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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 0%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 5%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 9%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 50%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 19%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 24%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
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 81%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 14%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 68%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 10%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 71%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 14%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam Republican 10%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 24%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 38%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 5%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 5%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 57%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez 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 5%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 90%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 62%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 5%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 24%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 9%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 14%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 73%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 86%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 19%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 86%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 76%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 0%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 86%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 5%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 57%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 77%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 50%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 14%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 90%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 29%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 67%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 67%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 10%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 19%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 95%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 0%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 86%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 19%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
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 81%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 90%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 14%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
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%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 18%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 5%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 5%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
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 95%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 76%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 67%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 5%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 5%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 9%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 71%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 5%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 14%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 90%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 5%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 52%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 48%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 95%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 91%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 95%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 95%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 81%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 95%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 71%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 90%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 19%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 81%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 43%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 19%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 5%
Neil Abercrombie 90%
Gary Ackerman 86%

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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