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Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 85%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 15%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 5%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 50%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 45%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 19%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 81%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 75%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 90%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 5%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 5%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 85%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 48%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 5%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 19%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 30%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 65%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 85%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 80%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 86%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 95%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 90%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 10%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 90%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 5%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 70%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 5%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 95%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 90%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 5%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 10%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 76%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 19%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 86%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 14%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 29%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 33%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 0%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 5%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 10%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 62%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 5%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 71%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 24%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 5%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 81%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 5%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 81%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 10%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 48%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 81%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 52%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 14%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 62%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 57%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 5%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 86%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 24%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 95%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 5%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 14%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 95%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 5%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 95%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 5%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 5%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 10%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 67%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 76%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 38%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 62%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 0%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 62%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 14%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 86%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 57%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 7%

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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