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Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
Gary Ackerman 95%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Todd Akin 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 10%
Rodney Alexander 5%
Wayne Allard 5%
George Allen 10%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 90%
Joe Baca, Sr. 85%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 5%
Brian Baird 90%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 75%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 5%
Charlie Bass 15%
Max Baucus 75%
Evan Bayh 90%
Melissa Bean 80%
Bob Beauprez 5%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 10%
Shelley Berkley 90%
Howard Berman 95%
Marion Berry 75%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
Judy Biggert 15%
Michael Bilirakis 10%
Jeff Bingaman 85%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 90%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 95%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 5%
Sherwood Boehlert 25%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 5%
Kit Bond 10%
Henry Bonilla 5%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 5%
Mary Bono Mack 10%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 5%
Dan Boren 60%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 80%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 10%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 75%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
Henry Brown, Jr. 10%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 5%
Ginny Brown-Waite 10%
Jim Bunning 5%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 5%
Conrad Burns 10%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
Dan Burton 5%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 90%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 80%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 5%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 5%
Chris Cannon 5%
Eric Cantor 5%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 90%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
Dennis Cardoza 75%
Russ Carnahan 90%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 75%
Julia Carson 95%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 5%
Edward Case 75%
Mike Castle 25%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 5%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 55%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 5%
Ben Chandler III 75%
Chris Chocola 5%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 95%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 95%
Hillary Clinton 95%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 5%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 10%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 5%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 5%
Norm Coleman 25%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 5%
Kent Conrad 75%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 95%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 80%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 75%
Jerry Costello 80%
Larry Craig 10%
Robert Cramer 60%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 10%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 95%
Barbara Cubin 5%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 70%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
Artur Davis 80%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
Geoff Davis 10%
James Davis 85%
Jo Ann Davis 10%
Lincoln Davis 65%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 95%
Thomas Davis III 15%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 5%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
Bill Delahunt 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
Thomas DeLay 5%
James DeMint 5%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 15%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 35%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 15%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 5%
Norm Dicks 90%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
Chris Dodd 95%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
Elizabeth Dole 10%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 10%
John Doolittle 5%
Byron Dorgan 85%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 85%
Thelma Drake 5%
David Dreier 10%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
Chet Edwards 70%
Vern Ehlers 25%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 95%
Jo Ann Emerson 15%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
Philip English 10%
John Ensign 10%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
Bob Etheridge 85%
Lane Evans 95%
Terry Everett 5%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
Tom Feeney 0%
Russ Feingold 95%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
Michael Ferguson 15%
Bob Filner 95%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 25%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 10%
Mark Foley 15%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 5%
Harold Ford, Jr. 80%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 10%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 10%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
Barney Frank 95%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 15%
William Frist 5%
Elton Gallegly 5%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 20%
Jim Gibbons 10%
Wayne Gilchrest 25%
Paul Gillmor 10%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 5%
Charlie Gonzalez 85%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 10%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 5%
Bart Gordon 70%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 10%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 5%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 90%
Mark Green 10%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 80%

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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