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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Bob Inglis, Sr. 76%
Daniel Inouye 16%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 7%
Mike Johanns 79%
Tim Johnson 63%
Timothy Johnson 30%
Steve Kagen 23%
Paul Kanjorski 44%
Ted Kaufman 23%
Dale Kildee 31%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 22%
Mary Jo Kilroy 17%
Jack Kingston 84%
Larry Kissell 49%
Ron Klein 42%
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%
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%
John McHugh 59%
Mike McIntyre 57%
Buck McKeon 80%
Michael McMahon 50%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 39%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 53%
Mike Michaud 42%
Gary Miller 83%
George Miller 15%
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%
Glenn Nye III 55%
Jim Oberstar 27%
Dave Obey 18%
John Olver 5%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 39%
Ed Pastor 21%
Ron Paul 70%
Donald Payne 14%
Tom Perriello 53%
Tom Petri 69%
Todd Platts 65%
Earl Pomeroy 40%
Mark Pryor 48%
George Radanovich 92%
Nick Rahall II 42%
Denny Rehberg 78%
Silvestre Reyes 35%
Laura Richardson 34%
Jay Rockefeller IV 24%
Ciro Rodriguez 39%
Mike Rogers 77%
Mike Ross 53%
Steve Rothman 17%
John Salazar 41%
Mark Schauer 41%
Jean Schmidt 77%
Allyson Schwartz 34%
José Serrano 10%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 23%
John Shadegg 94%
Carol Shea-Porter 33%
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%
Lee Terry 75%
Todd Tiahrt 85%
John Tierney 23%
Ed Towns 10%
Mark Udall 34%
George Voinovich 62%
Zach Wamp 70%
John Warner 35%
Diane Watson 12%
Mel Watt 5%
Henry Waxman 5%
Jim Webb, Jr. 52%
Anthony Weiner 22%
Robert Wexler 20%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 42%
Frank Wolf 74%
Lynn Woolsey 20%
David Wu 28%
Bill Young 74%

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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