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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Conservative Composite Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 27%
Sandy Adams 87%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 79%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 14%
Todd Akin 75%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 67%
Rodney Alexander 65%
Jason Altmire 44%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 46%
Rob Andrews 27%
Steve Austria 79%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 81%
Joe Baca, Sr. 35%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 77%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 61%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 9%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 65%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 89%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 43%
Roscoe Bartlett 55%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 81%
Charlie Bass 47%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 10%
Max Baucus 36%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 14%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 32%
MI U.S. House 1 Dan Benishek Republican 77%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 31%
Rick Berg 68%
Shelley Berkley 35%
Howard Berman 15%
Judy Biggert 54%
Brian Bilbray 54%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 74%
Jeff Bingaman 26%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 68%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 26%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 94%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 85%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 17%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 31%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 64%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 71%
Mary Bono Mack 64%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 79%
Dan Boren 46%
Leonard Boswell 38%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 77%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 15%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 81%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 18%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 19%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 70%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 62%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 26%
Scott Brown 55%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 15%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 66%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 81%
Ann Marie Buerkle 91%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 84%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 89%
Dan Burton 87%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 28%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 73%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 69%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 53%
Francisco Canseco 83%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 80%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 30%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 56%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 19%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 7%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 17%
Dennis Cardoza 41%
Russ Carnahan 30%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 35%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 30%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 18%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 92%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 27%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 68%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 26%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 90%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 77%
Ben Chandler III 42%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 7%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 12%
Hansen Clarke 7%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 9%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 7%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 10%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 77%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 65%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 96%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 63%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 83%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 11%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 57%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 54%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 89%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 34%
Kent Conrad 31%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 12%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 23%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 42%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 79%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 41%
Jerry Costello 40%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 30%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 91%
Chip Cravaack 64%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 75%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 69%
Mark Critz 40%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 16%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 42%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 74%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 15%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 10%
Geoff Davis 64%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 28%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 33%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 12%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 11%
James DeMint 86%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 81%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 54%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 73%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 24%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 54%
Norm Dicks 29%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 35%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 18%
Robert Dold 47%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 43%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 15%
David Dreier 63%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 64%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 75%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 54%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 14%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 7%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 91%
Jo Ann Emerson 56%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 20%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 14%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 68%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 20%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 20%
Bob Filner 7%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 94%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 48%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 79%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 90%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 89%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 75%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 50%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 82%
Barney Frank 9%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 19%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 76%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 55%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 13%
Elton Gallegly 74%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 9%
CO U.S. House 4 Cory Gardner Republican 85%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 69%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 56%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 89%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 49%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 11%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 73%
Charlie Gonzalez 33%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 78%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 80%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 80%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 61%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 75%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 79%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 67%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 71%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 40%
AR U.S. House 2 Tim Griffin Republican 78%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 58%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 11 Michael Grimm Republican 50%
Frank Guinta 87%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 72%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 16%

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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