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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2006 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 94%
Wally Herger, Jr. 93.5%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 93.2%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 92.8%
James DeMint 92.5%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 92.3%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 92.3%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 92%
Jim Bunning 91.8%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 91.3%
Todd Akin 90.8%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 90.8%
Jon Kyl 90.8%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 90.7%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 90.5%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 90%
John Doolittle 89.8%
John Linder 89.8%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 89.5%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 89.5%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 89.5%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 89.3%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 89.3%
Richard Hugh Baker 89.2%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 89.2%
Sue Myrick 89.2%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 88.7%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 88.5%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 88.2%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 88%
John Sullivan 87.7%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 87.3%
Ron Lewis 87.3%
Dan Burton 87.2%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 87.2%
Jean Schmidt 86.8%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 86.8%
Steve Buyer 86.7%
Marilyn Musgrave 86.7%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 86.3%
Wayne Allard 86.2%
Denny Rehberg 86.2%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 86%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 85.3%
Barbara Cubin 85.2%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 85.2%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 85.2%
Henry Brown, Jr. 84.7%
Don Manzullo 84.7%
James McCrery III 84.5%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 84.3%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 84.3%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 84.3%
George Radanovich 84.2%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 84%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 84%
Duncan Hunter 84%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 84%
David Weldon 83.8%
Chris Cannon 83.7%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 83.7%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 83.7%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 83.5%
J. Gresham Barrett 83.2%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 83.2%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 83%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 83%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 82.8%
Pete Hoekstra 82.8%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 82.7%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 82.7%
Eric Cantor 82.5%
Rodney Alexander 82%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 82%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 81.8%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 81.7%
Larry Craig 81.7%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 81.7%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 81%
Elizabeth Dole 80.7%
Elton Gallegly 80.7%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 80.5%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 80.5%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 80.3%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 80.3%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 80.2%
Zach Wamp 80.2%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 80.2%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 79.5%
Thelma Drake 79.2%
John Peterson 79.2%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 79.2%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 79%
Terry Everett 79%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 78.8%
Mark Souder 78.8%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 78.7%
Kit Bond 78.5%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 78.3%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 78.2%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 78%
Jo Ann Davis 78%
Ric Keller 78%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 77.7%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 77.7%
Robert Hayes 77.5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 77.3%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 77.3%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 76.7%
Geoff Davis 76.7%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 76.7%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 76.5%
Joseph Knollenberg 76.5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 76.3%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 75.5%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 75.3%
Ginny Brown-Waite 75.2%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 75%
Todd Tiahrt 74.3%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 74.2%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 73.7%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 73.7%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 73.7%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 73.5%
Trent Lott, Sr. 73.3%
Tom Tancredo 73.3%
Melquiades Martinez 73.2%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 73.2%
Cliff Stearns 73.2%
Bill Young 73.2%
David Dreier 73%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 73%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 73%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 72.8%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 72.7%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 72%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 72%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 72%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 72%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 72%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 71.5%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 71.2%
Paul Gillmor 71.2%
Judd Gregg 71.2%
John Ensign 70.8%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 70.8%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 70.8%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 70.8%
Dan Lungren 70.5%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 70.3%
Jerry Lewis 70.3%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 70.2%
John Shadegg 70.2%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 70%
Tom Feeney 69.3%
John Sununu 69.2%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 68.3%
Gerald Weller 68.2%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 68%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 67.8%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 67.2%
David Lee Hobson 67%
Thomas Reynolds 66.8%
John Kuhl, Jr. 66.7%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 66.7%
Ralph Regula 66.7%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 66.5%
Kay Hutchison 66.3%
Jim Saxton 66.3%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 66.2%
Deborah Pryce 65.7%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 65.3%
Connie Mack IV 64.8%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 64.3%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 64.3%
Bob Bennett 64%
Ted Stevens 64%
Thaddeus McCotter 63.3%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 63.2%
Kenny Hulshof 63.2%
Jo Ann Emerson 62.3%
Richard Renzi 61.7%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 61.5%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 61.2%
John McHugh 60.8%
Mary Bono Mack 60.5%
Jon Porter, Sr. 60.5%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 60.5%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 60%
Thomas Davis III 59.5%
Ray LaHood 59.2%
George Voinovich 59%
Philip English 58.5%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 58.2%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 58%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 57.2%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 57%

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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