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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Population Connection

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Harold Ford, Jr. 83%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 83%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 83%
William Jefferson 83%
Nancy Johnson 83%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 83%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 83%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 83%
James Leach 83%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 83%
Michael McNulty 83%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 83%
Dave Obey 83%
Ken Salazar 83%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 83%
Olympia Snowe 83%
Vic Snyder 83%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 83%
Ed Towns 83%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 80%
Silvestre Reyes 80%
Sue Kelly 75%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 67%
Dennis Cardoza 67%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 67%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 67%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 67%
Chet Edwards 67%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 67%
Wayne Gilchrest 67%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 67%
James Kolbe 67%
Earl Pomeroy 67%
James Ramstad 67%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 67%
Jim Oberstar 60%
Judy Biggert 50%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 50%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 50%
Bart Gordon 50%
Ben Nelson 50%
Mike Ross 50%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 50%
Arlen Specter 50%
John Tanner 50%
Mary Bono Mack 40%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 33%
Jerry Costello 33%
Robert Cramer 33%
Vern Ehlers 33%
Mark Foley 33%
Thomas Holden 33%
Tim Johnson 33%
Paul Kanjorski 33%
Dale Kildee 33%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 33%
Jim Marshall 33%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 33%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 33%
Deborah Pryce 33%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 33%
John Schwarz 33%
Bart Stupak 33%
William Thomas 33%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 33%
John Warner 33%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 20%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 20%
Ted Stevens 20%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 17%
Roscoe Bartlett 17%
Ginny Brown-Waite 17%
Thomas Davis III 17%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 17%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 17%
Michael Ferguson 17%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 17%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 17%
Judd Gregg 17%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 17%
Mark Kennedy 17%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 17%
Dick Lugar 17%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 17%
Alan Mollohan 17%
Jack Murtha 17%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 17%
Ron Paul 17%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 17%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 17%
Jim Saxton 17%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 17%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 17%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 17%
Gordon Smith 17%
James Walsh 17%
Heather Wilson 17%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Bob Beauprez 0%
Bob Bennett 0%
Marion Berry 0%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
Dan Boren 0%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Chris Chocola 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
Norm Coleman 0%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
Larry Craig 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
Geoff Davis 0%
Jo Ann Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 0%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 0%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
John Doolittle 0%
Thelma Drake 0%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
Philip English 0%
John Ensign 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Terry Everett 0%
Tom Feeney 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 0%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
William Frist 0%
Elton Gallegly 0%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 0%
Jim Gibbons 0%
Paul Gillmor 0%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
Mark Green 0%
Gilbert Gutknecht 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 0%
Katherine Harris 0%
Melissa Hart 0%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 0%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 0%

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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