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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2006 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 14.5%
Gary Ackerman 18%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 76.7%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16.5%
Todd Akin 90.8%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 71.5%
Rodney Alexander 82%
Wayne Allard 86.2%
Thomas Allen 20%
Rob Andrews 24.8%
Joe Baca, Sr. 30.7%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 86%
Brian Baird 30.7%
Richard Hugh Baker 89.2%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 10.2%
J. Gresham Barrett 83.2%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 48.2%
Roscoe Bartlett 52.5%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 78.3%
Max Baucus 33.8%
Evan Bayh 26.7%
Melissa Bean 42.2%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 5%
Bob Bennett 64%
Shelley Berkley 28.7%
Howard Berman 14.2%
Marion Berry 39.7%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 22.5%
Judy Biggert 55.8%
Jeff Bingaman 14.5%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 82.7%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 45.2%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 16.5%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 92.3%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 13%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 84%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 80%
Kit Bond 78.5%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 81.7%
Mary Bono Mack 60.5%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 75%
Dan Boren 50.8%
Leonard Boswell 40%
Rick Boucher 37%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 73.7%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 5%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 43.7%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 78%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 26.8%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 25.3%
Henry Brown, Jr. 84.7%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 28.5%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 70.3%
Ginny Brown-Waite 75.2%
Jim Bunning 91.8%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 76.5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 70.2%
Dan Burton 87.2%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 30.8%
Steve Buyer 86.7%
Robert Byrd 29.5%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 72%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 75.5%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 80.5%
Chris Cannon 83.7%
Eric Cantor 82.5%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 20.3%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 67.8%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 12.3%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 14.5%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 14.3%
Dennis Cardoza 40.3%
Russ Carnahan 25.7%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 32.8%
Julia Carson 8.7%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 80.5%
Mike Castle 51%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 66.5%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 88.2%
Ben Chandler III 40.7%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 23.8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 24.8%
Hillary Clinton 29.8%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 23.5%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 79%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 78.8%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 64.3%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 78.7%
Norm Coleman 53.8%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47.2%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 90%
Kent Conrad 34.7%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 6.8%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 36.3%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 90.8%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 40.8%
Jerry Costello 32.2%
Larry Craig 81.7%
Robert Cramer 48.3%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 83.7%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 84%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 25.7%
Barbara Cubin 85.2%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 49%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 87.2%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 17.3%
Artur Davis 40%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 13%
Geoff Davis 76.7%
Jo Ann Davis 78%
Lincoln Davis 47.2%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 21.8%
Thomas Davis III 59.5%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 87.3%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 23.8%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 12.2%
Bill Delahunt 20.7%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 5.3%
James DeMint 92.5%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 53.3%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 70%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 65.3%
Norm Dicks 30.7%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 27.2%
Chris Dodd 16%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 9.2%
Elizabeth Dole 80.7%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 75.3%
John Doolittle 89.8%
Byron Dorgan 25.7%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 24.5%
Thelma Drake 79.2%
David Dreier 73%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 58.2%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4.8%
Chet Edwards 45.7%
Vern Ehlers 50%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 26.7%
Jo Ann Emerson 62.3%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 19.3%
Philip English 58.5%
John Ensign 70.8%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 89.5%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 10.2%
Bob Etheridge 39%
Terry Everett 79%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 4.5%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 13.3%
Tom Feeney 69.3%
Russ Feingold 15.5%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 23.5%
Michael Ferguson 52.8%
Bob Filner 11.8%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 51.2%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 71.2%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 73.5%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 63.2%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 85.2%
Barney Frank 11.2%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 86.3%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 61.5%
Elton Gallegly 80.7%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 57.2%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 51.2%
Wayne Gilchrest 47%
Paul Gillmor 71.2%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 82.8%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 77.7%
Charlie Gonzalez 31.2%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 72%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 94%
Bart Gordon 40.7%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 70.8%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 79.5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 77.3%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 84.3%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 26.7%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 36.8%
Judd Gregg 71.2%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 3.8%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 7.7%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 72%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 72.7%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 8%
Jane Harman 23.3%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 21.3%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 83%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 73%
Robert Hayes 77.5%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 83.2%
Wally Herger, Jr. 93.5%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 40.8%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 30.8%
Maurice Hinchey 14.3%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 37.8%
David Lee Hobson 67%
Pete Hoekstra 82.8%
Thomas Holden 40.5%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 5.3%

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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