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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Conservative on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 26%
Gary Ackerman 38%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 9%
Todd Akin 91%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 79%
Rodney Alexander 62%
Wayne Allard 79%
Thomas Allen 38%
Jason Altmire 50%
Rob Andrews 0%
Michael Arcuri 42%
Joe Baca, Sr. 42%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 85%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 74%
Brian Baird 34%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 79%
J. Gresham Barrett 91%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 50%
Roscoe Bartlett 62%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 85%
Max Baucus 31%
Evan Bayh 48%
Melissa Bean 49%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
Bob Bennett 66%
Shelley Berkley 41%
Howard Berman 18%
Marion Berry 34%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
Judy Biggert 62%
Brian Bilbray 82%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 62%
Jeff Bingaman 9%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 85%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 34%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 25%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 85%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 85%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 85%
Kit Bond 79%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 82%
Mary Bono Mack 60%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 74%
Dan Boren 52%
Leonard Boswell 48%
Rick Boucher 46%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 71%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 34%
Nancy Boyda 34%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 71%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 91%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 18%
Henry Brown, Jr. 62%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 9%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 73%
Ginny Brown-Waite 69%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 58%
Jim Bunning 79%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 74%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 79%
Dan Burton 82%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 18%
Steve Buyer 71%
Robert Byrd 30%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 74%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 74%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 91%
Chris Cannon 91%
Eric Cantor 73%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 9%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 62%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 42%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
Dennis Cardoza 42%
Russ Carnahan 0%
Christopher Carney 52%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 44%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 85%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 36%
Mike Castle 54%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 18%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 55%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 62%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 79%
Ben Chandler III 42%
Travis Childers 54%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 18%
Hillary Clinton 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 18%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 91%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 79%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 60%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 0%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 70%
Norm Coleman 65%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 48%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 82%
Kent Conrad 33%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 42%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 79%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 42%
Jerry Costello 47%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 0%
Larry Craig 70%
Robert Cramer 38%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 73%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 74%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 18%
Barbara Cubin 84%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 42%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 80%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 33%
Artur Davis 42%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
David Davis 85%
Geoff Davis 85%
Lincoln Davis 49%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 0%
Thomas Davis III 56%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 91%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 38%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
Bill Delahunt 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
James DeMint 79%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 58%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 57%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 57%
Norm Dicks 18%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 18%
Chris Dodd 26%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 28%
Elizabeth Dole 66%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 71%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 52%
John Doolittle 85%
Byron Dorgan 27%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 0%
Thelma Drake 74%
David Dreier 60%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 82%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 0%
Chet Edwards 34%
Vern Ehlers 60%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
Brad Ellsworth 52%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 18%
Jo Ann Emerson 61%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 38%
Philip English 62%
John Ensign 79%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
Bob Etheridge 18%
Terry Everett 80%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 62%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 28%
Tom Feeney 91%
Russ Feingold 9%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 31%
Michael Ferguson 59%
Bob Filner 41%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 91%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 91%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 61%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 80%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 91%
Barney Frank 0%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 91%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 61%
Elton Gallegly 62%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 91%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 56%
Gabrielle Giffords 50%
Wayne Gilchrest 54%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 52%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 84%
Charlie Gonzalez 0%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 85%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 85%
Bart Gordon 46%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 71%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 79%

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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