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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2007 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 22.8%
Gary Ackerman 20.5%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 73.2%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 26.7%
Todd Akin 90%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 74.5%
Rodney Alexander 77.7%
Wayne Allard 92.5%
Thomas Allen 23.2%
Jason Altmire 48.7%
Rob Andrews 23.8%
Michael Arcuri 30.8%
Joe Baca, Sr. 23.3%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 89.2%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 82.3%
Brian Baird 36.2%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 5%
J. Gresham Barrett 92.3%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 54.2%
Roscoe Bartlett 64.7%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 85.5%
Max Baucus 42.7%
Evan Bayh 37.8%
Melissa Bean 48.5%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 10.7%
Bob Bennett 74%
Shelley Berkley 38.2%
Howard Berman 13.7%
Marion Berry 39.7%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 5.8%
Judy Biggert 59.8%
Brian Bilbray 79.3%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 79.7%
Jeff Bingaman 27.3%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 81%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 38.3%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 17.5%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 92%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 16.3%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 83.8%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 93.3%
Kit Bond 82.3%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 82.2%
Mary Bono Mack 61.8%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 73.3%
Dan Boren 56%
Leonard Boswell 38%
Rick Boucher 41.7%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 84.2%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 10.2%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 47.3%
Nancy Boyda 46.2%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 77.7%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 16%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 29.3%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 32.3%
Henry Brown, Jr. 79.3%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 23.7%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 76.5%
Ginny Brown-Waite 66.7%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 74.5%
Jim Bunning 89.8%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 79.5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92.2%
Dan Burton 81.8%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 32.8%
Steve Buyer 81.3%
Robert Byrd 35.7%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 79.8%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 78.7%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 80%
Chris Cannon 81.8%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 87.8%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 19.5%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 61.8%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 6%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 20.8%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 19.8%
Dennis Cardoza 35.3%
Russ Carnahan 34.2%
Christopher Carney 50.3%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 39.8%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 89.5%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 28.8%
Mike Castle 53.8%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 27.8%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 82.5%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 83.5%
Ben Chandler III 44.7%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 11.3%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 15.8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 18%
Hillary Clinton 17.2%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 19%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 72.2%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 85%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 76.7%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 24%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 85.2%
Norm Coleman 57.5%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 52.8%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 92.8%
Kent Conrad 42.7%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 5%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 45.3%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 75.8%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 91.2%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 40.5%
Jerry Costello 35.3%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 26.8%
Larry Craig 78.8%
Robert Cramer 51.3%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 84.5%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 80.3%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 12%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 49.5%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 85.3%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 22.5%
Artur Davis 38.7%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 17.5%
David Davis 82.7%
Geoff Davis 82.2%
Lincoln Davis 50.5%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 30.5%
Thomas Davis III 60.5%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 92%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 32.5%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 11.7%
Bill Delahunt 6.7%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15.5%
James DeMint 93.8%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 57%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 61%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 60.5%
Norm Dicks 27.8%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 26.5%
Chris Dodd 23%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 25.5%
Elizabeth Dole 78.5%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 70.5%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 53%
John Doolittle 89%
Byron Dorgan 41%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 24.8%
Thelma Drake 85.3%
David Dreier 79.3%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 69.3%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 16.2%
Chet Edwards 46.3%
Vern Ehlers 58.3%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 6.8%
Brad Ellsworth 51.8%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 27.7%
Jo Ann Emerson 60.2%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 16.7%
Philip English 58.7%
John Ensign 84.5%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 90.8%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 22.3%
Bob Etheridge 41.7%
Terry Everett 77.5%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 86.5%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 7.3%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 17.8%
Tom Feeney 88%
Russ Feingold 14.5%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 29%
Michael Ferguson 65.5%
Bob Filner 8.5%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 72.5%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 80.2%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 75.7%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 70.3%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 92.3%
Barney Frank 10.3%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 93.3%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 57.7%
Elton Gallegly 86%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 85.3%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 60.7%
Gabrielle Giffords 43.2%
Wayne Gilchrest 51.7%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 41.3%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 93.3%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 88.8%
Charlie Gonzalez 37%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 79%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 85.3%
Bart Gordon 45.5%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 77.3%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 71.5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 77.2%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 78.8%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 12.8%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 43.5%
Judd Gregg 69.8%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 10.8%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 10.7%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 61.3%
John Hall 33.3%

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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