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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 14%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 33%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 53%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 18%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 60%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 59%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 20%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 27%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 41%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 68%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 36%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 55%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 41%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 27%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 59%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 27%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 59%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 59%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 68%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 45%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 50%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 50%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 33%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 40%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 23%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 32%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 32%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 36%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 23%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam Republican 23%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 27%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 32%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 45%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 23%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 53%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 40%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 23%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 32%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 33%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 36%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 45%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 55%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 23%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 32%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 36%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 47%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 27%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 53%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 40%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 18%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 18%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 18%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 73%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 59%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 59%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 55%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 36%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 45%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 50%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 47%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 32%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 45%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 64%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 23%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 64%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 23%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 27%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 23%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 41%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 33%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 27%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 23%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 18%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 36%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 55%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 59%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 55%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 41%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 55%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 27%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 36%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 45%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 64%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 64%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 59%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 45%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 55%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 41%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 45%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 64%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 68%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 36%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 50%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 45%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 45%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 59%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 60%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 40%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 23%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 53%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 18%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 77%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 64%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 55%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 36%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 55%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 19%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 36%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 40%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 55%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 32%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 36%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 32%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 45%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 41%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 27%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 36%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 41%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 82%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 33%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 41%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 15%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 32%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 27%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 59%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 33%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 27%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 41%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 59%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 59%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 50%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 68%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 45%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 77%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 64%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 77%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 23%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 47%
Neil Abercrombie 41%
Gary Ackerman 45%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 20%
Todd Akin 41%
Wayne Allard 60%
George Allen 40%
Thomas Allen 50%
Rob Andrews 59%
Richard Armey 50%
Joe Baca, Sr. 41%
Spencer Bachus 23%
Brian Baird 68%
Richard Hugh Baker 18%
Cass Ballenger 23%
James Barcia 36%
Bob Barr, Jr. 50%
Roscoe Bartlett 41%
Charlie Bass 59%
Max Baucus 13%
Evan Bayh 40%
Bob Bennett 33%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 41%
Douglas Bereuter 27%
Shelley Berkley 50%
Howard Berman 68%
Marion Berry 45%
Judy Biggert 41%
Michael Bilirakis 32%
Jeff Bingaman 27%

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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