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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: State PIRGs Working Together

2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 77%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Wayne Allard 5%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 68%
Joe Baca, Sr. 55%
Brian Baird 91%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 27%
Max Baucus 55%
Evan Bayh 77%
Melissa Bean 77%
Bob Bennett 0%
Shelley Berkley 95%
Howard Berman 95%
Marion Berry 55%
Judy Biggert 18%
Jeff Bingaman 64%
Kit Bond 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 9%
Mary Bono Mack 5%
Dan Boren 23%
Leonard Boswell 45%
Rick Boucher 55%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 68%
Henry Brown, Jr. 5%
Ginny Brown-Waite 9%
Jim Bunning 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 64%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 5%
Dennis Cardoza 59%
Russ Carnahan 95%
Julia Carson 86%
Mike Castle 59%
Ben Chandler III 77%
Hillary Clinton 91%
Norm Coleman 36%
Kent Conrad 55%
Jerry Costello 73%
Larry Craig 5%
Robert Cramer 27%
Barbara Cubin 5%
Artur Davis 55%
Geoff Davis 5%
Jo Ann Davis 9%
Lincoln Davis 36%
Thomas Davis III 23%
Bill Delahunt 91%
James DeMint 14%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 14%
Norm Dicks 91%
Chris Dodd 86%
Elizabeth Dole 5%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 5%
John Doolittle 5%
Byron Dorgan 64%
Thelma Drake 5%
David Dreier 5%
Chet Edwards 36%
Vern Ehlers 45%
Jo Ann Emerson 9%
Philip English 5%
John Ensign 9%
Bob Etheridge 82%
Terry Everett 0%
Tom Feeney 9%
Russ Feingold 95%
Michael Ferguson 18%
Bob Filner 95%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 9%
Barney Frank 100%
Elton Gallegly 9%
Wayne Gilchrest 45%
Paul Gillmor 9%
Charlie Gonzalez 55%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 14%
Bart Gordon 59%
Judd Gregg 27%
Jane Harman 68%
Robert Hayes 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 55%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
David Lee Hobson 9%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Thomas Holden 45%
Darlene Hooley 95%
Kenny Hulshof 0%
Duncan Hunter 5%
Kay Hutchison 5%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 23%
Daniel Inouye 68%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 50%
Tim Johnson 64%
Paul Kanjorski 64%
Ric Keller 14%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 95%
Dale Kildee 91%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 86%
Joseph Knollenberg 5%
Herb Kohl 68%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
John Kuhl, Jr. 0%
Jon Kyl 9%
Ray LaHood 27%
Tom Lantos 95%
Steve LaTourette 18%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Jerry Lewis 5%
Ron Lewis 0%
Joe Lieberman 64%
Blanche Lincoln 55%
John Linder 5%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Dick Lugar 14%
Dan Lungren 0%
Connie Mack IV 18%
Don Manzullo 0%
Jim Marshall 64%
Melquiades Martinez 14%
Thaddeus McCotter 9%
James McCrery III 0%
John McHugh 14%
Michael McNulty 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 86%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 27%
Brad Miller 95%
Alan Mollohan 55%
Dennis Moore 73%
Jack Murtha 45%
Marilyn Musgrave 0%
Sue Myrick 0%
Ben Nelson 18%
Jim Oberstar 91%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 95%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 32%
Ron Paul 27%
Donald Payne 86%
John Peterson 0%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 0%
Todd Platts 36%
Earl Pomeroy 50%
Jon Porter, Sr. 0%
Deborah Pryce 5%
George Radanovich 5%
James Ramstad 59%
Ralph Regula 5%
Denny Rehberg 9%
Richard Renzi 0%
Silvestre Reyes 32%
Thomas Reynolds 9%
Mike Ross 45%
Steve Rothman 86%
Ken Salazar 68%
Jim Saxton 59%
John Shadegg 0%
Christopher Shays 64%
Ike Skelton 64%
Gordon Smith 41%
Olympia Snowe 64%
Vic Snyder 82%
Hilda Solis 95%
Mark Souder 0%
Arlen Specter 36%
John Spratt, Jr. 91%
Pete Stark 95%
Cliff Stearns 5%
Ted Stevens 0%
Bart Stupak 82%
John Sullivan 0%
John Sununu 36%
Tom Tancredo 5%
John Tanner 55%
Ellen Tauscher 86%
Gene Taylor 59%
Craig Thomas 5%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
Ed Towns 50%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 86%
George Voinovich 5%
James Walsh 18%
Zach Wamp 14%
John Warner 9%
Diane Watson 95%
Mel Watt 95%
Anthony Weiner 100%
David Weldon 9%
Gerald Weller 0%
Robert Wexler 100%
Heather Wilson 18%

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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