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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: CNET News

2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 50%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 50%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 33%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 38%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 40%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 60%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 33%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 40%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 36%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 50%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 60%
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. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 60%
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 4 Ralph Hall Republican 42%
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. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 44%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 45%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 50%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 50%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 47%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 55%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 58%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 45%
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%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 50%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 63%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 25%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 58%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 14%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 65%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 53%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 42%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 50%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 38%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 50%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 55%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 31%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 33%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 42%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 40%
Gary Ackerman 61%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 14%
Todd Akin 38%
Rodney Alexander 33%
Wayne Allard 53%
George Allen 78%
Thomas Allen 45%
Rob Andrews 50%
Joe Baca, Sr. 53%
Brian Baird 53%
Richard Hugh Baker 47%
J. Gresham Barrett 45%
Roscoe Bartlett 42%
Charlie Bass 45%
Max Baucus 31%
Evan Bayh 55%
Melissa Bean 43%
Bob Beauprez 42%
Bob Bennett 43%
Shelley Berkley 53%
Howard Berman 63%
Marion Berry 32%
Judy Biggert 47%
Brian Bilbray 67%
Michael Bilirakis 45%
Jeff Bingaman 38%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
Kit Bond 44%
Henry Bonilla 45%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 36%
Mary Bono Mack 45%
Dan Boren 38%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 50%
Henry Brown, Jr. 43%
Ginny Brown-Waite 45%
Jim Bunning 60%
Conrad Burns 38%
Dan Burton 41%
Steve Buyer 50%
Robert Byrd 31%
Chris Cannon 61%
Eric Cantor 38%
Dennis Cardoza 42%
Russ Carnahan 50%
Julia Carson 39%
Edward Case 50%
Mike Castle 42%
Ben Chandler III 55%
Chris Chocola 42%
Hillary Clinton 33%
Norm Coleman 60%
Kent Conrad 38%
Jon Corzine 44%
Jerry Costello 32%
Larry Craig 56%
Robert Cramer 56%
Barbara Cubin 47%
Artur Davis 55%
Geoff Davis 13%
James Davis 50%
Jo Ann Davis 36%
Lincoln Davis 55%
Thomas Davis III 55%
Bill Delahunt 53%
James DeMint 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 50%
Norm Dicks 53%
Chris Dodd 33%
Elizabeth Dole 60%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 50%
John Doolittle 53%
Byron Dorgan 31%
Thelma Drake 25%
David Dreier 60%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 55%
Jo Ann Emerson 45%
Philip English 61%
John Ensign 67%
Bob Etheridge 55%
Lane Evans 39%
Terry Everett 42%
Tom Feeney 60%
Russ Feingold 38%
Michael Ferguson 46%
Bob Filner 58%
Mark Foley 60%
Harold Ford, Jr. 61%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 61%
Barney Frank 50%
William Frist 44%
Elton Gallegly 50%
Jim Gibbons 65%
Wayne Gilchrest 47%
Paul Gillmor 47%
Charlie Gonzalez 63%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 35%
Bart Gordon 45%
Mark Green 56%
Judd Gregg 53%
Gilbert Gutknecht 55%
Jane Harman 56%
Katherine Harris 50%
Melissa Hart 44%
Robert Hayes 37%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 53%
Joel Hefley 42%
Wally Herger, Jr. 50%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 33%
Maurice Hinchey 41%
David Lee Hobson 47%
Pete Hoekstra 45%
Thomas Holden 50%
Darlene Hooley 45%
John Nathan Hostettler 37%
Kenny Hulshof 58%
Duncan Hunter 25%
Kay Hutchison 38%
Henry Hyde 45%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 44%
Daniel Inouye 42%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 64%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 30%
William Jefferson 56%
James Merrill Jeffords 44%
William Lewis Jenkins 65%
Nancy Johnson 50%
Tim Johnson 50%
Paul Kanjorski 30%

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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