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Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Conservative Composite Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 27%
Sandy Adams 87%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 14%
Todd Akin 75%
Rodney Alexander 65%
Jason Altmire 44%
Rob Andrews 27%
Steve Austria 79%
Joe Baca, Sr. 35%
Roscoe Bartlett 55%
Charlie Bass 47%
Max Baucus 36%
Rick Berg 68%
Shelley Berkley 35%
Howard Berman 15%
Judy Biggert 54%
Brian Bilbray 54%
Jeff Bingaman 26%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 71%
Mary Bono Mack 64%
Dan Boren 46%
Leonard Boswell 38%
Scott Brown 55%
Ann Marie Buerkle 91%
Dan Burton 87%
Francisco Canseco 83%
Eric Cantor 80%
Dennis Cardoza 41%
Russ Carnahan 30%
Ben Chandler III 42%
Hansen Clarke 7%
Kent Conrad 31%
Jerry Costello 40%
Chip Cravaack 64%
Mark Critz 40%
Geoff Davis 64%
James DeMint 86%
Norm Dicks 29%
Robert Dold 47%
David Dreier 63%
Jo Ann Emerson 56%
Bob Filner 7%
Barney Frank 9%
Elton Gallegly 74%
Charlie Gonzalez 33%
Frank Guinta 87%
Nan Hayworth 53%
Wally Herger, Jr. 86%
Maurice Hinchey 15%
Thomas Holden 43%
Kay Hutchison 75%
Daniel Inouye 26%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 7%
Tim Johnson 46%
Dale Kildee 25%
Larry Kissell 41%
Herb Kohl 30%
Dennis Kucinich 11%
Jon Kyl 80%
Jeff Landry 86%
Steve LaTourette 46%
Frank Lautenberg 19%
Jerry Lewis 68%
Joe Lieberman 42%
Dick Lugar 68%
Dan Lungren 74%
Connie Mack IV 62%
Don Manzullo 74%
Thaddeus McCotter 69%
Brad Miller 29%
Sue Myrick 80%
Ben Nelson 51%
John Olver 7%
Ron Paul 46%
Donald Payne 7%
Todd Platts 52%
Ben Quayle 94%
Denny Rehberg 57%
Silvestre Reyes 36%
Laura Richardson 23%
David Rivera 69%
Mike Ross 46%
Steve Rothman 28%
Bobby Schilling 61%
Jean Schmidt 82%
Heath Shuler 41%
Olympia Snowe 55%
Pete Stark 7%
Cliff Stearns 67%
John Sullivan 68%
Betty Sutton 20%
Ed Towns 10%
Joe Walsh 67%
Mel Watt 12%
Jim Webb, Jr. 35%
Allen West 63%
Lynn Woolsey 7%
David Wu 26%
Bill Young 59%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 9%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 43%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 14%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 32%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 31%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 26%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 17%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 31%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 15%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 18%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 19%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 26%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 15%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 28%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 30%
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%
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%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 27%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 26%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 7%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 12%
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%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 11%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 34%
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%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 41%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 16%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 42%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 15%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 10%
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%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 24%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 35%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 18%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 43%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 15%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 14%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 14%
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%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 9%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 40%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 16%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 29%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 17%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 15%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 17%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 31%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 32%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 29%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 9%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 7%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 29%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 27%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 31%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 24%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 22%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 17%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 27%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 30%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 28%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 25%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 39%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 39%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 32%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 35%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 15%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 7%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 41%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 28%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 9%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 40%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 26%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 25%

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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