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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Committee for an Effective Congress

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 90%
Gary Ackerman 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 5%
Wayne Allard 5%
George Allen 10%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 90%
Joe Baca, Sr. 85%
Spencer Bachus 5%
Brian Baird 90%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
John Barrow 75%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
Charlie Bass 15%
Max Baucus 75%
Evan Bayh 90%
Melissa Bean 80%
Bob Beauprez 5%
Bob Bennett 10%
Shelley Berkley 90%
Howard Berman 95%
Marion Berry 75%
Judy Biggert 15%
Michael Bilirakis 10%
Jeff Bingaman 85%
Tim Bishop 90%
Sherwood Boehlert 25%
Kit Bond 10%
Henry Bonilla 5%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 5%
Mary Bono Mack 10%
Dan Boren 60%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 80%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 75%
Henry Brown, Jr. 10%
Ginny Brown-Waite 10%
Jim Bunning 5%
Conrad Burns 10%
Dan Burton 5%
Steve Buyer 5%
Robert Byrd 80%
Dave Camp 10%
John Campbell III 5%
Chris Cannon 5%
Eric Cantor 5%
Dennis Cardoza 75%
Russ Carnahan 90%
Julia Carson 95%
Edward Case 75%
Mike Castle 25%
Linc Chafee 55%
Saxby Chambliss 5%
Ben Chandler III 75%
Chris Chocola 5%
Hillary Clinton 95%
Howard Coble 5%
Thomas Coburn 10%
Norm Coleman 25%
Kent Conrad 75%
Jerry Costello 80%
Larry Craig 10%
Robert Cramer 60%
Barbara Cubin 5%
Artur Davis 80%
Geoff Davis 10%
James Davis 85%
Jo Ann Davis 10%
Lincoln Davis 65%
Thomas Davis III 15%
Bill Delahunt 95%
Thomas DeLay 5%
James DeMint 5%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 15%
Norm Dicks 90%
John Dingell 90%
Chris Dodd 95%
Elizabeth Dole 10%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 10%
John Doolittle 5%
Byron Dorgan 85%
Thelma Drake 5%
David Dreier 10%
Chet Edwards 70%
Vern Ehlers 25%
Jo Ann Emerson 15%
Philip English 10%
John Ensign 10%
Bob Etheridge 85%
Lane Evans 95%
Terry Everett 5%
Tom Feeney 0%
Russ Feingold 95%
Michael Ferguson 15%
Bob Filner 95%
Mark Foley 15%
Harold Ford, Jr. 80%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 10%
Barney Frank 95%
William Frist 5%
Elton Gallegly 5%
Jim Gerlach 20%
Jim Gibbons 10%
Wayne Gilchrest 25%
Paul Gillmor 10%
Phil Gingrey 5%
Charlie Gonzalez 85%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 10%
Bart Gordon 70%
Mark Green 10%
Judd Gregg 10%
Gilbert Gutknecht 10%
Charles Hagel 10%
Ralph Hall 5%
Tom Harkin 95%
Jane Harman 85%
Katherine Harris 10%
Melissa Hart 5%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Doc Hastings 10%
Robert Hayes 5%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 5%
Joel Hefley 10%
Wally Herger, Jr. 5%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 75%
Maurice Hinchey 95%
David Lee Hobson 10%
Pete Hoekstra 10%
Thomas Holden 70%
Rush Holt, Jr. 95%
Darlene Hooley 90%
John Nathan Hostettler 10%
Kenny Hulshof 10%
Duncan Hunter 5%
Kay Hutchison 15%
Henry Hyde 10%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 10%
Daniel Inouye 90%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 95%
William Jefferson 90%
James Merrill Jeffords 90%
William Lewis Jenkins 5%
Nancy Johnson 25%
Tim Johnson 25%
Timothy Johnson 80%
Paul Kanjorski 80%
Ric Keller 5%
Sue Kelly 20%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Mark Kennedy 10%
Patrick Kennedy 90%
Dale Kildee 90%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 95%
Jack Kingston 5%
Joseph Knollenberg 10%
Herb Kohl 85%
James Kolbe 15%
Dennis Kucinich 95%
John Kuhl, Jr. 10%
Jon Kyl 5%
Ray LaHood 15%
Mary Landrieu 75%
Tom Lantos 95%
Tom Latham 10%
Steve LaTourette 15%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
James Leach 40%
Carl Levin 95%
Jerry Lewis 10%
Ron Lewis 5%
Joe Lieberman 90%
Blanche Lincoln 80%
John Linder 5%
Trent Lott, Sr. 10%
Dick Lugar 20%
Dan Lungren 5%
Connie Mack IV 5%
Don Manzullo 5%
Jim Marshall 65%
Melquiades Martinez 15%
Jim Matheson 65%
Carolyn McCarthy 90%
Thaddeus McCotter 15%
James McCrery III 10%
John McHugh 15%
Mike McIntyre 70%
Buck McKeon 5%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 95%
Michael McNulty 90%
Martin Meehan 100%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 90%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 70%
Mike Michaud 90%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 95%
Gary Miller 5%
George Miller 100%

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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