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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 77%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Wayne Allard 5%
George Allen 5%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 68%
Joe Baca, Sr. 55%
Brian Baird 91%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 27%
Charlie Bass 32%
Max Baucus 55%
Evan Bayh 77%
Melissa Bean 77%
Bob Beauprez 0%
Bob Bennett 0%
Shelley Berkley 95%
Howard Berman 95%
Marion Berry 55%
Judy Biggert 18%
Michael Bilirakis 9%
Jeff Bingaman 64%
Sherwood Boehlert 68%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 9%
Mary Bono Mack 5%
Dan Boren 23%
Leonard Boswell 45%
Rick Boucher 55%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 68%
Henry Brown, Jr. 5%
Ginny Brown-Waite 9%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 5%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 64%
Chris Cannon 0%
Dennis Cardoza 59%
Russ Carnahan 95%
Julia Carson 86%
Edward Case 86%
Mike Castle 59%
Ben Chandler III 77%
Chris Chocola 0%
Hillary Clinton 91%
Norm Coleman 36%
Kent Conrad 55%
Jerry Costello 73%
Larry Craig 5%
Robert Cramer 27%
Barbara Cubin 5%
Artur Davis 55%
Geoff Davis 5%
James Davis 82%
Jo Ann Davis 9%
Lincoln Davis 36%
Thomas Davis III 23%
Bill Delahunt 91%
Thomas DeLay 5%
James DeMint 14%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 14%
Norm Dicks 91%
Chris Dodd 86%
Elizabeth Dole 5%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 5%
John Doolittle 5%
Byron Dorgan 64%
Thelma Drake 5%
David Dreier 5%
Chet Edwards 36%
Vern Ehlers 45%
Jo Ann Emerson 9%
Philip English 5%
John Ensign 9%
Bob Etheridge 82%
Lane Evans 95%
Terry Everett 0%
Tom Feeney 9%
Russ Feingold 95%
Michael Ferguson 18%
Bob Filner 95%
Mark Foley 18%
Harold Ford, Jr. 68%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 9%
Barney Frank 100%
William Frist 5%
Elton Gallegly 9%
Jim Gibbons 5%
Wayne Gilchrest 45%
Paul Gillmor 9%
Charlie Gonzalez 55%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 14%
Bart Gordon 59%
Mark Green 18%
Judd Gregg 27%
Gilbert Gutknecht 18%
Jane Harman 68%
Katherine Harris 14%
Melissa Hart 0%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 9%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 55%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
David Lee Hobson 9%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Thomas Holden 45%
Darlene Hooley 95%
John Nathan Hostettler 5%
Kenny Hulshof 0%
Duncan Hunter 5%
Kay Hutchison 5%
Henry Hyde 0%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 23%
Daniel Inouye 68%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 50%
James Merrill Jeffords 82%
William Lewis Jenkins 9%
Nancy Johnson 50%
Tim Johnson 64%
Paul Kanjorski 64%
Ric Keller 14%
Sue Kelly 14%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Mark Kennedy 14%
Patrick Kennedy 95%
Dale Kildee 91%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 86%
Joseph Knollenberg 5%
Herb Kohl 68%
James Kolbe 0%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
John Kuhl, Jr. 0%
Jon Kyl 9%
Ray LaHood 27%
Tom Lantos 95%
Steve LaTourette 18%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
James Leach 59%
Jerry Lewis 5%
Ron Lewis 0%
Joe Lieberman 64%
Blanche Lincoln 55%
John Linder 5%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Dick Lugar 14%
Dan Lungren 0%
Connie Mack IV 18%
Don Manzullo 0%
Jim Marshall 64%
Melquiades Martinez 14%
Thaddeus McCotter 9%
James McCrery III 0%
John McHugh 14%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 95%
Michael McNulty 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 86%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 27%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 91%
Brad Miller 95%
Alan Mollohan 55%
Dennis Moore 73%
Jack Murtha 45%
Marilyn Musgrave 0%
Sue Myrick 0%
Ben Nelson 18%
Robert William Ney 14%
Anne Northup 0%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 5%
James Nussle 5%
Jim Oberstar 91%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 95%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 32%
Thomas William Osborne 9%
Major Owens 95%
Michael Oxley 0%
Ron Paul 27%
Donald Payne 86%
John Peterson 0%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 0%
Todd Platts 36%
Richard Pombo 5%
Earl Pomeroy 50%
Jon Porter, Sr. 0%
Deborah Pryce 5%
George Radanovich 5%
James Ramstad 59%
Ralph Regula 5%
Denny Rehberg 9%
Richard Renzi 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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