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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Conservative on Economic Policy Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Byron Dorgan 45%
David Dreier 79%
Steve Driehaus 46%
Chet Edwards 51%
Vern Ehlers 62%
Brad Ellsworth 55%
Jo Ann Emerson 65%
John Ensign 91%
Bob Etheridge 38%
Russ Feingold 52%
Bob Filner 21%
Barney Frank 0%
Elton Gallegly 83%
Gabrielle Giffords 50%
Charlie Gonzalez 27%
Bart Gordon 45%
Judd Gregg 68%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 57%
John Hall 14%
Debbie Halvorson 48%
Phil Hare 21%
Jane Harman 39%
Wally Herger, Jr. 89%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 55%
Baron Hill 48%
Maurice Hinchey 33%
Paul Hodes 44%
Pete Hoekstra 71%
Thomas Holden 51%
Duncan Hunter 84%
Kay Hutchison 72%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 77%
Daniel Inouye 15%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
Tim Johnson 65%
Steve Kagen 30%
Paul Kanjorski 44%
Ted Kaufman 20%
Patrick Kennedy 21%
Dale Kildee 21%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 29%
Mary Jo Kilroy 21%
Larry Kissell 50%
Ron Klein 38%
Herb Kohl 34%
Suzanne Kosmas 51%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 57%
Dennis Kucinich 48%
Jon Kyl 87%
Steve LaTourette 61%
Frank Lautenberg 12%
Chris Lee 67%
Jerry Lewis 75%
Joe Lieberman 50%
Blanche Lincoln 55%
John Linder 91%
Dick Lugar 62%
Dan Lungren 80%
Connie Mack IV 86%
Don Manzullo 83%
Betsy Markey 55%
Jim Marshall 57%
Melquiades Martinez 63%
Eric Massa 54%
Thaddeus McCotter 64%
John McHugh 58%
Michael McMahon 54%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 36%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 53%
Brad Miller 21%
Walt Minnick 59%
Harry Mitchell 58%
Alan Mollohan 38%
Dennis Moore 21%
Patrick Murphy 43%
Scott Murphy 51%
Jack Murtha 21%
Sue Myrick 81%
Ben Nelson 58%
Glenn Nye III 56%
Jim Oberstar 25%
Dave Obey 9%
John Olver 0%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 41%
Ron Paul 85%
Donald Payne 0%
Tom Perriello 55%
Todd Platts 63%
Earl Pomeroy 42%
George Radanovich 91%
Denny Rehberg 75%
Silvestre Reyes 30%
Laura Richardson 32%
Ciro Rodriguez 36%
Mike Ross 51%
Steve Rothman 14%
Mark Schauer 41%
Jean Schmidt 80%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 41%
John Shadegg 96%
Heath Shuler 54%
Ike Skelton 49%
Olympia Snowe 59%
Vic Snyder 43%
Mark Souder 68%
Zack Space 48%
Arlen Specter 57%
John Spratt, Jr. 30%
Pete Stark 36%
Cliff Stearns 76%
Bart Stupak 50%
John Sullivan 87%
Betty Sutton 9%
John Tanner 52%
Ellen Tauscher 33%
Gene Taylor 59%
Harry Teague 56%
Todd Tiahrt 86%
Ed Towns 14%
George Voinovich 61%
Zach Wamp 73%
John Warner 43%
Diane Watson 0%
Mel Watt 0%
Jim Webb, Jr. 53%
Anthony Weiner 34%
Robert Wexler 28%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 39%
Lynn Woolsey 14%
David Wu 19%
Bill Young 67%

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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