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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2007 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 4.5%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 5.8%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 64.7%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 78%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 85.8%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 45%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 73.3%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 72.5%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 29%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 10.2%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 39.8%
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 Saxby Chambliss Republican 83.5%
GA U.S. Senate Jr 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%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 14.8%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 84.5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 16.2%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 54.5%
IN U.S. Senate Jr 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%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 46.8%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 84.5%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 15.5%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 23%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 19.8%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 52.8%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 23.5%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 17.2%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 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 Harry Reid Democratic 10.8%
NV U.S. Senate Jr 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%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 85%
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 Jr 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 Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 31.3%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 90.8%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 64.2%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 81%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 73.2%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 82.3%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 10.8%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 24.7%
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 11 George Miller Democratic 19.7%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 15.7%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 40.5%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 22.3%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 7.3%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 85.2%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 80.8%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 86.2%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 27.8%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 21.7%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 87.8%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 9.2%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 15.5%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 10.7%
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 45 John Campbell III Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 22.2%
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 1 Jeff Miller Republican 77.5%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 80.3%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 32.3%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 91.7%
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 1 Jack Kingston Republican 76.2%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 38.3%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 93.3%
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 6 Tom Price Republican 91.7%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 93.3%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 54.2%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 29.5%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 29.3%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 18%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 74%
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 Gutierrez 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 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 70%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 30.3%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 83%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 84.2%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 12.7%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 5%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 11.7%
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%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 12%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 31.2%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 78.7%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 58.7%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 79.3%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 77.8%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 32.2%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 63.3%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 26.5%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 5%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 35.7%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 90.7%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13.8%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 6.8%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 89.2%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 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 6 Howard Coble Republican 72.2%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 50.5%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 89.7%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 75.7%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 80.8%
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 5 Scott Garrett Republican 85.3%
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%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 10.3%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 80%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 17.5%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 72.2%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 27.2%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 25.7%

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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