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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 19.5%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 13.2%
Todd Akin 96.8%
Rodney Alexander 72.2%
Wayne Allard 91.3%
Thomas Allen 33.3%
Jason Altmire 50%
Michael Arcuri 42.2%
Joe Baca, Sr. 35.3%
Brian Baird 39.5%
J. Gresham Barrett 97%
Roscoe Bartlett 69.2%
Max Baucus 31.7%
Evan Bayh 52.7%
Melissa Bean 50.5%
Bob Bennett 65.8%
Shelley Berkley 40.7%
Howard Berman 23.8%
Marion Berry 40.5%
Judy Biggert 64.2%
Brian Bilbray 78%
Jeff Bingaman 11.8%
Kit Bond 85.3%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 82%
Mary Bono Mack 64.7%
Dan Boren 52.8%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Rick Boucher 45.2%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 45.7%
Nancy Boyda 43%
Henry Brown, Jr. 70.2%
Ginny Brown-Waite 70.8%
Jim Bunning 90.3%
Dan Burton 87.7%
Steve Buyer 70.5%
Robert Byrd 22.3%
Chris Cannon 93.7%
Eric Cantor 85%
Dennis Cardoza 41.2%
Russ Carnahan 25%
Christopher Carney 49.7%
Mike Castle 54.7%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 51.7%
Ben Chandler III 45%
Hillary Clinton 17.8%
Norm Coleman 61%
Kent Conrad 35.3%
Jerry Costello 30.8%
Larry Craig 79.7%
Robert Cramer 43.5%
Barbara Cubin 88.7%
Artur Davis 45%
David Davis 82.2%
Geoff Davis 86.8%
Lincoln Davis 48.3%
Thomas Davis III 64.8%
Bill Delahunt 10.5%
James DeMint 92.3%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 58.2%
Norm Dicks 32.2%
Chris Dodd 17.2%
Elizabeth Dole 60.8%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 66.2%
John Doolittle 88.7%
Byron Dorgan 31.7%
Thelma Drake 74.5%
David Dreier 68.5%
Chet Edwards 42.3%
Vern Ehlers 59.8%
Brad Ellsworth 52.2%
Jo Ann Emerson 58.7%
Philip English 59.5%
John Ensign 93.2%
Bob Etheridge 29.8%
Terry Everett 88.2%
Tom Feeney 83.8%
Russ Feingold 35%
Michael Ferguson 63.8%
Bob Filner 29.8%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 73.3%
Barney Frank 9.3%
Elton Gallegly 74.7%
Gabrielle Giffords 47.7%
Wayne Gilchrest 49.5%
Charlie Gonzalez 31%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 77.3%
Bart Gordon 39%
Judd Gregg 79%
John Hall 26.8%
Phil Hare 19.5%
Jane Harman 23%
Robert Hayes 64.3%
Wally Herger, Jr. 91.5%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 48.5%
Baron Hill 48.7%
Maurice Hinchey 19.7%
David Lee Hobson 63%
Paul Hodes 34.8%
Pete Hoekstra 81.3%
Thomas Holden 41%
Darlene Hooley 13.3%
Kenny Hulshof 71.3%
Duncan Hunter 84.7%
Kay Hutchison 80.3%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 72.3%
Daniel Inouye 30.5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 9.3%
William Jefferson 24.3%
Tim Johnson 58.3%
Steve Kagen 33.7%
Paul Kanjorski 41.7%
Ric Keller 75.8%
Patrick Kennedy 22%
Dale Kildee 24%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 13.3%
Ron Klein 40.2%
Joseph Knollenberg 63.3%
Herb Kohl 18.3%
Dennis Kucinich 42.5%
John Kuhl, Jr. 65.3%
Jon Kyl 93.2%
Ray LaHood 59.2%
Nicholas Lampson 56.2%
Steve LaTourette 61.7%
Frank Lautenberg 11.7%
Jerry Lewis 77.7%
Ron Lewis 82.7%
Joe Lieberman 40.7%
Blanche Lincoln 34.5%
John Linder 87.3%
Dick Lugar 61.8%
Dan Lungren 86%
Connie Mack IV 86.2%
Tim Mahoney 48.3%
Don Manzullo 75.5%
Jim Marshall 55%
Melquiades Martinez 62.5%
Thaddeus McCotter 73.3%
James McCrery III 86%
John McHugh 63.8%
Michael McNulty 14%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 20%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 47.7%
Brad Miller 17.8%
Harry Mitchell 47.3%
Alan Mollohan 29.2%
Dennis Moore 38.8%
Patrick Murphy 42.5%
Jack Murtha 36.8%
Marilyn Musgrave 77.5%
Sue Myrick 85.5%
Ben Nelson 50.2%
Jim Oberstar 12.8%
Dave Obey 10%
John Olver 6.8%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 43.8%
Ron Paul 69.2%
Donald Payne 24.7%
John Peterson 74.5%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 65.7%
Todd Platts 65%
Earl Pomeroy 38.2%
Jon Porter, Sr. 57.3%
George Radanovich 91%
James Ramstad 55.8%
Ralph Regula 64.2%
Denny Rehberg 67.3%
Richard Renzi 69%
Silvestre Reyes 39.8%
Thomas Reynolds 75.2%
Laura Richardson 26.8%
Ciro Rodriguez 45.7%
Mike Ross 43.7%
Steve Rothman 28.2%
Ken Salazar 32.2%
William Sali 94.7%
Jim Saxton 70.8%
Jean Schmidt 76.7%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 31.7%
John Shadegg 95.7%
Christopher Shays 52.8%
Heath Shuler 48.7%
Ike Skelton 37.2%
Gordon Smith 54.3%
Olympia Snowe 49.2%
Vic Snyder 37.2%
Hilda Solis 6.8%
Mark Souder 74.3%
Zack Space 46%
Arlen Specter 55.2%
John Spratt, Jr. 32.2%
Pete Stark 27.2%
Cliff Stearns 80.8%
Ted Stevens 59%
Bart Stupak 30.2%
John Sullivan 84.2%
John Sununu 65.8%
Betty Sutton 12.5%
Tom Tancredo 86.3%
John Tanner 48%

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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