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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: State PIRGs Working Together

2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 86%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 85%
Todd Akin 10%
Rodney Alexander 24%
Wayne Allard 10%
George Allen 0%
Thomas Allen 76%
Rob Andrews 81%
Joe Baca, Sr. 52%
Brian Baird 81%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
J. Gresham Barrett 5%
Roscoe Bartlett 19%
Charlie Bass 19%
Max Baucus 60%
Evan Bayh 65%
Bob Beauprez 5%
Bob Bennett 0%
Shelley Berkley 62%
Howard Berman 76%
Marion Berry 38%
Judy Biggert 14%
Michael Bilirakis 14%
Jeff Bingaman 80%
Sherwood Boehlert 57%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 5%
Leonard Boswell 57%
Rick Boucher 52%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 38%
Henry Brown, Jr. 5%
Ginny Brown-Waite 5%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 5%
Dan Burton 19%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 80%
Chris Cannon 5%
Eric Cantor 0%
Dennis Cardoza 43%
Julia Carson 86%
Edward Case 76%
Mike Castle 48%
Chris Chocola 5%
Hillary Clinton 95%
Norm Coleman 15%
Kent Conrad 65%
Jon Corzine 95%
Jerry Costello 67%
Christopher Cox 5%
Larry Craig 5%
Robert Cramer 19%
Barbara Cubin 5%
Randall Cunningham 10%
Artur Davis 52%
James Davis 76%
Jo Ann Davis 14%
Lincoln Davis 43%
Thomas Davis III 29%
Bill Delahunt 95%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 5%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 14%
Norm Dicks 76%
Chris Dodd 90%
Elizabeth Dole 15%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
John Doolittle 10%
Byron Dorgan 60%
David Dreier 5%
Chet Edwards 29%
Vern Ehlers 52%
Jo Ann Emerson 5%
Philip English 0%
John Ensign 10%
Bob Etheridge 71%
Lane Evans 86%
Terry Everett 5%
Tom Feeney 10%
Russ Feingold 90%
Michael Ferguson 14%
Bob Filner 95%
Mark Foley 14%
Harold Ford, Jr. 76%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 10%
Barney Frank 86%
William Frist 5%
Elton Gallegly 5%
Jim Gibbons 10%
Wayne Gilchrest 48%
Paul Gillmor 10%
Charlie Gonzalez 62%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 5%
Bart Gordon 48%
Mark Green 29%
Judd Gregg 50%
Gilbert Gutknecht 10%
Jane Harman 90%
Katherine Harris 10%
Melissa Hart 0%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 10%
Joel Hefley 19%
Wally Herger, Jr. 5%
Maurice Hinchey 90%
David Lee Hobson 0%
Pete Hoekstra 10%
Thomas Holden 62%
Darlene Hooley 76%
John Nathan Hostettler 5%
Kenny Hulshof 5%
Duncan Hunter 5%
Kay Hutchison 5%
Henry Hyde 5%
Daniel Inouye 55%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 48%
James Merrill Jeffords 95%
William Lewis Jenkins 14%
Nancy Johnson 52%
Tim Johnson 52%
Paul Kanjorski 62%
Ric Keller 10%
Sue Kelly 62%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 95%
Mark Kennedy 19%
Patrick Kennedy 90%
Dale Kildee 90%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 67%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
Herb Kohl 80%
James Kolbe 0%
Dennis Kucinich 90%
Jon Kyl 5%
Ray LaHood 24%
Tom Lantos 90%
Steve LaTourette 14%
Frank Lautenberg 95%
James Leach 67%
Jerry Lewis 0%
Ron Lewis 5%
Joe Lieberman 55%
Blanche Lincoln 35%
John Linder 5%
Trent Lott, Sr. 5%
Dick Lugar 10%
Don Manzullo 0%
Jim Marshall 52%
Robert Matsui 86%
Thaddeus McCotter 0%
James McCrery III 5%
John McHugh 14%
Michael McNulty 100%
Martin Meehan 90%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 67%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 71%
Brad Miller 86%
Alan Mollohan 38%
Dennis Moore 71%
Jack Murtha 38%
Marilyn Musgrave 5%
Sue Myrick 5%
Ben Nelson 30%
Robert William Ney 5%
Anne Northup 10%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 5%
James Nussle 0%
Jim Oberstar 76%
Dave Obey 90%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 29%
Thomas William Osborne 0%
Major Owens 100%
Michael Oxley 0%
Ron Paul 19%
Donald Payne 90%
John Peterson 0%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 0%
Todd Platts 24%
Richard Pombo 5%
Earl Pomeroy 48%
Jon Porter, Sr. 10%
Deborah Pryce 0%
George Radanovich 5%
James Ramstad 48%
Ralph Regula 0%
Denny Rehberg 0%
Richard Renzi 10%
Silvestre Reyes 48%
Thomas Reynolds 5%
Mike Ross 43%
Steve Rothman 86%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 90%
Rick Santorum 0%
Paul Sarbanes 90%
Jim Saxton 52%

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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