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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%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 14%
Todd Akin 75%
Rodney Alexander 65%
Jason Altmire 44%
Rob Andrews 27%
Steve Austria 79%
Joe Baca, Sr. 35%
Michele Bachmann 77%
Spencer Bachus 61%
John Barrow 43%
Roscoe Bartlett 55%
Charlie Bass 47%
Max Baucus 36%
Mark Begich 32%
Rick Berg 68%
Shelley Berkley 35%
Howard Berman 15%
Judy Biggert 54%
Brian Bilbray 54%
Jeff Bingaman 26%
Tim Bishop 26%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 71%
Mary Bono Mack 64%
Dan Boren 46%
Leonard Boswell 38%
Bruce Braley 19%
Paul Broun 62%
Scott Brown 55%
Ann Marie Buerkle 91%
Dan Burton 87%
Dave Camp 69%
John Campbell III 53%
Francisco Canseco 83%
Eric Cantor 80%
Dennis Cardoza 41%
Russ Carnahan 30%
Saxby Chambliss 77%
Ben Chandler III 42%
Hansen Clarke 7%
Howard Coble 65%
Thomas Coburn 96%
Kent Conrad 31%
Jerry Costello 40%
Chip Cravaack 64%
Mark Critz 40%
Geoff Davis 64%
James DeMint 86%
Norm Dicks 29%
John Dingell 35%
David Dreier 63%
Jo Ann Emerson 56%
Bob Filner 7%
Barney Frank 9%
Elton Gallegly 74%
Jim Gerlach 56%
Phil Gingrey 94%
Charlie Gonzalez 33%
Michael Grimm 50%
Kay Hagan 29%
Ralph Hall 80%
Colleen Hanabusa 17%
Tom Harkin 15%
Doc Hastings 78%
Nan Hayworth 53%
Wally Herger, Jr. 86%
Maurice Hinchey 15%
Thomas Holden 43%
Rush Holt, Jr. 11%
Kay Hutchison 75%
Daniel Inouye 26%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 7%
Mike Johanns 65%
Timothy Johnson 27%
Tim Johnson 46%
Dale Kildee 25%
Jack Kingston 67%
Larry Kissell 41%
Herb Kohl 30%
Dennis Kucinich 11%
Jon Kyl 80%
Mary Landrieu 39%
Jeff Landry 86%
Tom Latham 66%
Steve LaTourette 46%
Frank Lautenberg 19%
Carl Levin 41%
Jerry Lewis 68%
Joe Lieberman 42%
Dick Lugar 68%
Dan Lungren 74%
Connie Mack IV 62%
Don Manzullo 74%
Jim Matheson 46%
Carolyn McCarthy 34%
Thaddeus McCotter 69%
Mike McIntyre 44%
Buck McKeon 70%
Mike Michaud 28%
Gary Miller 87%
George Miller 10%
Brad Miller 29%
Jim Moran, Jr. 24%
Sue Myrick 80%
Ben Nelson 51%
Alan Nunnelee 83%
John Olver 7%
Bill Owens 40%
Ed Pastor 22%
Ron Paul 46%
Donald Payne 7%
Tom Petri 55%
Todd Platts 52%
Mark Pryor 49%
Ben Quayle 94%
Nick Rahall II 41%
Denny Rehberg 57%
Silvestre Reyes 36%
Laura Richardson 23%
David Rivera 69%
Jay Rockefeller IV 17%
Mike Rogers 81%
Mike Ross 46%
Steve Rothman 28%
Jon Runyan 62%
Bobby Schilling 61%
Jean Schmidt 82%
Aaron Schock 62%
Allyson Schwartz 30%
Heath Shuler 41%
Olympia Snowe 55%
Steve Southerland 85%
Pete Stark 7%
Cliff Stearns 67%
John Sullivan 68%
Betty Sutton 20%
Lee Terry 77%
John Tierney 9%
Ed Towns 10%
Mark Udall 28%
Joe Walsh 67%
Mel Watt 12%
Henry Waxman 10%
Jim Webb, Jr. 35%
Allen West 63%
Frank Wolf 53%
Lynn Woolsey 7%
David Wu 26%
Bill Young 59%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 14%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 31%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
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%
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%
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 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%

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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