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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2007 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 85.3%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 64.7%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 78%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 73.3%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 72.5%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 29%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 32%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 39.8%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 30.2%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 87.5%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 12.7%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 77.2%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 84.5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 16.2%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 53%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 80.3%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 65.3%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 86.5%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 15.5%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 19.8%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 12%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 52.8%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 17.2%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 22.7%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 42.7%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 83.8%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 76.7%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 81.8%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 38.3%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92.2%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 7.2%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 20.2%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Dean Heller Republican 78.5%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 17%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 41.3%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 23.7%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 86.7%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 23.2%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 28.8%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 16.5%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 5.7%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 77.3%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 82.7%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 74.5%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 75.8%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 91.2%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 66.5%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 9.8%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 6.3%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 15.5%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 19.5%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 5%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 61.8%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 90.8%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 64.2%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 81%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 73.2%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 10.8%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 93.3%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 24.2%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 29.8%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 15.7%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 40.5%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 22.3%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 85.2%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 80.8%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 27.8%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 21.7%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 9.2%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 85.2%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 7.8%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 79.8%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 15.7%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 73.7%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 81.2%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 30.5%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 11.7%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 93.3%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 32.5%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 19.2%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 26.8%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15.5%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 79.7%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 27.8%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 74.5%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 10.8%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 22.7%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 60.5%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 59.5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 38.3%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 7.7%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 16.7%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 29.5%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 18%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 91.2%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 66.8%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 17.2%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 45.3%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 10.7%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 83.2%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 17.5%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 5%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 77%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 29.2%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 30.3%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 83%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 12.7%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 5%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 20.8%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 27.7%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 36.8%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 14.7%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 20.8%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 22.5%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 58.7%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 79.3%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 32.2%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 5%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic 35.7%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 13.8%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 6.8%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 48.2%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 15.8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 18%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 78.8%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 20.3%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 32.8%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 58%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 9.3%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 92.3%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 89.7%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 75.7%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 86.5%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 21.5%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 59.7%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 55.5%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 11.3%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 19.7%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 16.5%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 57.7%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 80%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 72.2%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 16.7%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 10.3%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 11.3%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 22%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 16.7%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 10.3%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 7.7%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 32%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 82.5%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 88.3%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 29.8%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 68.2%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 74.7%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 29.7%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 81%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 85.2%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 63.5%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 16.3%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 32.5%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 83%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 24.8%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 57%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 62.7%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 18.8%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 90.7%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 19%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 69.3%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 45.3%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 92%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 24%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 88.8%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 79.5%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 91.8%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 85.5%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 85.3%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 77.7%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 12.8%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 82.2%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 92.8%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 71.5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 91.7%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 18.2%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 80.5%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 83.5%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 79.5%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 49.5%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 43.5%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 22.3%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 89.5%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 84.7%

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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