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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: CNET News

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 33%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 50%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 41%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 29%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 33%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 33%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 38%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 63%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 35%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 41%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 83%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 36%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 55%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 33%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 80%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 35%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 62%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 44%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 44%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 67%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 44%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 50%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 41%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 33%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 59%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 29%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 38%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 45%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 20%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 44%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 41%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 60%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 33%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 80%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 67%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 35%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 40%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 62%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 67%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 60%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 44%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 63%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 40%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 38%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 40%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 50%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 33%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 50%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 40%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 50%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 41%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 41%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 60%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 59%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 82%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 67%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 40%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 38%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 40%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 53%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 33%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 44%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 80%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 46%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 65%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 36%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 61%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 35%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 56%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 31%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 56%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 56%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 33%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 67%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 61%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 83%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 25%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 31%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 53%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 28%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 43%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 67%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 50%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 57%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 50%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 36%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 41%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 29%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 83%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 61%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 43%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 53%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 83%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 33%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 50%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 62%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 47%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 50%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 35%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 47%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 33%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 67%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 33%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 43%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 61%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 61%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 60%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 60%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 56%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 60%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 56%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 83%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 61%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 38%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 82%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 33%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 67%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 46%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 33%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 53%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 47%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 53%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 56%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 36%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 38%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 36%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 33%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 44%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 53%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 29%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 53%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 60%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 56%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 39%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 40%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 29%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 63%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 69%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 53%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 56%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 76%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 59%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 56%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 65%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 57%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 44%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 50%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 33%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 61%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 33%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 47%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 57%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 33%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 29%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 44%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 61%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 53%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 64%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 29%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 59%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 36%

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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