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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2007 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 20.5%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 26.7%
Todd Akin 90%
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%
Brian Baird 36.2%
J. Gresham Barrett 92.3%
Roscoe Bartlett 64.7%
Max Baucus 42.7%
Evan Bayh 37.8%
Melissa Bean 48.5%
Bob Bennett 74%
Shelley Berkley 38.2%
Howard Berman 13.7%
Marion Berry 39.7%
Judy Biggert 59.8%
Brian Bilbray 79.3%
Jeff Bingaman 27.3%
Kit Bond 82.3%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 82.2%
Mary Bono Mack 61.8%
Dan Boren 56%
Leonard Boswell 38%
Rick Boucher 41.7%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 47.3%
Nancy Boyda 46.2%
Henry Brown, Jr. 79.3%
Ginny Brown-Waite 66.7%
Jim Bunning 89.8%
Dan Burton 81.8%
Steve Buyer 81.3%
Robert Byrd 35.7%
Chris Cannon 81.8%
Eric Cantor 87.8%
Dennis Cardoza 35.3%
Russ Carnahan 34.2%
Christopher Carney 50.3%
Mike Castle 53.8%
Ben Chandler III 44.7%
Hillary Clinton 17.2%
Norm Coleman 57.5%
Kent Conrad 42.7%
Jerry Costello 35.3%
Larry Craig 78.8%
Robert Cramer 51.3%
Artur Davis 38.7%
David Davis 82.7%
Geoff Davis 82.2%
Lincoln Davis 50.5%
Thomas Davis III 60.5%
Bill Delahunt 6.7%
James DeMint 93.8%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 61%
Norm Dicks 27.8%
Chris Dodd 23%
Elizabeth Dole 78.5%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 70.5%
John Doolittle 89%
Byron Dorgan 41%
Thelma Drake 85.3%
David Dreier 79.3%
Chet Edwards 46.3%
Vern Ehlers 58.3%
Brad Ellsworth 51.8%
Jo Ann Emerson 60.2%
Philip English 58.7%
John Ensign 84.5%
Bob Etheridge 41.7%
Terry Everett 77.5%
Tom Feeney 88%
Russ Feingold 14.5%
Michael Ferguson 65.5%
Bob Filner 8.5%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 70.3%
Barney Frank 10.3%
Elton Gallegly 86%
Gabrielle Giffords 43.2%
Wayne Gilchrest 51.7%
Charlie Gonzalez 37%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 79%
Bart Gordon 45.5%
Judd Gregg 69.8%
John Hall 33.3%
Phil Hare 32.7%
Jane Harman 22.3%
Robert Hayes 71.2%
Wally Herger, Jr. 77.8%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 46.3%
Baron Hill 49%
Maurice Hinchey 7.5%
David Lee Hobson 60.5%
Paul Hodes 24%
Pete Hoekstra 80%
Thomas Holden 46.8%
Darlene Hooley 26.7%
Kenny Hulshof 81.3%
Duncan Hunter 85.2%
Kay Hutchison 75.2%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 65.5%
Daniel Inouye 28.3%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 10.7%
William Jefferson 27%
Tim Johnson 57.5%
Steve Kagen 29.7%
Paul Kanjorski 42.7%
Ric Keller 72.3%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 23.8%
Patrick Kennedy 16.2%
Dale Kildee 32.8%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 18.2%
Ron Klein 40%
Joseph Knollenberg 65.8%
Herb Kohl 22.7%
Dennis Kucinich 33.7%
John Kuhl, Jr. 64.2%
Jon Kyl 82.5%
Ray LaHood 58%
Nicholas Lampson 53%
Steve LaTourette 58.2%
Frank Lautenberg 8.3%
Jerry Lewis 68.2%
Ron Lewis 87%
Joe Lieberman 42.5%
Blanche Lincoln 37.7%
John Linder 93.3%
Dick Lugar 58.2%
Dan Lungren 85.8%
Connie Mack IV 78.7%
Tim Mahoney 49.7%
Don Manzullo 69.7%
Jim Marshall 56.5%
Melquiades Martinez 68.2%
Thaddeus McCotter 74.3%
James McCrery III 77.8%
John McHugh 65.8%
Michael McNulty 28%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 23.5%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 52.2%
Brad Miller 21.7%
Harry Mitchell 46%
Alan Mollohan 43.3%
Dennis Moore 33.5%
Patrick Murphy 43.5%
Jack Murtha 38.8%
Marilyn Musgrave 89%
Sue Myrick 85.7%
Ben Nelson 53.3%
Jim Oberstar 32.3%
Dave Obey 19.7%
John Olver 9.3%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 41.5%
Ron Paul 60.2%
Donald Payne 11.3%
John Peterson 78.8%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 74%
Todd Platts 61.5%
Earl Pomeroy 38.7%
Jon Porter, Sr. 68.5%
Deborah Pryce 59.7%
George Radanovich 85.2%
James Ramstad 57.8%
Ralph Regula 64.2%
Denny Rehberg 76.5%
Richard Renzi 62.7%
Silvestre Reyes 38.2%
Thomas Reynolds 72.7%
Ciro Rodriguez 41%
Mike Ross 46.3%
Steve Rothman 20.5%
Ken Salazar 40.8%
William Sali 81.3%
Jim Saxton 67.3%
Jean Schmidt 81.7%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 37.3%
John Shadegg 93.3%
Christopher Shays 52.3%
Heath Shuler 50.3%
Ike Skelton 45.7%
Gordon Smith 52.8%
Olympia Snowe 52.2%
Vic Snyder 38.5%
Hilda Solis 8.3%
Mark Souder 81.7%
Zack Space 48.8%
Arlen Specter 54.5%
John Spratt, Jr. 36.3%
Pete Stark 24.8%
Cliff Stearns 77.2%
Ted Stevens 64%
Bart Stupak 41.7%
John Sullivan 83.7%
John Sununu 66%
Betty Sutton 21.5%
Tom Tancredo 84.5%
John Tanner 50.2%

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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