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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2007 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
James DeMint 93.8%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 93.3%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 93.3%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 93.3%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 93.3%
John Linder 93.3%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 93.3%
John Shadegg 93.3%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 93.3%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 92.8%
Wayne Allard 92.5%
J. Gresham Barrett 92.3%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 92.3%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92.2%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 92%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 91.8%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 91.7%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 91.7%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 91.7%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 91.2%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 91.2%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 91%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 90.8%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 90.7%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 90.7%
Todd Akin 90%
Jim Bunning 89.8%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 89.7%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 89.5%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 89.2%
John Doolittle 89%
Marilyn Musgrave 89%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 88.8%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 88.3%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 88.2%
Tom Feeney 88%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 87.8%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 87.8%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 87.7%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 87.5%
Ron Lewis 87%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 86.7%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 86.5%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 86.5%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 86.5%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 86.2%
Elton Gallegly 86%
Dan Lungren 85.8%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 85.8%
Sue Myrick 85.7%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 85.5%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 85.3%
Thelma Drake 85.3%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 85.3%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 85.3%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 85.3%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 85.2%
Duncan Hunter 85.2%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 85.2%
George Radanovich 85.2%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 85.2%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 85%
David Weldon 84.8%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 84.7%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 84.5%
John Ensign 84.5%
Tom Tancredo 84.5%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 84.5%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 84.2%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 83.8%
John Sullivan 83.7%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 83.5%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 83.5%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 83.3%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 83.2%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 83%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 83%
David Davis 82.7%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 82.7%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 82.5%
Jon Kyl 82.5%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 82.3%
Kit Bond 82.3%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 82.2%
Geoff Davis 82.2%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 82.2%
Dan Burton 81.8%
Chris Cannon 81.8%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 81.8%
Jean Schmidt 81.7%
Mark Souder 81.7%
Steve Buyer 81.3%
Kenny Hulshof 81.3%
William Sali 81.3%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 81.2%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 81%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 81%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 81%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 80.8%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 80.8%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 80.5%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 80.3%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 80.3%
Todd Tiahrt 80.3%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 80.2%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 80%
Pete Hoekstra 80%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 79.8%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 79.7%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 79.7%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 79.5%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 79.5%
Zach Wamp 79.5%
Brian Bilbray 79.3%
Henry Brown, Jr. 79.3%
David Dreier 79.3%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 79.3%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 79%
Larry Craig 78.8%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 78.8%
John Peterson 78.8%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 78.8%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 78.7%
Connie Mack IV 78.7%
Elizabeth Dole 78.5%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 78.5%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 78%
Wally Herger, Jr. 77.8%
James McCrery III 77.8%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 77.8%
Rodney Alexander 77.7%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 77.7%
Terry Everett 77.5%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 77.5%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 77.3%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 77.2%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 77.2%
Cliff Stearns 77.2%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 77%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 76.7%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 76.5%
Denny Rehberg 76.5%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 76.2%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 75.8%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 75.7%
Kay Hutchison 75.2%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 74.7%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 74.5%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 74.5%
Thaddeus McCotter 74.3%
Bob Bennett 74%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 74%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 74%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 73.7%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 73.3%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 73.2%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 73.2%
Thomas Reynolds 72.7%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 72.5%
Ric Keller 72.3%
Gerald Weller 72.3%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 72.2%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 72.2%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 71.5%
Robert Hayes 71.2%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 70.5%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 70.3%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 70%
Judd Gregg 69.8%
Don Manzullo 69.7%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 69.5%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 69.3%
Bill Young 69%
Jon Porter, Sr. 68.5%
Heather Wilson 68.3%
Jerry Lewis 68.2%
Melquiades Martinez 68.2%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 68.2%
Jim Saxton 67.3%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 66.8%
Ginny Brown-Waite 66.7%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 66.5%
John Sununu 66%
Joseph Knollenberg 65.8%
John McHugh 65.8%
Michael Ferguson 65.5%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 65.5%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 65.3%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 65%
Roscoe Bartlett 64.7%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 64.7%
John Kuhl, Jr. 64.2%
Ralph Regula 64.2%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 64.2%
Ted Stevens 64%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 63.7%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 63.5%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 63.3%

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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