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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
Judy Biggert 38%
Michael Bilirakis 25%
Jeff Bingaman 41%
Rod Blagojevich 33%
Sherwood Boehlert 25%
Kit Bond 24%
Henry Bonilla 21%
David Edward Bonior 38%
Mary Bono Mack 33%
Robert Borski, Jr. 17%
Leonard Boswell 17%
Rick Boucher 21%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 21%
John Breaux 35%
Ed Bryant 38%
Jim Bunning 12%
Dan Burton 46%
Steve Buyer 17%
Robert Byrd 65%
Herbert Callahan 13%
Ben Campbell 18%
Chris Cannon 50%
Julia Carson 29%
Mike Castle 54%
Eva Clayton 21%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 59%
Robert Clement 13%
Michael Collins 50%
Larry Combest 42%
Gary Condit 29%
Kent Conrad 41%
John Cooksey 25%
Jerry Costello 29%
Christopher Cox 71%
William Coyne 25%
Larry Craig 18%
Robert Cramer 8%
Philip Crane 46%
Barbara Cubin 25%
Randall Cunningham 46%
Thomas Daschle 35%
James Davis 25%
Thomas Davis III 46%
Bill Delahunt 46%
Thomas DeLay 50%
James DeMint 42%
Peter Deutsch 46%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 29%
Norm Dicks 21%
Chris Dodd 53%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 18%
Calvin Dooley 13%
John Doolittle 17%
Byron Dorgan 53%
David Dreier 21%
Jennifer Dunn 29%
John Edwards 59%
Chet Edwards 13%
Vern Ehlers 50%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 42%
Jo Ann Emerson 21%
Philip English 38%
Bob Etheridge 17%
Lane Evans 38%
Terry Everett 25%
Russ Feingold 82%
Bob Filner 38%
Peter Fitzgerald 41%
Ernest Fletcher 29%
Mark Foley 42%
Harold Ford, Jr. 21%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 46%
Barney Frank 42%
William Frist 24%
Jonas Frost III 21%
Elton Gallegly 33%
John Ganske 58%
George Gekas 25%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 29%
Jim Gibbons 29%
Wayne Gilchrest 29%
Paul Gillmor 29%
Benjamin Gilman 38%
Charlie Gonzalez 17%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 50%
Bart Gordon 8%
Porter Goss 42%
Daniel Graham 53%
William Phillip Gramm 29%
Mark Green 50%
James Greenwood 33%
Judd Gregg 35%
Gilbert Gutknecht 54%
Tony Hall 25%
James Hansen 33%
Robert Hayes 33%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 46%
Joel Hefley 63%
Jesse Helms 18%
Wally Herger, Jr. 42%
Baron Hill 33%
Van Hilleary 42%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 25%
Maurice Hinchey 42%
David Lee Hobson 21%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 33%
Pete Hoekstra 67%
Thomas Holden 17%
Ernest Hollings 35%
Darlene Hooley 38%
Stephen Horn 54%
John Nathan Hostettler 50%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 33%
Kenny Hulshof 42%
Duncan Hunter 38%
Asa Hutchinson 25%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 29%
Kay Hutchison 18%
Henry Hyde 29%
Daniel Inouye 47%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 42%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 42%
William Jefferson 17%
James Merrill Jeffords 71%
William Lewis Jenkins 33%
Christopher John 8%
Nancy Johnson 42%
Paul Kanjorski 17%
Sue Kelly 46%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 65%
Patrick Kennedy 25%
Dale Kildee 33%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 25%
Gerald Kleczka 29%
Joseph Knollenberg 17%
Herb Kohl 82%
James Kolbe 33%
Dennis Kucinich 46%
Jon Kyl 35%
John LaFalce 25%
Ray LaHood 38%
Nicholas Lampson 8%
Tom Lantos 17%
Stephen Largent 33%
Steve LaTourette 25%
James Leach 50%
Jerry Lewis 17%
Ron Lewis 25%
Joe Lieberman 59%
Blanche Lincoln 53%
John Linder 50%
William Lipinski 25%
Trent Lott, Sr. 24%
Ken Lucas 21%
Dick Lugar 29%
William Luther 79%
James Maloney 33%
Don Manzullo 63%
Frank Mascara 17%
Robert Matsui 21%
Karen McCarthy 46%
James McCrery III 29%
John McHugh 17%
Scott McInnis 50%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 63%
Michael McNulty 17%
Martin Meehan 58%
Carrie Meek 25%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 25%
Dan Miller 46%
Zell Bryan Miller 0%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 33%
John Moakley 33%
Alan Mollohan 4%
Dennis Moore 29%
Constance Morella 50%
Frank Murkowski 18%
Jack Murtha 8%

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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