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Rating Group: Heritage Action for America

2011-2012 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 16%
Sandy Adams 83%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 3%
Todd Akin 82%
Rodney Alexander 48%
Jason Altmire 17%
Rob Andrews 13%
Steve Austria 61%
Joe Baca, Sr. 5%
Roscoe Bartlett 68%
Charlie Bass 45%
Max Baucus 9%
Rick Berg 57%
Shelley Berkley 13%
Howard Berman 18%
Judy Biggert 47%
Brian Bilbray 52%
Jeff Bingaman 6%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 50%
Mary Bono Mack 53%
Dan Boren 37%
Leonard Boswell 14%
Scott Brown 39%
Ann Marie Buerkle 74%
Dan Burton 87%
Francisco Canseco 73%
Eric Cantor 55%
Dennis Cardoza 15%
Russ Carnahan 12%
Ben Chandler III 22%
Hansen Clarke 13%
William Clay, Sr. 10%
Kent Conrad 6%
Jerry Costello 20%
Chip Cravaack 54%
Mark Critz 18%
Geoff Davis 56%
James DeMint 99%
Norm Dicks 12%
Robert Dold 40%
David Dreier 52%
Jo Ann Emerson 46%
Bob Filner 16%
Barney Frank 17%
Elton Gallegly 55%
Gabrielle Giffords 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 18%
Frank Guinta 68%
Nan Hayworth 49%
Wally Herger, Jr. 76%
Maurice Hinchey 13%
Kathy Hochul 10%
Thomas Holden 15%
Duncan Hunter 73%
Kay Hutchison 62%
Daniel Inouye 5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 13%
Tim Johnson 51%
Dale Kildee 7%
Larry Kissell 17%
Herb Kohl 9%
Dennis Kucinich 23%
Jon Kyl 77%
Jeff Landry 81%
Steve LaTourette 35%
Frank Lautenberg 9%
Jerry Lewis 54%
Joe Lieberman 7%
Dick Lugar 61%
Dan Lungren 52%
Connie Mack IV 85%
Don Manzullo 77%
Thaddeus McCotter 62%
Brad Miller 11%
Sue Myrick 67%
Ben Nelson 20%
John Olver 15%
Ron Paul 75%
Donald Payne 12%
Todd Platts 45%
Ben Quayle 93%
Denny Rehberg 53%
Silvestre Reyes 17%
Laura Richardson 13%
David Rivera 46%
Mike Ross 33%
Steve Rothman 12%
Bobby Schilling 56%
Jean Schmidt 73%
Heath Shuler 18%
Olympia Snowe 35%
Pete Stark 19%
Cliff Stearns 81%
John Sullivan 68%
Betty Sutton 13%
Ed Towns 11%
Bob Turner 45%
Joe Walsh 93%
Mel Watt 13%
Jim Webb, Jr. 10%
Allen West 70%
Lynn Woolsey 19%
Bill Young 57%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 16%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 26%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 16%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 6%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 10%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 8%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 19%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 1%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 3%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 11%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 9%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 10%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 3%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 11%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 11%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 15%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 4%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 11%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 8%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 11%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 3%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 15%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 14%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 13%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 10%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 15%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 17%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 15%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 4%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 27%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 22%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 10%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 24%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 13%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 20%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 16%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 14%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 9%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 16%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 23%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 13%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 12%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 6%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 18%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 13%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 20%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 16%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 16%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 20%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 13%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 6%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 14%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 9%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 14%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 11%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 9%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 16%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 14%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 10%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 18%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 12%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 6%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 16%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 8%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 6%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 17%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 11%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 10%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 13%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 15%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 18%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 7%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 14%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 14%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 17%

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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