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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2006 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 61.2%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 73.7%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 64.3%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 90.5%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 70.8%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 76.7%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 86%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 40.5%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 75%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 56.7%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 51.2%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 3.8%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 18.2%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 86.3%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 23.5%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 24.3%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 14.7%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 3.5%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 7.7%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 4.5%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 40.8%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 5.3%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 10.2%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 13.3%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 4.5%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 83.5%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 12.3%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 83.7%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 23.2%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 18.8%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 89.3%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 12.5%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 8.7%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 73.2%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 19.7%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 72%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 8.8%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 80.5%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 25.7%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 73.7%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 21.8%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 26%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 12.2%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 41%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 11.7%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 5.3%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 32.8%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 39.7%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 93.2%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 84%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 25.3%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 21.3%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 21.5%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 65.3%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 60%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 82%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 88.2%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 89.5%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 89.5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 45.2%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 92.3%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 8.7%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 81.8%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 82.8%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 48.2%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 36.8%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 87.3%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 14.5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 77.3%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 8%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 80.2%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 77.7%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 83.7%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 72.8%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4.8%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 51.3%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 21.8%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 36%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 7.7%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 85.2%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 26.7%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 24.7%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 81.7%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 78.2%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 54.3%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 70.3%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 84.3%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 80.2%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 79.2%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 42.5%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 84.3%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 73.7%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 73%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 4.5%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 8.3%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 6.8%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 11.8%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 14.5%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 27.8%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 11.2%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 14.3%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 36.2%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 21.5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 17.3%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 16.5%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47.2%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 30.3%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 14.7%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 32%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 75.5%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 53.3%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 81%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 19.2%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 76.7%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 27.2%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 6.8%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 80.3%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 12.3%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 49%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 84%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 23.8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 24.8%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 84.3%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 64.3%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 88.5%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 33.3%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 14%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 22.5%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 72%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 14.3%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 70.2%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 30.8%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 46.5%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 24.2%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 85.2%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 79%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 42.8%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 88.7%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 73.5%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 82.7%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 17.3%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 52.7%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 49.2%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 57.2%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 13.3%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 18.8%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 61.5%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 10%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 14.3%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 84%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 21.8%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 25.5%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 16.5%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 66.2%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 27.5%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 26.2%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 27.5%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 9.5%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 5.8%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 23.7%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 7.3%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 25.7%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 10.8%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 19.3%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 13.5%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 8.7%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 30.8%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 28.5%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 66.5%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 80%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 31.5%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 72%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 68.3%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 27.2%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 89.3%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 78.8%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 85.3%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 78.7%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 14%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 68%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 13%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 23.8%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 26.8%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 13.3%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 51.2%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 86.8%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 25.2%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 24.5%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 53.3%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 77.3%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 72%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 8.7%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 29.7%

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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