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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Leading Age

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Zach Wamp 50%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 50%
Diane Watson 50%
Mel Watt 50%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 50%
Anthony Weiner 50%
David Weldon 50%
W. Curtis Weldon 50%
Gerald Weller 50%
Robert Wexler 50%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 50%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 50%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 50%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 50%
Lynn Woolsey 50%
David Wu 50%
Albert Wynn 50%
Bill Young 50%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 50%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 44%
Bob Bennett 44%
Kit Bond 44%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 44%
Jim Bunning 44%
Conrad Burns 44%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 44%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 44%
Norm Coleman 44%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 44%
Elizabeth Dole 44%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 44%
William Frist 44%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 44%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 44%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 44%
Kay Hutchison 44%
Dick Lugar 44%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 44%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 44%
Ted Stevens 44%
James Talent 44%
John Warner 44%
Wayne Allard 33%
George Allen 33%
John Ensign 33%
Judd Gregg 33%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 33%
Jon Kyl 33%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 33%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 33%
Rick Santorum 33%
John Sununu 33%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 22%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 22%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 22%
Trent Lott, Sr. 22%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 22%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 22%
Craig Thomas 22%
Larry Craig 11%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 0%
John Doolittle 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
Wayne Gilchrest 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 0%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
Henry Hyde 0%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 0%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
Tim Johnson 0%
Paul Kanjorski 0%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 0%
Alan Mollohan 0%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 0%
Jim Oberstar 0%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 0%
Bart Stupak 0%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry 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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