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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 13%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 18%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 18%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 33%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 17%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 47%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 17%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 59%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 65%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 42%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 21%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 75%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 54%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 50%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 17%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 21%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 21%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 46%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 33%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 38%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 38%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 29%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 50%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 8%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 58%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 54%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 38%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 29%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 71%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 21%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 18%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 17%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 38%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 42%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 38%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 42%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 38%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 25%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 24%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 50%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 29%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 18%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 38%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 13%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 53%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 33%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 33%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 42%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 54%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 42%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 59%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 25%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 21%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 33%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 53%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 25%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 65%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 29%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 58%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 29%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 25%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 42%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 29%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 25%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 29%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 25%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 17%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 76%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 29%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 59%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 29%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 46%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 29%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 50%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 13%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 50%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 38%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 58%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 46%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 33%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 50%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 29%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 65%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 59%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 21%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 42%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 46%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 38%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 38%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 38%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 42%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 38%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 71%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 25%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 25%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 21%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 41%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 24%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 33%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 65%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 33%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 46%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 63%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 63%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 17%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 25%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 17%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 46%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 33%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 71%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 76%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 33%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 53%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 38%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 75%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 42%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 29%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 38%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 54%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 18%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 21%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 50%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 17%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 25%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 71%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 50%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 35%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 25%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 38%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 29%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 54%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 46%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 67%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 50%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 83%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 79%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 54%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 65%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 21%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 24%
Gary Ackerman 25%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 53%
Wayne Allard 18%
Thomas Allen 29%
Rob Andrews 54%
Richard Armey 38%
Joe Baca, Sr. 8%
Brian Baird 29%
Richard Hugh Baker 25%
Cass Ballenger 29%
James Barcia 25%
Bob Barr, Jr. 50%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
Charlie Bass 50%
Max Baucus 41%
Evan Bayh 59%
Bob Bennett 18%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 21%
Douglas Bereuter 46%
Shelley Berkley 33%
Howard Berman 29%
Marion Berry 21%

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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