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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 26%
Gary Ackerman 23%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 80%
John Adler 50%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16%
Todd Akin 93%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 66%
Rodney Alexander 82%
Jason Altmire 54%
Rob Andrews 19%
Michael Arcuri 50%
Steve Austria 76%
Joe Baca, Sr. 25%
Michele Bachmann 90%
Spencer Bachus 75%
Brian Baird 39%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 10%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 88%
J. Gresham Barrett 86%
John Barrow 53%
Roscoe Bartlett 77%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 82%
Max Baucus 39%
Evan Bayh 59%
Melissa Bean 47%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 9%
Mark Begich 34%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 32%
Bob Bennett 80%
Shelley Berkley 28%
Howard Berman 10%
Marion Berry 46%
Judy Biggert 62%
Brian Bilbray 78%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 77%
Jeff Bingaman 29%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 92%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 39%
Tim Bishop 30%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 22%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 77%
John Boccieri 51%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 92%
Kit Bond 68%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 84%
Mary Bono Mack 72%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 84%
Dan Boren 58%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Rick Boucher 45%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 84%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 23%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 48%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 86%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 10%
Bruce Braley 18%
Bobby Bright 63%
Paul Broun 86%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 21%
Henry Brown, Jr. 82%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 12%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 80%
Ginny Brown-Waite 67%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 73%
Jim Bunning 93%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 82%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 89%
Roland Burris 12%
Dan Burton 87%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 21%
Steve Buyer 81%
Robert Byrd 41%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 79%
Dave Camp 71%
John Campbell III 78%
Eric Cantor 88%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 39%
Joseph Cao 60%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 66%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 11%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 12%
Dennis Cardoza 45%
Russ Carnahan 26%
Christopher Carney 52%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 27%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 10%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 89%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 44%
LA U.S. Senate Jr Bill Cassidy Republican 68%
Mike Castle 58%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 7%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 91%
Saxby Chambliss 85%
Ben Chandler III 47%
Travis Childers 59%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 11%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 20%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 12%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 9%
Howard Coble 82%
Thomas Coburn 93%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 73%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 83%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 24%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 84%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 91%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 28%
Kent Conrad 38%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 25%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 42%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 66%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 46%
Jerry Costello 48%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 29%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 86%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 70%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 49%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 87%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 14%
Kathy Dahlkemper 51%
Artur Davis 51%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 11%
Geoff Davis 76%
Lincoln Davis 55%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 19%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 87%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 39%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 17%
Bill Delahunt 11%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 16%
James DeMint 95%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 63%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 71%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 70%
Norm Dicks 24%
John Dingell 33%
Chris Dodd 15%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 36%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 56%
Byron Dorgan 48%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 18%
David Dreier 84%
Steve Driehaus 42%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 73%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 15%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 10%
Chet Edwards 45%
Vern Ehlers 61%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14%
Brad Ellsworth 54%
Jo Ann Emerson 65%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 23%
John Ensign 90%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 85%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 17%
Bob Etheridge 37%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 87%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 15%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 11%
Russ Feingold 53%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 24%
Bob Filner 19%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 81%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 85%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 84%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 66%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 91%
Barney Frank 9%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 94%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 72%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 9%
Elton Gallegly 81%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 85%
Jim Gerlach 65%
Gabrielle Giffords 48%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 16%
Phil Gingrey 86%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 91%
Charlie Gonzalez 22%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 85%
Bart Gordon 48%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 77%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 87%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 74%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 82%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 37%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 25%
Judd Gregg 64%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 60%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 17%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 78%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 10%
Kay Hagan 39%

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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