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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2010 Conservative Composite Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 64%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 35%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 80%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 85%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 46%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 84%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 90%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 83%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 36%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 33%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 39%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 40%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 29%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 25%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 38%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 90%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 83%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 9%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 76%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 24%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 90%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 90%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 23%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 61%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 55%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 86%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 85%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 84%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 36%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 83%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 5%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 17%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 17%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 62%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 17%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 17%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 35%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 21%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 44%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 91%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 77%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 87%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 53%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 76%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 40%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 71%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 27%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 20%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 21%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 33%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 17%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 83%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 19%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 19%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 17%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 83%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 87%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 23%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 21%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 19%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 17%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 77%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 23%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 90%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 73%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 77%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 90%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 84%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 49%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 17%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 17%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 22%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 28%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 3%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 35%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 86%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 90%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 62%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 79%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 77%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 76%
AZ U.S. House 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 51%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 21%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 30%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 95%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 82%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 26%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 48%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 47%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 26%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 87%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 77%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 78%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 24%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 13%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 30%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 95%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 74%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 7%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 39%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 13%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 46%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 73%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 25%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 79%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 69%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 29%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 77%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 18%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 67%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 78%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 22%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 13%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 62%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 61%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 81%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 89%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 27%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 3%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 93%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 92%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 90%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 51%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 30%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 19%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 24%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 71%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 89%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 69%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 34%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 52%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 85%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 22%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 3%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 48%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 78%
IL U.S. House 18 Aaron Schock Republican 67%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 41%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 28%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 88%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 73%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 82%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 19%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 78%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 87%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 82%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 90%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 67%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 9%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 5%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 6%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 18%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 34%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 38%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 15%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 15%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 23%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 9%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 17%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 9%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 23%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 79%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 76%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 74%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 20%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 77%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 21%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 20%

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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