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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Conservative on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 33%
Gary Ackerman 11%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 78%
John Adler 37%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 93%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 65%
Rodney Alexander 78%
Jason Altmire 53%
Rob Andrews 11%
Michael Arcuri 48%
Steve Austria 68%
Joe Baca, Sr. 37%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 89%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 73%
Brian Baird 29%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 94%
J. Gresham Barrett 93%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 52%
Roscoe Bartlett 81%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 87%
Max Baucus 52%
Evan Bayh 59%
Melissa Bean 41%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 41%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 38%
Bob Bennett 76%
Shelley Berkley 37%
Howard Berman 11%
Marion Berry 53%
Judy Biggert 57%
Brian Bilbray 73%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 68%
Jeff Bingaman 27%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 89%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 41%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 20%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 11%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 87%
John Boccieri 53%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 93%
Kit Bond 67%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 78%
Mary Bono Mack 62%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 78%
Dan Boren 60%
Leonard Boswell 42%
Rick Boucher 42%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 77%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 21%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 48%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 87%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 11%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 17%
Bobby Bright 67%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 93%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 18%
Henry Brown, Jr. 77%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 87%
Ginny Brown-Waite 68%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 65%
Jim Bunning 94%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 80%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 91%
Roland Burris 0%
Dan Burton 90%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 20%
Steve Buyer 84%
Robert Byrd 49%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 78%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 73%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 93%
Eric Cantor 84%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 22%
Joseph Cao 58%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 64%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 11%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
Dennis Cardoza 46%
Russ Carnahan 20%
Christopher Carney 53%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 93%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 57%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 62%
Mike Castle 56%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 0%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 87%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 84%
Ben Chandler III 48%
Travis Childers 60%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 11%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 90%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 87%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 80%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 73%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 20%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 78%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 87%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 16%
Kent Conrad 51%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 17%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 42%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 70%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 78%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 48%
Jerry Costello 53%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 33%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 87%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 64%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 48%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 84%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Kathy Dahlkemper 55%
Artur Davis 56%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
Geoff Davis 78%
Lincoln Davis 57%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 20%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 93%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 37%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 20%
Bill Delahunt 11%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 20%
James DeMint 94%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 57%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 61%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 61%
Norm Dicks 20%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 31%
Chris Dodd 15%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 20%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 57%
Byron Dorgan 50%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 37%
David Dreier 84%
Steve Driehaus 52%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 87%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 15%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 0%
Chet Edwards 43%
Vern Ehlers 62%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
Brad Ellsworth 57%
Jo Ann Emerson 63%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
John Ensign 84%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 20%
Bob Etheridge 43%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 78%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 11%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 11%
Russ Feingold 47%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 19%
Bob Filner 11%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 84%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 78%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 84%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 65%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 48%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 93%
Barney Frank 16%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 93%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 60%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 0%
Elton Gallegly 72%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 93%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 60%
Gabrielle Giffords 43%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 18%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 87%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 93%
Charlie Gonzalez 26%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 90%
Bart Gordon 50%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 69%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 89%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 73%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 72%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 37%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 37%
Judd Gregg 64%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 63%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 0%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 68%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 20%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 54%

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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