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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: CNET News

2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 50%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 38%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 60%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 25%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 33%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 47%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 31%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 63%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 38%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 31%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 56%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 56%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 50%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 38%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 73%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 27%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 44%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 47%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 47%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 44%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 50%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 37%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 25%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 45%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 33%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 47%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 38%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 50%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 50%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 53%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 25%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 45%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 32%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 47%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 40%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 33%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 60%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 50%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 60%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 60%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 44%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 31%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 32%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 38%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 67%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 42%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 33%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 40%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 56%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 42%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 47%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 67%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 42%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 47%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 61%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 58%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 36%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 65%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 45%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 26%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 45%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 50%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 40%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 53%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 35%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 43%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 44%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 42%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 50%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 29%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 38%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 55%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 47%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 39%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 13%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 35%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 38%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 50%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 42%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 58%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 35%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 38%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 44%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 45%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 37%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 47%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 25%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 45%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 25%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 60%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 44%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 43%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 50%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 45%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 40%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 42%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 63%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 45%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 50%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 58%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 42%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 31%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 30%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 38%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 38%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 40%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 37%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 33%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 42%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 25%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 29%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 25%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 47%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 36%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 35%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 35%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 50%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 42%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 50%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 65%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 58%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 53%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 42%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 58%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 56%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 58%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 53%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 47%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 55%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 35%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 25%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 53%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 33%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 47%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 14%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 53%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 53%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 30%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 30%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 38%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 38%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 39%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 25%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 50%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 50%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 38%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 33%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 40%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 40%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 36%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 42%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 43%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 57%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 47%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 44%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 47%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 38%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 45%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 62%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 40%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 42%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 58%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 42%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 38%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 39%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 65%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 45%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 59%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 50%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 45%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 50%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 47%

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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