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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 9%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 73%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 30%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 96%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 84%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 84%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 87%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 25%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 19%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 65%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 22%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 39%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 36%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 44%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 10%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 11%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 80%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 80%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 18%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 63%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 88%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 66%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 12%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 12%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 26%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 77%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 84%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 9%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 90%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 66%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 66%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 78%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 73%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 42%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 93%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 24%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 87%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 87%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 49%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 16%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 36%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 70%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 92%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 91%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 77%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 17%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 84%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 85%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 28%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 26%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 37%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 24%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 21%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 39%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 23%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 77%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 21%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 60%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 42%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 25%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 10%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 81%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 34%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 5%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 85%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 66%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 85%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 88%
WY U.S. House At-Large Cynthia Lummis Republican 89%
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%
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 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%
Bruce Braley 18%
Bobby Bright 63%
Paul Broun 86%
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%
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%
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%
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%
Jim Gerlach 65%
Gabrielle Giffords 48%
Phil Gingrey 86%
Charlie Gonzalez 22%
Bart Gordon 48%
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%
Paul Hodes 43%
Pete Hoekstra 74%
Thomas Holden 51%
Rush Holt, Jr. 5%
Duncan Hunter 86%
Kay Hutchison 73%

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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