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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2010 Conservative Composite Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Byron Dorgan 24%
David Dreier 80%
Steve Driehaus 45%
Chet Edwards 51%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Brad Ellsworth 49%
Jo Ann Emerson 76%
John Ensign 78%
Bob Etheridge 39%
Russ Feingold 34%
Bob Filner 22%
Barney Frank 7%
Elton Gallegly 79%
Gabrielle Giffords 53%
Charlie Gonzalez 32%
Bart Gordon 38%
Judd Gregg 65%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 77%
John Hall 23%
Debbie Halvorson 48%
Phil Hare 28%
Jane Harman 18%
Wally Herger, Jr. 94%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 53%
Baron Hill 48%
Maurice Hinchey 15%
Paul Hodes 42%
Thomas Holden 55%
Kay Hutchison 85%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 77%
Daniel Inouye 23%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 21%
Tim Johnson 62%
Steve Kagen 24%
Paul Kanjorski 44%
Patrick Kennedy 17%
Dale Kildee 25%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 28%
Mary Jo Kilroy 27%
Larry Kissell 44%
Ron Klein 37%
Herb Kohl 34%
Suzanne Kosmas 43%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 50%
Dennis Kucinich 25%
Jon Kyl 83%
Steve LaTourette 63%
Frank Lautenberg 20%
Chris Lee 69%
George LeMieux 77%
Jerry Lewis 92%
Joe Lieberman 53%
Blanche Lincoln 46%
John Linder 91%
Dick Lugar 64%
Dan Lungren 75%
Connie Mack IV 83%
Don Manzullo 82%
Betsy Markey 45%
Jim Marshall 58%
Thaddeus McCotter 73%
Michael McMahon 53%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 28%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 49%
Brad Miller 25%
Walt Minnick 57%
Harry Mitchell 56%
Alan Mollohan 38%
Dennis Moore 38%
Patrick Murphy 46%
Scott Murphy 42%
Sue Myrick 89%
Ben Nelson 58%
Glenn Nye III 55%
Jim Oberstar 12%
Dave Obey 12%
John Olver 3%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 48%
Ron Paul 68%
Donald Payne 25%
Tom Perriello 47%
Todd Platts 64%
Earl Pomeroy 46%
Denny Rehberg 81%
Silvestre Reyes 38%
Laura Richardson 27%
Ciro Rodriguez 36%
Mike Ross 54%
Steve Rothman 20%
Mark Schauer 41%
Jean Schmidt 95%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 28%
John Shadegg 91%
Heath Shuler 45%
Ike Skelton 54%
Olympia Snowe 63%
Vic Snyder 39%
Zack Space 55%
Arlen Specter 25%
John Spratt, Jr. 41%
Pete Stark 20%
Cliff Stearns 83%
Bart Stupak 27%
John Sullivan 87%
Betty Sutton 29%
John Tanner 55%
Gene Taylor 60%
Harry Teague 46%
Todd Tiahrt 92%
Ed Towns 10%
George Voinovich 61%
Diane Watson 14%
Mel Watt 21%
Jim Webb, Jr. 42%
Anthony Weiner 25%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 41%
Lynn Woolsey 10%
David Wu 44%
Bill Young 76%

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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