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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 41
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 20
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 28
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 61
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 43
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 50
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 51
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 25
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 26
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 30
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 50
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 34
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 48
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 23
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 32
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 23
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 25
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 26
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 62
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 40
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 40
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 33
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 45
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 43
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 25
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 18
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 19
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 33
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 48
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 55
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 40
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 39
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 66
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 48
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 30
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 68
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 43
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 57
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 38
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 33
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 38
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 40
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 16
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 43
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 60
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 37
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 65
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 38
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 38
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 20
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 28
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 32
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 57
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 42
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 45
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 66
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 50
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 60
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 55
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 58
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 38
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 49
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 24
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 49
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 26
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 42
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 57
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 51
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 57
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 45
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 25
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 58
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 47
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 55
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 55
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 40
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 42
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 37
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 35
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 35
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 27
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 40
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 32
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 50
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 31
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 23
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 53
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 57
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 54
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 53
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 26
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 57
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 29
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 21
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 45
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 51
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 72
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 53
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 29
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 45
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 36
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 53
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 47
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 40
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 66
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 41
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 47
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 40
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 55
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 48
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 47
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 49
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 40
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 54
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 53
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 32
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 57
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 21
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 40
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 46
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 58
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 60
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 53
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 50
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 51
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 52
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 40
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 48
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 51
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 66
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 29
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 65
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 25
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 26
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 65
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 65
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 48
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 55
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 44
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 34
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 70
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 33
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 58
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 44
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 40
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 32
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 28
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 27
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 26
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 34
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 42
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 22
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 41
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 40
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 47
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 77
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 34
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 43
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 49
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 23
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 27
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 55
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 49
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 58
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 70
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 57
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 57
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 43
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 40
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 36
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 40
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 38
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 25
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 57
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 47
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 28
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 28
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 43
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 41
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 28
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 74
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 42
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 42
Edmond Spencer Abraham 28
Gary Ackerman 44
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 40
Wayne Allard 43
Thomas Allen 40
Rob Andrews 45
Bill Archer 40
Richard Armey 43
John Ashcroft 34
Joe Baca, Sr. 50
Brian Baird 51
Richard Hugh Baker 23
Cass Ballenger 28
James Barcia 34
Bob Barr, Jr. 55
Bill Barrett 23

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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