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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Conservative on Economic Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 52%
Baron Hill 47%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
David Lee Hobson 67%
Paul Hodes 37%
Pete Hoekstra 77%
Thomas Holden 35%
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%
Steve Kagen 34%
Paul Kanjorski 41%
Ric Keller 65%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 29%
Patrick Kennedy 20%
Dale Kildee 15%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
Ron Klein 41%
Joseph Knollenberg 61%
Herb Kohl 13%
Dennis Kucinich 35%
John Kuhl, Jr. 67%
Jon Kyl 96%
Ray LaHood 56%
Nicholas Lampson 57%
Steve LaTourette 56%
Frank Lautenberg 9%
Jerry Lewis 80%
Ron Lewis 77%
Joe Lieberman 30%
Blanche Lincoln 43%
John Linder 88%
Dick Lugar 70%
Dan Lungren 86%
Connie Mack IV 85%
Tim Mahoney 43%
Don Manzullo 83%
Jim Marshall 55%
Melquiades Martinez 63%
Thaddeus McCotter 62%
James McCrery III 81%
John McHugh 56%
Michael McNulty 0%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 0%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 53%
Brad Miller 15%
Harry Mitchell 49%
Alan Mollohan 25%
Dennis Moore 36%
Patrick Murphy 37%
Jack Murtha 35%
Marilyn Musgrave 79%
Sue Myrick 85%
Ben Nelson 47%
Jim Oberstar 0%
Dave Obey 15%
John Olver 0%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 48%
Ron Paul 91%
Donald Payne 32%
John Peterson 72%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 68%
Todd Platts 59%
Earl Pomeroy 41%
Jon Porter, Sr. 55%
Deborah Pryce 62%
George Radanovich 85%
James Ramstad 55%
Ralph Regula 62%
Denny Rehberg 71%
Richard Renzi 63%
Silvestre Reyes 39%
Thomas Reynolds 79%
Laura Richardson 33%
Ciro Rodriguez 49%
Mike Ross 50%
Steve Rothman 34%
Ken Salazar 34%
William Sali 98%
Jim Saxton 61%
Jean Schmidt 72%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 31%
John Shadegg 97%
Christopher Shays 54%
Heath Shuler 50%
Ike Skelton 41%
Gordon Smith 54%
Olympia Snowe 45%
Vic Snyder 39%
Hilda Solis 0%
Mark Souder 65%
Zack Space 38%
Arlen Specter 57%
John Spratt, Jr. 25%
Pete Stark 31%
Cliff Stearns 83%
Ted Stevens 58%
Bart Stupak 25%
John Sullivan 78%
John Sununu 71%
Betty Sutton 15%
Tom Tancredo 92%
John Tanner 48%
Ellen Tauscher 40%
Gene Taylor 50%
Todd Tiahrt 72%
Ed Towns 0%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 0%
George Voinovich 59%
James Walsh 60%
Zach Wamp 74%
John Warner 62%
Diane Watson 0%
Mel Watt 0%
Jim Webb, Jr. 30%
Anthony Weiner 24%
David Weldon 76%
Gerald Weller 63%
Robert Wexler 33%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 47%
Heather Wilson 70%
Lynn Woolsey 33%
David Wu 32%
Bill Young 66%

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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