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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2010 Conservative Composite Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 27%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 77%
John Adler 53%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 23%
Todd Akin 89%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 73%
Rodney Alexander 83%
Jason Altmire 54%
Rob Andrews 27%
Michael Arcuri 48%
Steve Austria 81%
Joe Baca, Sr. 37%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 92%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 76%
Brian Baird 41%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 3%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 90%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 51%
Roscoe Bartlett 74%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 79%
Max Baucus 52%
Melissa Bean 49%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 10%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 35%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 40%
Bob Bennett 66%
Shelley Berkley 33%
Howard Berman 19%
Marion Berry 46%
Judy Biggert 63%
Brian Bilbray 67%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 77%
Jeff Bingaman 24%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 80%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 27%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 84%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 13%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 91%
John Boccieri 46%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 94%
Kit Bond 73%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 81%
Mary Bono Mack 67%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 84%
Dan Boren 56%
Leonard Boswell 33%
Rick Boucher 55%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 82%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 33%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 47%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 90%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 21%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 19%
Bobby Bright 60%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 25%
Henry Brown, Jr. 79%
Scott Brown 65%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 17%
Ginny Brown-Waite 71%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 67%
Jim Bunning 86%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 79%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 76%
Dan Burton 86%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 27%
Steve Buyer 74%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 83%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 77%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 82%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 28%
Joseph Cao 57%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 68%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 12%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 18%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 17%
Dennis Cardoza 38%
Russ Carnahan 33%
Christopher Carney 54%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 25%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 28%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 92%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 21%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 67%
Mike Castle 59%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 18%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 76%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 90%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Travis Childers 59%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 3%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 18%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 23%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 16%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 25%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 85%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 87%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 77%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 74%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 14%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 68%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 62%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 94%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 39%
Kent Conrad 28%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 20%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 52%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 77%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 47%
Jerry Costello 51%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 39%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 90%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 73%
Mark Critz 55%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 43%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 94%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 9%
Kathy Dahlkemper 50%
Artur Davis 42%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 22%
Geoff Davis 83%
Lincoln Davis 50%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 24%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 28%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 13%
Bill Delahunt 14%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 13%
James DeMint 90%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 60%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 22%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 62%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 62%
Norm Dicks 31%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 21%
Charles Djou 58%
Chris Dodd 26%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 31%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 55%
Byron Dorgan 24%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 8%
David Dreier 80%
Steve Driehaus 45%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 73%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 23%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 15%
Chet Edwards 51%
Vern Ehlers 60%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
Brad Ellsworth 49%
Jo Ann Emerson 76%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 22%
John Ensign 78%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 86%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 11%
Bob Etheridge 39%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 10%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 15%
Russ Feingold 34%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 36%
Bob Filner 22%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 83%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 90%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 83%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 65%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 48%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 90%
Barney Frank 7%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 21%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 95%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 66%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 17%
Elton Gallegly 79%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 19%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 92%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 69%
Gabrielle Giffords 53%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 19%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 88%
Charlie Gonzalez 32%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 88%
Bart Gordon 38%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 77%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 87%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 76%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 79%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 28%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 45%
Judd Gregg 65%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 77%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 21%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 82%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 20%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 40%

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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