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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

2008 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican A
TN Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey Republican A+
TN State House 1 Jon Lundberg Republican A
TN State House 5 David Hawk Republican A
TN State House 7 Matthew Hill Republican A+
TN State House 15 Joe Armstrong Democratic D
TN State House 16 Bill Dunn Republican A
TN State House 19 Harry Brooks Republican A
TN State House 20 Robert Ramsey Republican A
TN State House 21 Jimmy Matlock Republican A
TN State House 24 Kevin Brooks Republican A
TN State House 26 Gerald McCormick Republican A
TN State House 28 JoAnne Favors Democratic D
TN State House 34 Rick Womick Republican A
TN State House 40 Terri Lynn Weaver Republican A
TN State House 41 John Windle Democratic A+
TN State House 47 Judd Matheny Republican A+
TN State House 54 Brenda Gilmore Democratic C
TN State House 56 Beth Harwell Republican A
TN State House 57 Susan Lynn Republican A+
TN State House 59 Sherry Jones Democratic B
TN State House 61 Charles Sargent, Jr. Republican A
TN State House 63 Glen Casada Republican A+
TN State House 67 Joe Pitts Democratic B
TN State House 68 Curtis Johnson Republican A
TN State House 69 David Shepard Democratic A
TN State House 72 Steve McDaniel Republican A
TN State House 73 Jimmy Eldridge Republican A+
TN State House 75 Timothy Wirgau Republican A
TN State House 77 Bill Sanderson III Republican A
TN State House 79 Curtis Halford Republican C-
TN State House 80 Johnny Shaw Democratic D
TN State House 82 Craig Fitzhugh Democratic A
TN State House 84 Joe Towns, Jr. Democratic B
TN State House 86 Barbara Cooper Democratic D
TN State House 87 Karen Camper Democratic F
TN State House 88 Larry Miller Democratic C
TN State House 90 John DeBerry, Jr. Democratic C+
TN State House 93 G.A. Hardaway, Sr. Democratic C
TN State House 95 Curry Todd Republican A+
TN State House 96 Stephen McManus Republican A
TN State House 97 Jim Coley Republican A
TN State House 99 Ron Lollar Republican A
TN State Senate 2 Doug Overbey Republican A+
TN State Senate 4 Ron Ramsey Republican A+
TN State Senate 8 Frank Niceley Republican A+
TN State Senate 9 Mike Bell Republican A
TN State Senate 12 Ken Yager Republican A
TN State Senate 14 Jim Tracy Republican A+
TN State Senate 26 Dolores Gresham Republican A+
TN State Senate 28 Joey Hensley Republican A
TN State Senate 31 Brian Kelsey Republican A
TN State Senate 32 Mark Norris Republican A+
TN Mayor At-Large Andy Berke B
TN County Executive At-Large Becky Ruppe A
TN Commissioner 5 Stan Wheeler A
TN Commissioner At-Large Rip Van Winkle A
Andy Allman C
Cleveland Bain A
Judy Barker A
Tim Barnes A
Eddie Bass A+
Robert Bibb A
Barbara Blanton B
Stratton Bone, Jr. A
Willie Borchert A
Rory Bricco A
Oscar Brown A
Tommie Brown D
Roger Byrge C
Randy Camp A-
Stacey Campfield A+
Joe Carr A
Curt Cobb A+
Jim Cobb A
Ty Cobb C-
Kent Coleman F
Tim Cook A
Charles Curtiss A
Vince Dean A
Lois Deberry D
Vance Dennis A
John Dowdy F
Tom DuBois, Jr. A+
Joshua Evans A
Gary Lynn Farmer B
Mike Faulk A
Chad Faulkner A
Dennis Ferguson A
Henry Fincher C
Richard Floyd A
Dan Ford A
Dale Ford A
George Fraley A+
Richard Gabriel B
Jim Hackworth A
David Hall A-
Bill Harmon B+
Michael Harrison A
Jim Hawkins D
Joe Haynes B
Ryan Haynes A
Roy Herron A
Ron Hickman A
Phillip Johnson A
Bill Jones C
Ulysses Jones, Jr. C+
Mike Kernell C
Rosalind Kurita A
James Kyle, Jr. A
Timothy Lee A-
John Litz C
Mark Maddox A
Debra Maggart A+
Basil Marceaux, Jr. B
Beverly Marrero A-
Albert McCall A
Joe McCord A
Michael McDonald A
Richard Montgomery A+
Gary Moore, Sr. A
Alex Moseley A
Jason Mumpower A+
James Naifeh F
Mike Niederhauser A
Gary Odom A
Mary Pruitt B
Barrett Rich A
Jeanne Richardson F
Dennis Roach A
Donna Rowland A+
Jim Ryal A
Tony Shipley A
Janis Sontany F
Eric Stewart A
Eric Swafford A+
John Tidwell A
Harry Tindell A
Tim Tipps C
Robert Tuke B
Larry Turner C
Michael Turner A
Nathan Vaughn A
Eric Watson A+
Ben West, Jr. A+
Ken Wilkinson A
Michael Williams A
Kent Williams A
Les Winningham A
Jamie Woodson A
Eddie Yokley C

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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