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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Conservative on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 38%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 9%
Todd Akin 91%
Rodney Alexander 62%
Wayne Allard 79%
Thomas Allen 38%
Jason Altmire 50%
Rob Andrews 0%
Michael Arcuri 42%
Joe Baca, Sr. 42%
Brian Baird 34%
J. Gresham Barrett 91%
Roscoe Bartlett 62%
Max Baucus 31%
Evan Bayh 48%
Melissa Bean 49%
Bob Bennett 66%
Shelley Berkley 41%
Howard Berman 18%
Marion Berry 34%
Judy Biggert 62%
Brian Bilbray 82%
Jeff Bingaman 9%
Kit Bond 79%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 82%
Mary Bono Mack 60%
Dan Boren 52%
Leonard Boswell 48%
Rick Boucher 46%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 34%
Nancy Boyda 34%
Henry Brown, Jr. 62%
Ginny Brown-Waite 69%
Jim Bunning 79%
Dan Burton 82%
Steve Buyer 71%
Robert Byrd 30%
Chris Cannon 91%
Eric Cantor 73%
Dennis Cardoza 42%
Russ Carnahan 0%
Christopher Carney 52%
Mike Castle 54%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 55%
Ben Chandler III 42%
Travis Childers 54%
Hillary Clinton 0%
Norm Coleman 65%
Kent Conrad 33%
Jerry Costello 47%
Larry Craig 70%
Robert Cramer 38%
Barbara Cubin 84%
Artur Davis 42%
David Davis 85%
Geoff Davis 85%
Lincoln Davis 49%
Thomas Davis III 56%
Bill Delahunt 0%
James DeMint 79%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 57%
Norm Dicks 18%
Chris Dodd 26%
Elizabeth Dole 66%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 71%
John Doolittle 85%
Byron Dorgan 27%
Thelma Drake 74%
David Dreier 60%
Chet Edwards 34%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Brad Ellsworth 52%
Jo Ann Emerson 61%
Philip English 62%
John Ensign 79%
Bob Etheridge 18%
Terry Everett 80%
Tom Feeney 91%
Russ Feingold 9%
Michael Ferguson 59%
Bob Filner 41%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 80%
Barney Frank 0%
Elton Gallegly 62%
Gabrielle Giffords 50%
Wayne Gilchrest 54%
Charlie Gonzalez 0%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 85%
Bart Gordon 46%
Judd Gregg 73%
John Hall 28%
Phil Hare 0%
Jane Harman 18%
Robert Hayes 74%
Wally Herger, Jr. 91%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 42%
Baron Hill 50%
Maurice Hinchey 47%
David Lee Hobson 62%
Paul Hodes 38%
Pete Hoekstra 81%
Thomas Holden 48%
Darlene Hooley 0%
Kenny Hulshof 70%
Duncan Hunter 91%
Kay Hutchison 73%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 85%
Daniel Inouye 42%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
William Jefferson 0%
Tim Johnson 59%
Steve Kagen 47%
Paul Kanjorski 42%
Ric Keller 74%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Patrick Kennedy 0%
Dale Kildee 18%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
Ron Klein 38%
Joseph Knollenberg 62%
Herb Kohl 33%
Dennis Kucinich 48%
John Kuhl, Jr. 62%
Jon Kyl 79%
Ray LaHood 58%
Nicholas Lampson 55%
Steve LaTourette 62%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
Jerry Lewis 74%
Ron Lewis 85%
Joe Lieberman 45%
Blanche Lincoln 38%
John Linder 82%
Dick Lugar 57%
Dan Lungren 91%
Connie Mack IV 91%
Tim Mahoney 50%
Don Manzullo 74%
Jim Marshall 52%
Melquiades Martinez 60%
Thaddeus McCotter 85%
James McCrery III 85%
John McHugh 62%
Michael McNulty 28%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 18%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 42%
Brad Miller 0%
Harry Mitchell 50%
Alan Mollohan 18%
Dennis Moore 34%
Patrick Murphy 50%
Jack Murtha 34%
Marilyn Musgrave 71%
Sue Myrick 85%
Ben Nelson 53%
Jim Oberstar 26%
Dave Obey 0%
John Olver 0%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 38%
Ron Paul 58%
Donald Payne 28%
John Peterson 69%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 59%
Todd Platts 62%
Earl Pomeroy 34%
Jon Porter, Sr. 56%
Deborah Pryce 61%
George Radanovich 91%
James Ramstad 54%
Ralph Regula 62%
Denny Rehberg 62%
Richard Renzi 61%
Silvestre Reyes 34%
Thomas Reynolds 73%
Laura Richardson 28%
Ciro Rodriguez 42%
Mike Ross 34%
Steve Rothman 28%
Ken Salazar 41%
William Sali 91%
Jim Saxton 62%
Jean Schmidt 85%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 18%
John Shadegg 91%
Christopher Shays 52%
Heath Shuler 52%
Ike Skelton 34%
Gordon Smith 60%
Olympia Snowe 52%
Vic Snyder 25%
Hilda Solis 0%
Mark Souder 85%
Zack Space 49%
Arlen Specter 47%
John Spratt, Jr. 34%
Pete Stark 33%
Cliff Stearns 91%
Ted Stevens 59%
Bart Stupak 42%
John Sullivan 74%

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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