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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Conservative on Foreign Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
David Dreier 75%
Steve Driehaus 24%
Chet Edwards 38%
Vern Ehlers 58%
Brad Ellsworth 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 63%
John Ensign 84%
Bob Etheridge 24%
Russ Feingold 56%
Bob Filner 17%
Barney Frank 0%
Elton Gallegly 75%
Gabrielle Giffords 48%
Charlie Gonzalez 9%
Bart Gordon 48%
Judd Gregg 59%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 59%
John Hall 50%
Debbie Halvorson 53%
Phil Hare 0%
Jane Harman 13%
Wally Herger, Jr. 75%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 53%
Baron Hill 35%
Maurice Hinchey 9%
Paul Hodes 44%
Pete Hoekstra 74%
Thomas Holden 51%
Duncan Hunter 75%
Kay Hutchison 72%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 63%
Daniel Inouye 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 9%
Tim Johnson 60%
Steve Kagen 0%
Paul Kanjorski 39%
Ted Kaufman 0%
Dale Kildee 24%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 31%
Mary Jo Kilroy 0%
Larry Kissell 48%
Ron Klein 44%
Herb Kohl 0%
Suzanne Kosmas 53%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 53%
Dennis Kucinich 50%
Jon Kyl 84%
Steve LaTourette 62%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
Chris Lee 68%
Jerry Lewis 75%
Joe Lieberman 61%
Blanche Lincoln 52%
John Linder 75%
Dick Lugar 54%
Dan Lungren 63%
Connie Mack IV 75%
Don Manzullo 75%
Betsy Markey 44%
Jim Marshall 61%
Melquiades Martinez 68%
Eric Massa 48%
Thaddeus McCotter 68%
John McHugh 57%
Michael McMahon 56%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 47%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 51%
Brad Miller 31%
Walt Minnick 56%
Harry Mitchell 53%
Alan Mollohan 39%
Dennis Moore 41%
Patrick Murphy 39%
Scott Murphy 47%
Jack Murtha 24%
Sue Myrick 75%
Ben Nelson 56%
Glenn Nye III 53%
Jim Oberstar 0%
Dave Obey 0%
John Olver 0%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 35%
Ron Paul 53%
Donald Payne 17%
Tom Perriello 51%
Todd Platts 68%
Earl Pomeroy 31%
George Radanovich 75%
Denny Rehberg 75%
Silvestre Reyes 33%
Laura Richardson 35%
Ciro Rodriguez 34%
Mike Ross 52%
Steve Rothman 9%
Mark Schauer 43%
Jean Schmidt 67%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 0%
John Shadegg 75%
Heath Shuler 48%
Ike Skelton 39%
Olympia Snowe 63%
Vic Snyder 24%
Mark Souder 75%
Zack Space 56%
Arlen Specter 54%
John Spratt, Jr. 31%
Pete Stark 47%
Cliff Stearns 68%
Bart Stupak 24%
Betty Sutton 0%
John Tanner 47%
Ellen Tauscher 24%
Gene Taylor 59%
Harry Teague 57%
Todd Tiahrt 75%
Ed Towns 9%
George Voinovich 59%
Zach Wamp 63%
John Warner 0%
Diane Watson 24%
Mel Watt 0%
Jim Webb, Jr. 45%
Anthony Weiner 0%
Robert Wexler 24%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 35%
Lynn Woolsey 39%
David Wu 35%
Bill Young 75%

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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