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Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Ron Paul 83%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 83%
Russ Feingold 82%
Herb Kohl 82%
William Luther 79%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 79%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 76%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 76%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 75%
James Ramstad 75%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 75%
Tom Tancredo 75%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 71%
Christopher Cox 71%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 71%
James Merrill Jeffords 71%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 71%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 71%
Pete Hoekstra 67%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 67%
Christopher Shays 67%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 65%
Robert Byrd 65%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 65%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 65%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 65%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 65%
Paul Sarbanes 65%
Paul Wellstone 65%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 65%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 63%
Joel Hefley 63%
Don Manzullo 63%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 63%
John Sununu 63%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 63%
Evan Bayh 59%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 59%
John Edwards 59%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 59%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 59%
Joe Lieberman 59%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 59%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 59%
Arlen Specter 59%
John Ganske 58%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 58%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 58%
Martin Meehan 58%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 58%
Robert Schaffer 58%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 58%
Rob Andrews 54%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 54%
Mike Castle 54%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 54%
Gilbert Gutknecht 54%
Stephen Horn 54%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 54%
John Olver 54%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 54%
Cliff Stearns 54%
Gene Taylor 54%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 54%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 54%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 53%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 53%
Chris Dodd 53%
Byron Dorgan 53%
Daniel Graham 53%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 53%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 53%
Blanche Lincoln 53%
Bob Barr, Jr. 50%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
Charlie Bass 50%
Chris Cannon 50%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 50%
Michael Collins 50%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 50%
Thomas DeLay 50%
Vern Ehlers 50%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 50%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 50%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 50%
Mark Green 50%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 50%
John Nathan Hostettler 50%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 50%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 50%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 50%
James Leach 50%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 50%
John Linder 50%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 50%
Scott McInnis 50%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 50%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 50%
Constance Morella 50%
Sue Myrick 50%
Marge Roukema 50%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 50%
Jim Saxton 50%
Joe Scarborough 50%
John Shadegg 50%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 50%
Nick Smith 50%
Pete Stark 50%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 50%
Lynn Woolsey 50%
Daniel Inouye 47%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 47%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 46%
Douglas Bereuter 46%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 46%
Dan Burton 46%
Philip Crane 46%
Randall Cunningham 46%
Thomas Davis III 46%
Bill Delahunt 46%
Peter Deutsch 46%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 46%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 46%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 46%
Sue Kelly 46%
Dennis Kucinich 46%
Karen McCarthy 46%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 46%
Dan Miller 46%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 46%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 46%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 46%
Timothy Roemer 46%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 42%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 42%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 42%
Larry Combest 42%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 42%
James DeMint 42%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 42%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 42%
Mark Foley 42%
Barney Frank 42%
Porter Goss 42%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 42%
Wally Herger, Jr. 42%
Van Hilleary 42%
Maurice Hinchey 42%
Kenny Hulshof 42%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 42%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 42%
Nancy Johnson 42%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 42%
James Nussle 42%
George Radanovich 42%
Jim Ryun 42%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 42%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 42%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 42%
Zach Wamp 42%
Robert Wexler 42%
Max Baucus 41%
Jeff Bingaman 41%
Kent Conrad 41%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 41%
Peter Fitzgerald 41%
Olympia Snowe 41%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 38%
Richard Armey 38%
Judy Biggert 38%
David Edward Bonior 38%
Ed Bryant 38%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 38%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 38%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 38%
Philip English 38%
Lane Evans 38%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 38%
Bob Filner 38%
Benjamin Gilman 38%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 38%
Darlene Hooley 38%
Duncan Hunter 38%
Ray LaHood 38%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 38%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 38%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 38%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 38%
Donald Payne 38%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 38%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
Richard Pombo 38%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 38%
Deborah Pryce 38%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 38%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 38%

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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