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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Conservative on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 33%
Gary Ackerman 11%
John Adler 37%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 93%
Rodney Alexander 78%
Jason Altmire 53%
Rob Andrews 11%
Michael Arcuri 48%
Steve Austria 68%
Joe Baca, Sr. 37%
Michele Bachmann 89%
Spencer Bachus 73%
Brian Baird 29%
J. Gresham Barrett 93%
John Barrow 52%
Roscoe Bartlett 81%
Max Baucus 52%
Evan Bayh 59%
Melissa Bean 41%
Mark Begich 41%
Bob Bennett 76%
Shelley Berkley 37%
Howard Berman 11%
Marion Berry 53%
Judy Biggert 57%
Brian Bilbray 73%
Jeff Bingaman 27%
Tim Bishop 20%
John Boccieri 53%
Kit Bond 67%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 78%
Mary Bono Mack 62%
Dan Boren 60%
Leonard Boswell 42%
Rick Boucher 42%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 48%
Bruce Braley 17%
Bobby Bright 67%
Paul Broun 93%
Henry Brown, Jr. 77%
Ginny Brown-Waite 68%
Jim Bunning 94%
Roland Burris 0%
Dan Burton 90%
Steve Buyer 84%
Robert Byrd 49%
Dave Camp 73%
John Campbell III 93%
Eric Cantor 84%
Joseph Cao 58%
Dennis Cardoza 46%
Russ Carnahan 20%
Christopher Carney 53%
Mike Castle 56%
Saxby Chambliss 84%
Ben Chandler III 48%
Travis Childers 60%
Howard Coble 90%
Thomas Coburn 87%
Kent Conrad 51%
Jerry Costello 53%
Kathy Dahlkemper 55%
Artur Davis 56%
Geoff Davis 78%
Lincoln Davis 57%
Bill Delahunt 11%
James DeMint 94%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 61%
Norm Dicks 20%
John Dingell 31%
Chris Dodd 15%
Byron Dorgan 50%
David Dreier 84%
Steve Driehaus 52%
Chet Edwards 43%
Vern Ehlers 62%
Brad Ellsworth 57%
Jo Ann Emerson 63%
John Ensign 84%
Bob Etheridge 43%
Russ Feingold 47%
Bob Filner 11%
Barney Frank 16%
Elton Gallegly 72%
Jim Gerlach 60%
Gabrielle Giffords 43%
Phil Gingrey 87%
Charlie Gonzalez 26%
Bart Gordon 50%
Judd Gregg 64%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 63%
Kay Hagan 54%
John Hall 42%
Ralph Hall 78%
Debbie Halvorson 43%
Phil Hare 11%
Tom Harkin 0%
Jane Harman 26%
Doc Hastings 87%
Wally Herger, Jr. 90%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 50%
Baron Hill 53%
Maurice Hinchey 30%
Paul Hodes 37%
Pete Hoekstra 76%
Thomas Holden 50%
Rush Holt, Jr. 0%
Duncan Hunter 84%
Kay Hutchison 72%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 84%
Daniel Inouye 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
Mike Johanns 77%
Timothy Johnson 34%
Tim Johnson 63%
Steve Kagen 34%
Paul Kanjorski 48%
Ted Kaufman 23%
Patrick Kennedy 31%
Dale Kildee 42%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
Mary Jo Kilroy 20%
Jack Kingston 81%
Larry Kissell 47%
Ron Klein 42%
Herb Kohl 32%
Suzanne Kosmas 42%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 50%
Dennis Kucinich 0%
Jon Kyl 73%
Mary Landrieu 45%
Tom Latham 68%
Steve LaTourette 63%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
Chris Lee 73%
Carl Levin 0%
Jerry Lewis 77%
Joe Lieberman 36%
Blanche Lincoln 40%
John Linder 93%
Dick Lugar 60%
Dan Lungren 90%
Connie Mack IV 81%
Dan Maffei 41%
Don Manzullo 82%
Betsy Markey 43%
Jim Marshall 57%
Melquiades Martinez 66%
Eric Massa 31%
Jim Matheson 50%
Carolyn McCarthy 29%
Thaddeus McCotter 68%
John McHugh 63%
Mike McIntyre 59%
Buck McKeon 73%
Michael McMahon 37%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 33%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 55%
Mike Michaud 43%
Gary Miller 82%
George Miller 28%
Brad Miller 34%
Walt Minnick 55%
Harry Mitchell 50%
Alan Mollohan 47%
Dennis Moore 20%
Jim Moran, Jr. 0%
Patrick Murphy 37%
Scott Murphy 55%
Jack Murtha 46%
Sue Myrick 93%
Ben Nelson 61%
Glenn Nye III 53%
Jim Oberstar 50%
Dave Obey 37%
John Olver 0%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 37%
Ed Pastor 20%
Ron Paul 73%
Donald Payne 17%
Tom Perriello 52%
Tom Petri 73%
Todd Platts 59%
Earl Pomeroy 43%
Mark Pryor 44%
George Radanovich 93%
Nick Rahall II 47%
Denny Rehberg 68%
Silvestre Reyes 41%
Laura Richardson 34%
Jay Rockefeller IV 26%
Ciro Rodriguez 43%
Mike Rogers 73%
Mike Ross 56%
Steve Rothman 20%
John Salazar 46%
Mark Schauer 37%
Jean Schmidt 83%
Aaron Schock 68%

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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