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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 85%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 18%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 62%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 24%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 19%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 72%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 5%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 21%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 36%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 20%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 22%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 79%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 41%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 16%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 65%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 32%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 10%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 23%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 24 Dan Maffei Democratic, Working Families 39%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 28%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 12%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 91%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 90%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 92%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 39%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 66%
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. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 93%
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 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 65%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 80%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 34%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. 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 Timothy Johnson Democratic 30%
SD U.S. Senate Jr 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 4 Ralph Hall Republican 80%
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%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 52%
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 7 Eric Cantor Republican 88%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 14%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 74%
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 4 Doc Hastings Republican 84%
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%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 69%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 24%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 66%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 42%
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%
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%

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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