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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Heritage Action for America

2011-2012 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 77%
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 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 79%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 57%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 51%
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%
NH U.S. House 1 Frank Guinta Republican 68%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 7%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 40%
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%
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 2 Pete King Republican 42%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 9%
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 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, Working Families 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 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%
NY Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Democratic, Independence, Working Families, Women's Equality 10%
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 James Lankford Republican 74%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 50%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 52%
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 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 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 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 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%
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 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 54%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 17%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 4%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 9%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 13%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 8%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 7%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 13%
WA U.S. House 3 Jaime Herrera Beutler Republican 56%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 55%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 19%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 40%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 17%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 16%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 94%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 16%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 74%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 17%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 14%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 76%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 60%
WI U.S. House 8 Reid Ribble Republican 77%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 13%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 48%
WV U.S. House 1 David McKinley Republican 43%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 77%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 75%
WY U.S. House At-Large Cynthia Lummis Republican 73%
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%
Michele Bachmann 91%
Spencer Bachus 58%
John Barrow 26%
Roscoe Bartlett 68%
Charlie Bass 45%
Max Baucus 9%
Mark Begich 6%
Rick Berg 57%
Shelley Berkley 13%

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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