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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Heritage Action for America

2011-2012 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 14%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 59%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 7%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 15%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 13%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 4%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 3%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 64%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 63%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 16%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 91%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 11%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 64%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 55%
MO U.S. House 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 67%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 13%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 57%
MO U.S. House 7 Billy Long Republican 75%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 60%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 65%
MS U.S. House 1 Alan Nunnelee Republican 71%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 11%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 54%
MS U.S. House 4 Steven Palazzo Republican 59%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 4%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 6%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 77%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 4%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 11%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 58%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 62%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 14%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 80%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 63%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 35%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 79%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 57%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 67%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 51%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 61%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 60%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 7%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 74%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 7%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 3 Jon Runyan Republican 43%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 90%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 13%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 56%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 12%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 13%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 44%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 11%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 3%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 13%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 72%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 10%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 4%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 75%
NV U.S. House 2 Mark Amodei Republican 64%
NV U.S. House 3 Joe Heck, Jr. Republican 54%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 4%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 42%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 11 Michael Grimm Republican 41%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 39%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 21 Bill Owens Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 22 Richard Hanna Republican 45%
NY U.S. House 23 Tom Reed II Republican 54%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 9%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 3%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 70%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 82%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 95%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 69%
OH U.S. House 6 Bill Johnson Republican 55%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 58%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 16%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 59%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 14%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 52%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 17%
OH U.S. House 15 Steve Stivers Republican 47%
OH U.S. House 16 Jim Renacci Republican 52%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 86%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 89%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 50%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 52%
OK U.S. House 5 James Lankford Republican 74%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 7%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic, Independent 15%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 53%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 19%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 20%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 14%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 3%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 88%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 11%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 12%
PA U.S. House 3 Mike Kelly Republican 50%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 49%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 47%
PA U.S. House 7 Pat Meehan Republican 44%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 47%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 50%
PA U.S. House 10 Tom Marino Republican 54%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 47%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 12%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 13%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 45%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 73%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 61%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 4%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 3%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 12%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 10%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 73%
SC U.S. Senate Jr Tim Scott Republican 88%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 93%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 97%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 94%
SC U.S. House 5 Mick Mulvaney Republican 95%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 10%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 6%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 73%
SD U.S. House At-Large Kristi Noem Republican 60%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 55%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 75%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 63%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 66%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 74%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 69%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 27%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 79%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 80%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 73%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 15%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 74%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 62%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 77%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 74%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 13%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 65%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 57%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 70%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 77%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 10%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 87%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 61%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 72%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 68%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 24%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 18%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 61%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 64%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 16%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 91%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 99%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 72%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 92%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 42%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 10%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 60%
VA U.S. House 2 Scott Rigell Republican 70%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 16%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 62%
VA U.S. House 5 Robert Hurt Republican 69%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 68%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 15%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 54%

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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