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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2005 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Trent Lott, Sr. 88%
Dick Lugar 53%
Dan Lungren 84%
Connie Mack IV 68%
Don Manzullo 61%
Jim Marshall 49%
Melquiades Martinez 79%
Jim Matheson 46%
Carolyn McCarthy 33%
Thaddeus McCotter 61%
James McCrery III 77%
John McHugh 62%
Mike McIntyre 48%
Buck McKeon 80%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 2%
Michael McNulty 23%
Martin Meehan 10%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 30%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 45%
Mike Michaud 25%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 15%
Gary Miller 87%
George Miller 7%
Brad Miller 22%
Alan Mollohan 38%
Dennis Moore 38%
Jim Moran, Jr. 26%
Jack Murtha 38%
Marilyn Musgrave 91%
Sue Myrick 88%
Ben Nelson 50%
Robert William Ney 58%
Anne Northup 75%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 91%
James Nussle 78%
Jim Oberstar 18%
Dave Obey 19%
John Olver 4%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 42%
Thomas William Osborne 69%
Major Owens 6%
Michael Oxley 77%
Ed Pastor 14%
Ron Paul 40%
Donald Payne 3%
John Peterson 71%
Tom Petri 56%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 76%
Todd Platts 62%
Richard Pombo 74%
Earl Pomeroy 40%
Jon Porter, Sr. 66%
Deborah Pryce 69%
Mark Pryor 40%
George Radanovich 77%
Nick Rahall II 30%
James Ramstad 51%
Ralph Regula 65%
Denny Rehberg 76%
Richard Renzi 82%
Silvestre Reyes 39%
Thomas Reynolds 62%
Jay Rockefeller IV 20%
Mike Rogers 86%
Mike Ross 41%
Steve Rothman 27%
Jim Ryun 91%
Martin Olav Sabo 14%
John Salazar 41%
Ken Salazar 40%
Rick Santorum 70%
Paul Sarbanes 9%
Jim Saxton 57%
Allyson Schwartz 27%
John Schwarz 53%
John Shadegg 83%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 70%
Christopher Shays 46%
Donald Sherwood 64%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 49%
Ike Skelton 46%
Gordon Smith 50%
Olympia Snowe 47%
Vic Snyder 34%
Mike Sodrel 88%
Hilda Solis 5%
Mark Souder 82%
Arlen Specter 47%
John Spratt, Jr. 35%
Pete Stark 2%
Cliff Stearns 80%
Ted Stevens 71%
Ted Strickland 28%
Bart Stupak 32%
John Sullivan 92%
John Sununu 53%
John Sweeney 56%
James Talent 66%
Tom Tancredo 64%
John Tanner 44%
Ellen Tauscher 26%
Charles Taylor 80%
Gene Taylor 54%
Lee Terry 72%
Craig Thomas 81%
William Thomas 62%
Todd Tiahrt 92%
John Tierney 6%
Ed Towns 25%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 18%
Mark Udall 31%
George Voinovich 55%
James Walsh 62%
Zach Wamp 67%
John Warner 60%
Diane Watson 7%
Mel Watt 7%
Henry Waxman 11%
Anthony Weiner 13%
David Weldon 80%
W. Curtis Weldon 57%
Gerald Weller 65%
Robert Wexler 12%
Heather Wilson 50%
Frank Wolf 59%
Lynn Woolsey 6%
David Wu 30%
Albert Wynn 32%
Bill Young 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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