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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2005 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 3%
Mark Kennedy 72%
Patrick Kennedy 22%
Dale Kildee 28%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 13%
Joseph Knollenberg 61%
Herb Kohl 21%
James Kolbe 56%
Dennis Kucinich 6%
John Kuhl, Jr. 64%
Jon Kyl 80%
Ray LaHood 54%
Tom Lantos 23%
Steve LaTourette 54%
Frank Lautenberg 11%
James Leach 39%
Jerry Lewis 67%
Ron Lewis 91%
Joe Lieberman 34%
Blanche Lincoln 31%
John Linder 90%
Trent Lott, Sr. 88%
Dick Lugar 53%
Dan Lungren 84%
Connie Mack IV 68%
Don Manzullo 61%
Jim Marshall 49%
Melquiades Martinez 79%
Thaddeus McCotter 61%
James McCrery III 77%
John McHugh 62%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 2%
Michael McNulty 23%
Martin Meehan 10%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 30%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 45%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 15%
Brad Miller 22%
Alan Mollohan 38%
Dennis Moore 38%
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%
Ron Paul 40%
Donald Payne 3%
John Peterson 71%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 76%
Todd Platts 62%
Richard Pombo 74%
Earl Pomeroy 40%
Jon Porter, Sr. 66%
Deborah Pryce 69%
George Radanovich 77%
James Ramstad 51%
Ralph Regula 65%
Denny Rehberg 76%
Richard Renzi 82%
Silvestre Reyes 39%
Thomas Reynolds 62%
Mike Ross 41%
Steve Rothman 27%
Jim Ryun 91%
Martin Olav Sabo 14%
Ken Salazar 40%
Rick Santorum 70%
Paul Sarbanes 9%
Jim Saxton 57%
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%
Craig Thomas 81%
William Thomas 62%
Todd Tiahrt 92%
Ed Towns 25%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 18%
George Voinovich 55%
James Walsh 62%
Zach Wamp 67%
John Warner 60%
Diane Watson 7%
Mel Watt 7%
Anthony Weiner 13%
David Weldon 80%
W. Curtis Weldon 57%
Gerald Weller 65%
Robert Wexler 12%
Heather Wilson 50%
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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