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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 18%
Gary Ackerman 19.5%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 77%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 13.2%
Todd Akin 96.8%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 78.5%
Rodney Alexander 72.2%
Wayne Allard 91.3%
Thomas Allen 33.3%
Jason Altmire 50%
Michael Arcuri 42.2%
Joe Baca, Sr. 35.3%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 89.7%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 71.3%
Brian Baird 39.5%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 9.3%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 93.2%
J. Gresham Barrett 97%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 51.8%
Roscoe Bartlett 69.2%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 88.3%
Max Baucus 31.7%
Evan Bayh 52.7%
Melissa Bean 50.5%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 12%
Bob Bennett 65.8%
Shelley Berkley 40.7%
Howard Berman 23.8%
Marion Berry 40.5%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 15.2%
Judy Biggert 64.2%
Brian Bilbray 78%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 69%
Jeff Bingaman 11.8%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 90.3%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 32%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 22.8%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 86%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 11.3%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 92%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 93.7%
Kit Bond 85.3%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 82%
Mary Bono Mack 64.7%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 75.7%
Dan Boren 52.8%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Rick Boucher 45.2%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 73.2%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 9.8%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 45.7%
Nancy Boyda 43%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 86.8%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 6.8%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 18%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 97.3%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 24.5%
Henry Brown, Jr. 70.2%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 24.2%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 76%
Ginny Brown-Waite 70.8%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 62%
Jim Bunning 90.3%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 83%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88.2%
Dan Burton 87.7%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 21.7%
Steve Buyer 70.5%
Robert Byrd 22.3%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 83%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 76.2%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 88.7%
Chris Cannon 93.7%
Eric Cantor 85%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 19%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 60.8%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 13.3%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 23.5%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 14.3%
Dennis Cardoza 41.2%
Russ Carnahan 25%
Christopher Carney 49.7%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 37.8%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 19.3%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 88.2%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 20.7%
Mike Castle 54.7%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 15.3%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 51.7%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 67.7%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 83.7%
Ben Chandler III 45%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 14.7%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 15.8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 11%
Hillary Clinton 17.8%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20.8%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 79.3%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 92%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 65.7%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 23.2%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 78.8%
Norm Coleman 61%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 51%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 91%
Kent Conrad 35.3%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 14.7%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 46.8%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 77.8%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 83.5%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 47.2%
Jerry Costello 30.8%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 18.5%
Larry Craig 79.7%
Robert Cramer 43.5%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 82.7%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 27.7%
Barbara Cubin 88.7%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 48%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 89.2%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 15%
Artur Davis 45%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 15.7%
David Davis 82.2%
Geoff Davis 86.8%
Lincoln Davis 48.3%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 15.2%
Thomas Davis III 64.8%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 85.8%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 34.5%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 23.8%
Bill Delahunt 10.5%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15.2%
James DeMint 92.3%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 59.8%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 58.2%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 58.7%
Norm Dicks 32.2%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 17.5%
Chris Dodd 17.2%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 22.3%
Elizabeth Dole 60.8%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 66.2%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 51.8%
John Doolittle 88.7%
Byron Dorgan 31.7%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 11.2%
Thelma Drake 74.5%
David Dreier 68.5%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 69.5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 14.3%
Chet Edwards 42.3%
Vern Ehlers 59.8%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9.3%
Brad Ellsworth 52.2%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 26.7%
Jo Ann Emerson 58.7%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 29.3%
Philip English 59.5%
John Ensign 93.2%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 93.2%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 15.8%
Bob Etheridge 29.8%
Terry Everett 88.2%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 77.2%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 14.3%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 14%
Tom Feeney 83.8%
Russ Feingold 35%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 19%
Michael Ferguson 63.8%
Bob Filner 29.8%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 90.2%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 80.3%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 61.2%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 73.3%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 44.5%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 96.3%
Barney Frank 9.3%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 97.3%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 68%
Elton Gallegly 74.7%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 83.8%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 58%
Gabrielle Giffords 47.7%
Wayne Gilchrest 49.5%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 94.7%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 81.7%
Charlie Gonzalez 31%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 77.3%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 84%
Bart Gordon 39%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 84.5%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 81.8%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 82.3%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 70.5%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 20.7%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 48.3%
Judd Gregg 79%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 6.8%

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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