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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Conservative Composite Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 96%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 94%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 94%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 94%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 94%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 94%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 94%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 94%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 94%
Ben Quayle 94%
FL U.S. House 15 Dennis Ross Republican 94%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 92%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 92%
Ann Marie Buerkle 91%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 91%
KS U.S. House 4 Mike Pompeo Republican 91%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 91%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 91%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 90%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 90%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 90%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 90%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 90%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 89%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 89%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 89%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 89%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 89%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 89%
IN U.S. House 3 Marlin Stutzman Republican 89%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 89%
Dan Burton 87%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 87%
Sandy Adams 87%
Frank Guinta 87%
James DeMint 86%
Wally Herger, Jr. 86%
VA U.S. House 5 Robert Hurt Republican 86%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 86%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 86%
Jeff Landry 86%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 86%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 86%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 86%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 85%
CO U.S. House 4 Cory Gardner Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 85%
FL U.S. House 2 Steve Southerland Republican 85%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 85%
OH U.S. House 6 Bill Johnson Republican 85%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 85%
MI U.S. House 2 Bill Huizenga Republican 84%
KS U.S. House 3 Kevin Yoder Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 84%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 84%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 84%
CO U.S. House 3 Scott Tipton Republican 84%
MO U.S. House 7 Billy Long Republican 84%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 83%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 83%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 83%
Francisco Canseco 83%
MS U.S. House 4 Steven Palazzo Republican 83%
MS U.S. House 1 Alan Nunnelee Republican 83%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 82%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 82%
Jean Schmidt 82%
FL U.S. House 10 Daniel Webster Republican 82%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 82%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 82%
OK U.S. House 5 James Lankford Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 81%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 81%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 81%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 81%
AZ U.S. House 6 David Schweikert Republican 81%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 81%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 81%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 81%
AL U.S. House 2 Martha Roby Republican 81%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 81%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 81%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 80%
KS U.S. House 1 Tim Huelskamp Republican 80%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 80%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 80%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 80%
Jon Kyl 80%
Sue Myrick 80%
WI U.S. House 8 Reid Ribble Republican 80%
IN U.S. House 9 Todd Young Republican 80%
SC U.S. House 4 Harold Gowdy III Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 80%
SC U.S. Senate Jr Tim Scott Republican 80%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 80%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 79%
MO U.S. House 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 79%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 79%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 79%
OH U.S. House 16 Jim Renacci Republican 79%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 79%
AR U.S. House 3 Steve Womack Republican 79%
Steve Austria 79%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 79%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 79%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 79%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 78%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 78%
AR U.S. House 2 Tim Griffin Republican 78%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 78%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 78%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 78%
GA U.S. House 8 Austin Scott Republican 77%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 77%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 77%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 77%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 77%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 77%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 77%
PA U.S. House 10 Tom Marino Republican 77%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 77%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 77%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 77%
MI U.S. House 1 Dan Benishek Republican 77%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 76%
FL U.S. House 11 Rich Nugent Republican 76%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 76%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 76%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 76%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 76%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 75%
IL U.S. House 14 Randy Hultgren Republican 75%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 75%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 75%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 75%
Todd Akin 75%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 75%
Kay Hutchison 75%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 75%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 75%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 75%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 75%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 74%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 74%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 74%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 74%
Elton Gallegly 74%
Don Manzullo 74%
IN U.S. House 4 Todd Rokita Republican 74%
WY U.S. House At-Large Cynthia Lummis Republican 74%
Dan Lungren 74%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 73%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 73%
SD U.S. House At-Large Kristi Noem Republican 73%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 73%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 72%
PA U.S. House 3 Mike Kelly Republican 72%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 72%
SC U.S. House 5 Michael Mulvaney Republican 72%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 72%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 71%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 71%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 71%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 70%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 70%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 70%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 70%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 69%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 69%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 69%
David Rivera 69%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 69%
Thaddeus McCotter 69%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 68%
Jerry Lewis 68%
Rick Berg 68%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 68%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 68%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 68%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 68%
John Sullivan 68%
Dick Lugar 68%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 67%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 67%
Cliff Stearns 67%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 67%
MD U.S. House 1 Andy Harris Republican 67%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 67%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 67%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 67%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 67%

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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