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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 57.8%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 63.3%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 67.5%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 77%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 71.3%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 73.7%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 79.2%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 43.2%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 75.7%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 6.8%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 12%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 97.3%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 90.2%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 26.2%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 15.2%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 44.8%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 6.8%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 16.5%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 6.8%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 47.2%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 9.3%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 15.8%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 14.7%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 14.3%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 82.7%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 74.2%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 13.3%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 80.7%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 22.7%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 25.8%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 84.7%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 6.8%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 16.3%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 6.8%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 23.8%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 88.7%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 81.3%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 86.2%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 15.2%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 19%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 9.8%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 23.8%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 96.3%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 40.3%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 46.2%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 43.2%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 10.8%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 18.5%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15.2%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 37.7%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 37.8%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 96.3%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 24.5%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 84.8%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 69%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 15.3%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 62%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 13.5%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 14.7%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 58.7%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 54.7%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 20.7%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 84.3%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 81.7%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 32%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 90.7%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 16.7%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 18%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 95.5%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 97.3%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 94.7%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 51.8%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 22.7%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 83.7%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 78.3%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 85.8%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 12%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 18%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 18%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 18%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 69.5%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 95.8%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 82.3%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 23.5%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 70.2%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 82.7%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 30.8%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 21.7%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 70.5%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 15.7%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 23.8%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 44.5%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 74.3%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 14.3%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 57.8%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 26.7%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 15%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 19.3%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 51.8%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 92.7%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 70.2%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 67.8%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 76%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 72.8%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 23.7%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 76.5%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 85.3%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 87.3%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 73.2%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 49.3%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 90%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 9.3%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 9.3%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 15.2%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 6.8%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 23.5%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 26%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 10%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 33.2%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 25%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 25.8%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 15%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 13.8%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 27.3%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 14.3%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 27%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 51%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 76.2%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 79.5%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 74%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 14.7%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 63.8%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 17.5%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 14.7%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 19.8%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 16.8%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 39.5%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 89.3%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 6.8%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9.3%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 89.7%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 48%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 35%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 15.8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 11%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 70.5%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 48.2%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 92%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 17.5%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 65.7%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 78.7%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 37%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 15.2%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 59.8%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 25.8%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 21.7%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 65%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 12.5%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 96.3%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 79.3%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 47.3%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 91.2%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88.2%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 61.2%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 70.3%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 91.8%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 31.3%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 60%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 52.7%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 83.8%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 25.2%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 21.8%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 19.5%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 68%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 21.5%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 17.8%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 82.2%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 32.7%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 22.7%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 72%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 22.8%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 60.3%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 29.3%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 28.2%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 21.2%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 6.8%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 14.7%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 23.7%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 10.8%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 27.7%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 16.5%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 29.3%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 25.2%

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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