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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Conservative on Economic Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 86%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 87%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 84%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 68%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 75%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 71%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 49%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 94%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 33%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 81%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 98%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 47%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 77%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 49%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 32%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 81%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 85%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 71%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 15%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 69%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 73%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 13%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 13%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 24%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 39%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 37%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 76%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 15%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 58%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 35%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 29%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 84%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 45%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 19%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 81%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 57%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 96%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 96%
Neil Abercrombie 0%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 97%
Rodney Alexander 81%
Wayne Allard 92%
Thomas Allen 25%
Jason Altmire 45%
Rob Andrews 23%
Michael Arcuri 35%
Joe Baca, Sr. 25%
Michele Bachmann 93%
Spencer Bachus 75%
Brian Baird 43%
J. Gresham Barrett 98%
John Barrow 53%
Roscoe Bartlett 78%
Max Baucus 42%
Evan Bayh 52%
Melissa Bean 50%
Bob Bennett 66%
Shelley Berkley 37%
Howard Berman 22%
Marion Berry 52%
Judy Biggert 68%
Brian Bilbray 65%
Jeff Bingaman 13%
Tim Bishop 25%
Kit Bond 74%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 83%
Mary Bono Mack 65%
Dan Boren 54%
Leonard Boswell 35%
Rick Boucher 45%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 52%
Nancy Boyda 50%
Bruce Braley 41%
Paul Broun 98%
Henry Brown, Jr. 75%
Ginny Brown-Waite 63%
Jim Bunning 89%
Dan Burton 89%
Steve Buyer 73%
Robert Byrd 33%
Dave Camp 75%
John Campbell III 92%
Chris Cannon 97%
Eric Cantor 91%
Dennis Cardoza 40%
Russ Carnahan 25%
Christopher Carney 41%
Mike Castle 55%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 45%
Saxby Chambliss 79%
Ben Chandler III 41%
Hillary Clinton 11%
Howard Coble 86%
Thomas Coburn 94%
Norm Coleman 55%
Kent Conrad 32%
Jerry Costello 22%
Larry Craig 76%
Robert Cramer 40%
Barbara Cubin 94%
Artur Davis 41%
David Davis 82%
Geoff Davis 89%
Lincoln Davis 46%
Thomas Davis III 64%
Bill Delahunt 0%
James DeMint 95%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 55%
Norm Dicks 31%
John Dingell 25%
Chris Dodd 0%
Elizabeth Dole 56%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 61%
John Doolittle 94%
Byron Dorgan 46%
Thelma Drake 74%
David Dreier 81%
Chet Edwards 47%
Vern Ehlers 61%
Brad Ellsworth 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 62%
Philip English 58%
John Ensign 96%
Bob Etheridge 29%
Terry Everett 90%
Tom Feeney 88%
Russ Feingold 40%
Michael Ferguson 66%
Bob Filner 36%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 67%
Barney Frank 0%
Elton Gallegly 73%
Jim Gerlach 58%
Gabrielle Giffords 48%
Wayne Gilchrest 52%
Phil Gingrey 91%
Charlie Gonzalez 45%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 68%
Bart Gordon 24%
Judd Gregg 87%
Charles Hagel 69%
John Hall 25%
Ralph Hall 68%
Phil Hare 29%
Tom Harkin 35%
Jane Harman 23%
Doc Hastings 87%
Robert Hayes 57%
Wally Herger, Jr. 95%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 52%
Baron Hill 47%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
David Lee Hobson 67%
Paul Hodes 37%
Pete Hoekstra 77%
Thomas Holden 35%
Rush Holt, Jr. 29%
Darlene Hooley 0%
Kenny Hulshof 70%
Duncan Hunter 73%
Kay Hutchison 72%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 70%
Daniel Inouye 28%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
William Jefferson 39%
Tim Johnson 59%
Timothy Johnson 43%
Steve Kagen 34%
Paul Kanjorski 41%
Ric Keller 65%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 29%
Patrick Kennedy 20%
Dale Kildee 15%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
Jack Kingston 76%
Ron Klein 41%

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.

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