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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%
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%
Michele Bachmann 90%
Spencer Bachus 75%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 73%
Brian Baird 39%
J. Gresham Barrett 86%
John Barrow 53%
Roscoe Bartlett 77%
Max Baucus 39%
Evan Bayh 59%
Melissa Bean 47%
Mark Begich 34%
Bob Bennett 80%
Shelley Berkley 28%
Howard Berman 10%
Marion Berry 46%
Judy Biggert 62%
Brian Bilbray 78%
Jeff Bingaman 29%
Tim Bishop 30%
John Boehner 92%
Kit Bond 68%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 84%
Mary Bono Mack 72%
Dan Boren 58%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Rick Boucher 45%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 84%
Barbara Boxer 23%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 48%
Bruce Braley 18%
Bobby Bright 63%
Paul Broun 86%
Corrine Brown 21%
Henry Brown, Jr. 82%
Ginny Brown-Waite 67%
Jim Bunning 93%
Roland Burris 12%
Dan Burton 87%
Steve Buyer 81%
Robert Byrd 41%
Dave Camp 71%
John Campbell III 78%
Eric Cantor 88%
Joseph Cao 60%
Lois Capps 8%
Dennis Cardoza 45%
Russ Carnahan 26%
Christopher Carney 52%
Mike Castle 58%
Saxby Chambliss 85%
Ben Chandler III 47%
Travis Childers 59%
Howard Coble 82%
Thomas Coburn 93%
Kent Conrad 38%
Jerry Costello 48%
Ander Crenshaw 70%
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%
John Dingell 33%
Chris Dodd 15%
Byron Dorgan 48%
David Dreier 84%
Steve Driehaus 42%
Donna Edwards 10%
Chet Edwards 45%
Vern Ehlers 61%
Brad Ellsworth 54%
Jo Ann Emerson 65%
John Ensign 90%
Bob Etheridge 37%
Sam Farr 15%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 11%
Russ Feingold 53%
Bob Filner 19%
John Fleming, Jr. 85%
Randy Forbes 84%
Barney Frank 9%
Elton Gallegly 81%
Scott Garrett 85%
Jim Gerlach 65%
Gabrielle Giffords 48%
Phil Gingrey 86%
Charlie Gonzalez 22%
Bart Gordon 48%
Alan Grayson 37%
Judd Gregg 64%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 60%
Kay Hagan 39%
John Hall 36%
Ralph Hall 80%
Debbie Halvorson 49%
Phil Hare 14%
Tom Harkin 17%
Jane Harman 27%
Doc Hastings 84%
Wally Herger, Jr. 89%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 53%
Baron Hill 46%
Maurice Hinchey 25%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 25%
Paul Hodes 43%
Pete Hoekstra 74%
Thomas Holden 51%
Rush Holt, Jr. 5%
Mike Honda 12%
Duncan Hunter 86%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 76%
Daniel Inouye 16%
Steve Israel 20%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 7%
Mike Johanns 79%
Tim Johnson 63%
Timothy Johnson 30%
Steve Kagen 23%
Paul Kanjorski 44%
Ted Kaufman 23%
John Kerry 14%
Dale Kildee 31%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 22%
Mary Jo Kilroy 17%
Jack Kingston 84%
Mark Kirk 61%
Ann Kirkpatrick 55%
Larry Kissell 49%
Ron Klein 42%
John Kline 89%
Herb Kohl 30%
Suzanne Kosmas 49%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 54%
Dennis Kucinich 35%
Jon Kyl 85%
Mary Landrieu 39%
Tom Latham 75%
Steve LaTourette 62%
Frank Lautenberg 14%
Chris Lee 71%
Carl Levin 16%
Jerry Lewis 80%
Joe Lieberman 50%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
John Linder 92%
Dick Lugar 59%
Cynthia Lummis 89%
Dan Lungren 79%
Connie Mack IV 85%
Dan Maffei 39%
Don Manzullo 85%
Betsy Markey 49%
Jim Marshall 59%
Melquiades Martinez 66%
Eric Massa 45%
Jim Matheson 52%
Carolyn McCarthy 32%
Thaddeus McCotter 68%
Jim McDermott 21%
John McHugh 59%
Mike McIntyre 57%
Buck McKeon 80%
Michael McMahon 50%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 39%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 53%
John Mica 85%
Mike Michaud 42%
Barbara Mikulski 15%
Candice Miller 64%
Gary Miller 83%
George Miller 15%
Jeff Miller 92%
Brad Miller 30%
Walt Minnick 57%
Harry Mitchell 54%
Alan Mollohan 42%
Dennis Moore 29%
Jim Moran, Jr. 14%
Patrick Murphy 41%
Scott Murphy 51%
Jack Murtha 32%
Sue Myrick 89%
Ben Nelson 59%
Randy Neugebauer 94%
Glenn Nye III 55%
Jim Oberstar 27%

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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