 16%
Terry Everett 80%
Tom Feeney 76%
Russ Feingold 15%
Michael Ferguson 59%
Bob Filner 11%
Mark Foley 63%
Harold Ford, Jr. 42%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 70%
Barney Frank 9%
William Frist 82%
Elton Gallegly 83%
Jim Gerlach 56%
Jim Gibbons 74%
Wayne Gilchrest 51%
Paul Gillmor 65%
Phil Gingrey 88%
Charlie Gonzalez 31%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 67%
Bart Gordon 43%
Mark Green 65%
Judd Gregg 59%
Gilbert Gutknecht 63%
Charles Hagel 69%
Ralph Hall 81%
Tom Harkin 11%
Jane Harman 32%
Katherine Harris 66%
Melissa Hart 83%
Doc Hastings 76%
Robert Hayes 83%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 91%
Joel Hefley 82%
Wally Herger, Jr. 82%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 41%
Maurice Hinchey 9%
David Lee Hobson 69%
Pete Hoekstra 79%
Thomas Holden 42%
Rush Holt, Jr. 10%
Darlene Hooley 31%
John Nathan Hostettler 64%
Kenny Hulshof 66%
Duncan Hunter 88%
Kay Hutchison 68%
Henry Hyde 70%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 66%
Daniel Inouye 31%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 82%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 9%
William Jefferson 32%
James Merrill Jeffords 22%
William Lewis Jenkins 78%
Nancy Johnson 48%
Tim Johnson 49%
Timothy Johnson 26%
Paul Kanjorski 35%
Ric Keller 84%
Sue Kelly 56%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 3%
Mark Kennedy 72%
Patrick Kennedy 22%
Dale Kildee 28%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 13%
Jack Kingston 82%
Joseph Knollenberg 61%
Herb Kohl 21%
James Kolbe 56%
Dennis Kucinich 6%
John Kuhl, Jr. 64%
Jon Kyl 80%
Ray LaHood 54%
Mary Landrieu 42%
Tom Lantos 23%
Tom Latham 72%
Steve LaTourette 54%
Frank Lautenberg 11%
James Leach 39%
Carl Levin 15%
Jerry Lewis 67%
Ron Lewis 91%
Joe Lieberman 34%
Blanche Lincoln 31%

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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