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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 23%
John Adler 50%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16%
Todd Akin 93%
Rodney Alexander 82%
Jason Altmire 54%
Rob Andrews 19%
Michael Arcuri 50%
Steve Austria 76%
Joe Baca, Sr. 25%
Brian Baird 39%
J. Gresham Barrett 86%
Roscoe Bartlett 77%
Max Baucus 39%
Evan Bayh 59%
Melissa Bean 47%
Bob Bennett 80%
Shelley Berkley 28%
Howard Berman 10%
Marion Berry 46%
Judy Biggert 62%
Brian Bilbray 78%
Jeff Bingaman 29%
John Boccieri 51%
Kit Bond 68%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 84%
Mary Bono Mack 72%
Dan Boren 58%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Rick Boucher 45%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 48%
Bobby Bright 63%
Henry Brown, Jr. 82%
Ginny Brown-Waite 67%
Jim Bunning 93%
Roland Burris 12%
Dan Burton 87%
Steve Buyer 81%
Robert Byrd 41%
Joseph Cao 60%
Dennis Cardoza 45%
Russ Carnahan 26%
Christopher Carney 52%
Mike Castle 58%
Ben Chandler III 47%
Travis Childers 59%
Kent Conrad 38%
Jerry Costello 48%
Kathy Dahlkemper 51%
Artur Davis 51%
Geoff Davis 76%
Lincoln Davis 55%
Bill Delahunt 11%
James DeMint 95%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 71%
Norm Dicks 24%
Chris Dodd 15%
Byron Dorgan 48%
David Dreier 84%
Steve Driehaus 42%
Chet Edwards 45%
Vern Ehlers 61%
Brad Ellsworth 54%
Jo Ann Emerson 65%
John Ensign 90%
Bob Etheridge 37%
Russ Feingold 53%
Bob Filner 19%
Barney Frank 9%
Elton Gallegly 81%
Gabrielle Giffords 48%
Charlie Gonzalez 22%
Bart Gordon 48%
Judd Gregg 64%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 60%
John Hall 36%
Debbie Halvorson 49%
Phil Hare 14%
Jane Harman 27%
Wally Herger, Jr. 89%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 53%
Baron Hill 46%
Maurice Hinchey 25%
Paul Hodes 43%
Pete Hoekstra 74%
Thomas Holden 51%
Duncan Hunter 86%
Kay Hutchison 73%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 76%
Daniel Inouye 16%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 7%
Tim Johnson 63%
Steve Kagen 23%
Paul Kanjorski 44%
Ted Kaufman 23%
Dale Kildee 31%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 22%
Mary Jo Kilroy 17%
Larry Kissell 49%
Ron Klein 42%
Herb Kohl 30%
Suzanne Kosmas 49%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 54%
Dennis Kucinich 35%
Jon Kyl 85%
Steve LaTourette 62%
Frank Lautenberg 14%
Chris Lee 71%
Jerry Lewis 80%
Joe Lieberman 50%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
John Linder 92%
Dick Lugar 59%
Dan Lungren 79%
Connie Mack IV 85%
Don Manzullo 85%
Betsy Markey 49%
Jim Marshall 59%
Melquiades Martinez 66%
Eric Massa 45%
Thaddeus McCotter 68%
John McHugh 59%
Michael McMahon 50%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 39%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 53%
Brad Miller 30%
Walt Minnick 57%
Harry Mitchell 54%
Alan Mollohan 42%
Dennis Moore 29%
Patrick Murphy 41%
Scott Murphy 51%
Jack Murtha 32%
Sue Myrick 89%
Ben Nelson 59%
Glenn Nye III 55%
Jim Oberstar 27%
Dave Obey 18%
John Olver 5%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 39%
Ron Paul 70%
Donald Payne 14%
Tom Perriello 53%
Todd Platts 65%
Earl Pomeroy 40%
George Radanovich 92%
Denny Rehberg 78%
Silvestre Reyes 35%
Laura Richardson 34%
Ciro Rodriguez 39%
Mike Ross 53%
Steve Rothman 17%
Mark Schauer 41%
Jean Schmidt 77%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 23%
John Shadegg 94%
Heath Shuler 55%
Ike Skelton 48%
Olympia Snowe 59%
Vic Snyder 36%
Mark Souder 78%
Zack Space 51%
Arlen Specter 57%
John Spratt, Jr. 36%
Pete Stark 30%
Cliff Stearns 78%
Bart Stupak 42%
Betty Sutton 11%
John Tanner 51%
Ellen Tauscher 22%
Gene Taylor 60%
Harry Teague 55%
Todd Tiahrt 85%
Ed Towns 10%
George Voinovich 62%
Zach Wamp 70%
John Warner 35%
Diane Watson 12%
Mel Watt 5%
Jim Webb, Jr. 52%
Anthony Weiner 22%
Robert Wexler 20%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 42%
Lynn Woolsey 20%
David Wu 28%
Bill Young 74%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 26%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 10%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 9%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 34%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 32%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 39%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 30%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 22%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 23%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 10%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 18%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 21%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 12%

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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