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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

2000 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican B
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic B+
TN Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey Republican A+
TN State House 15 Joe Armstrong Democratic D
TN State House 16 Bill Dunn Republican A
TN State House 35 Dennis Roach Republican A
TN State House 41 John Windle Democratic A+
TN State House 55 Gary Odom Democratic B
TN State House 56 Beth Harwell Republican A
TN State House 59 Sherry Jones Democratic C
TN State House 61 Charles Sargent, Jr. Republican A
TN State House 72 Steve McDaniel Republican A
TN State House 74 John Tidwell Democratic A
TN State House 82 Craig Fitzhugh Democratic A-
TN State House 84 Joe Towns, Jr. Democratic A
TN State House 86 Barbara Cooper Democratic D
TN State House 88 Larry Miller Democratic D
TN State House 90 John Deberry, Jr. Democratic C+
TN State House 95 Curry Todd Republican A
TN State Senate 4 Ron Ramsey Republican A+
TN State Senate 17 Mae Beavers Republican A+
TN State Senate 30 James Kyle, Jr. Democratic B
TN Secretary of State Tre Hargett Republican A
TN Mayor At-Large Jo Ann Graves A-
TN Mayor At-Large Kim McMillan Democratic B+
TN County Mayor At-Large William Baird Republican A
John Arriola C
Ben Atchley A
Harley Earnest Bittle A+
Stratton Bone, Jr. A
Kathryn Bowers D
James Boyer A-
Rob Briley B-
Henri Brooks F
Tommie Brown D
Frank Buck A
Dewayne Bunch A
Steven Buttry A
Marvin Gene Caldwell B+
Carolyn Jean Chumney C
William Clabough A
Ronnie Cole B
William Ralph Cole A
Jerry Cooper A-
Ward Crutchfield B+
Charles Curtiss A
Eugene Davidson A
David Davis A
Lincoln Davis B+
Ronnie Davis A
Lois Deberry C-
Mary Ann Eckles C+
Dennis Ferguson A
Stancil Ford A+
Joe Fowlkes C
George Fraley A
Tim Garrett A
Larry Givens A
Steve Godsey A
Mark Goins A
Jere Hargrove A
Joe Haynes B
Tommy Head C+
Roy Herron B+
John Hood C
Ulysses Jones, Jr. D
Joe Kent A
Mike Kernell D
Matthew Kisber A-
Rosalind Kurita C-
Edith Taylor Langster D
Doyle Lewis, Jr. A
Mark Maddox C
Joe McCord A
Michael McDonald C+
Bob McKee A
Richard Montgomery A
Jason Mumpower A
James Naifeh A
J. Chris Newton A
Robert Patton B
Paul Phelan A
Clarence Phillips A
Phillip Pinion A
William Clyde Pleasant A
Mary Pruitt D
Shelby Rhinehart A
L. Don Ridgeway A
Randy Rinks B
Bobby Sands A
Larry Scroggs A
Jack Sharp A
Arnold Stulce A
Harry Tindell A
Brenda Kaye Turner D
Larry Turner D
Raymond Walker A
Ben West, Jr. A+
B. Keith Westmoreland A-
John White A
Zane Whitson, Jr. A
John Wilder B+
Larry Williams B+
Michael Williams A+
Les Winningham C
Bobby Wood A
Jamie Woodson A

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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