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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2006 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 14.5%
Gary Ackerman 18%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16.5%
Todd Akin 90.8%
Rodney Alexander 82%
Wayne Allard 86.2%
Thomas Allen 20%
Rob Andrews 24.8%
Joe Baca, Sr. 30.7%
Spencer Bachus 86%
Brian Baird 30.7%
Richard Hugh Baker 89.2%
J. Gresham Barrett 83.2%
John Barrow 48.2%
Roscoe Bartlett 52.5%
Max Baucus 33.8%
Evan Bayh 26.7%
Melissa Bean 42.2%
Bob Bennett 64%
Shelley Berkley 28.7%
Howard Berman 14.2%
Marion Berry 39.7%
Judy Biggert 55.8%
Jeff Bingaman 14.5%
Tim Bishop 16.5%
John Boehner 80%
Kit Bond 78.5%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 81.7%
Mary Bono Mack 60.5%
Dan Boren 50.8%
Leonard Boswell 40%
Rick Boucher 37%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 43.7%
Henry Brown, Jr. 84.7%
Ginny Brown-Waite 75.2%
Jim Bunning 91.8%
Dan Burton 87.2%
Steve Buyer 86.7%
Robert Byrd 29.5%
Dave Camp 75.5%
John Campbell III 80.5%
Chris Cannon 83.7%
Eric Cantor 82.5%
Dennis Cardoza 40.3%
Russ Carnahan 25.7%
Julia Carson 8.7%
Mike Castle 51%
Saxby Chambliss 88.2%
Ben Chandler III 40.7%
Hillary Clinton 29.8%
Howard Coble 79%
Thomas Coburn 78.8%
Norm Coleman 53.8%
Kent Conrad 34.7%
Jerry Costello 32.2%
Larry Craig 81.7%
Robert Cramer 48.3%
Barbara Cubin 85.2%
Artur Davis 40%
Geoff Davis 76.7%
Jo Ann Davis 78%
Lincoln Davis 47.2%
Thomas Davis III 59.5%
Bill Delahunt 20.7%
James DeMint 92.5%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 70%
Norm Dicks 30.7%
John Dingell 27.2%
Chris Dodd 16%
Elizabeth Dole 80.7%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 75.3%
John Doolittle 89.8%
Byron Dorgan 25.7%
Thelma Drake 79.2%
David Dreier 73%
Chet Edwards 45.7%
Vern Ehlers 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 62.3%
Philip English 58.5%
John Ensign 70.8%
Bob Etheridge 39%
Terry Everett 79%
Tom Feeney 69.3%
Russ Feingold 15.5%
Michael Ferguson 52.8%
Bob Filner 11.8%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 63.2%
Barney Frank 11.2%
Elton Gallegly 80.7%
Jim Gerlach 51.2%
Wayne Gilchrest 47%
Paul Gillmor 71.2%
Phil Gingrey 82.8%
Charlie Gonzalez 31.2%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 72%
Bart Gordon 40.7%
Judd Gregg 71.2%
Charles Hagel 72%
Ralph Hall 72.7%
Tom Harkin 8%
Jane Harman 23.3%
Doc Hastings 83%
Robert Hayes 77.5%
Wally Herger, Jr. 93.5%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 40.8%
Maurice Hinchey 14.3%
David Lee Hobson 67%
Pete Hoekstra 82.8%
Thomas Holden 40.5%
Rush Holt, Jr. 10%
Darlene Hooley 28.8%
Kenny Hulshof 63.2%
Duncan Hunter 84%
Kay Hutchison 66.3%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 58%
Daniel Inouye 28.2%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 9.8%
William Jefferson 30.3%
Bobby Jindal 73%
Tim Johnson 54.2%
Timothy Johnson 30.8%
Paul Kanjorski 36.5%
Ric Keller 78%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 6.3%
Patrick Kennedy 18.7%
Dale Kildee 21.3%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 11.7%
Jack Kingston 89.5%
Joseph Knollenberg 76.5%
Herb Kohl 29%
Dennis Kucinich 13%
John Kuhl, Jr. 66.7%
Jon Kyl 90.8%
Ray LaHood 59.2%
Mary Landrieu 42.5%
Tom Lantos 13.8%
Tom Latham 80.2%
Steve LaTourette 52.8%
Frank Lautenberg 15.7%
Carl Levin 14.7%
Jerry Lewis 70.3%
Ron Lewis 87.3%
Joe Lieberman 32.5%
Blanche Lincoln 37.7%
John Linder 89.8%
Trent Lott, Sr. 73.3%
Dick Lugar 54.3%
Dan Lungren 70.5%
Connie Mack IV 64.8%
Don Manzullo 84.7%
Jim Marshall 50%
Melquiades Martinez 73.2%
Jim Matheson 46.7%
Carolyn McCarthy 26.2%
Thaddeus McCotter 63.3%
James McCrery III 84.5%
John McHugh 60.8%
Mike McIntyre 42.8%
Buck McKeon 83.7%
Michael McNulty 18.3%
Martin Meehan 13.2%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 32.5%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 47.8%
Mike Michaud 30.3%
Gary Miller 89.3%
George Miller 3.5%
Brad Miller 30.5%
Alan Mollohan 39.8%
Dennis Moore 35.2%
Jim Moran, Jr. 23.7%
Jack Murtha 40%
Marilyn Musgrave 86.7%
Sue Myrick 89.2%
Ben Nelson 54.7%
Jim Oberstar 21.7%
Dave Obey 19%
John Olver 5.2%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 40.7%
Ed Pastor 18.2%
Ron Paul 39%
Donald Payne 6.3%
John Peterson 79.2%
Tom Petri 57%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 74.2%
Todd Platts 54.7%
Earl Pomeroy 37%
Jon Porter, Sr. 60.5%
Deborah Pryce 65.7%
Mark Pryor 40.5%
Adam Putnam 82%
George Radanovich 84.2%
Nick Rahall II 37.2%
James Ramstad 47.7%
Ralph Regula 66.7%
Denny Rehberg 86.2%
Richard Renzi 61.7%
Silvestre Reyes 35%
Thomas Reynolds 66.8%
Mike Rogers 81%
Mike Ross 42.2%

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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