Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2002 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 67%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 27%
Todd Akin 33%
Wayne Allard 36%
George Allen 9%
Thomas Allen 50%
Rob Andrews 33%
Joe Baca, Sr. 67%
Brian Baird 67%
Richard Hugh Baker 17%
Cass Ballenger 17%
Roscoe Bartlett 17%
Charlie Bass 33%
Max Baucus 27%
Evan Bayh 45%
Bob Bennett 18%
Douglas Bereuter 33%
Shelley Berkley 67%
Howard Berman 67%
Marion Berry 0%
Judy Biggert 33%
Michael Bilirakis 33%
Jeff Bingaman 9%
Sherwood Boehlert 17%
Kit Bond 9%
Henry Bonilla 17%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 33%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 17%
John Breaux 18%
Henry Brown, Jr. 17%
Jim Bunning 27%
Conrad Burns 18%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 17%
Robert Byrd 18%
Ben Campbell 18%
Chris Cannon 17%
Eric Cantor 17%
Brad Carson 17%
Julia Carson 67%
Mike Castle 33%
Hillary Clinton 55%
Michael Collins 33%
Kent Conrad 18%
Jon Corzine 45%
Jerry Costello 17%
Christopher Cox 33%
Larry Craig 27%
Robert Cramer 17%
Philip Crane 17%
Barbara Cubin 17%
Randall Cunningham 17%
Thomas Daschle 18%
James Davis 67%
Jo Ann Davis 17%
Thomas Davis III 50%
Bill Delahunt 67%
Thomas DeLay 33%
James DeMint 17%
Peter Deutsch 33%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 17%
Norm Dicks 17%
Chris Dodd 18%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 9%
Calvin Dooley 17%
John Doolittle 33%
Byron Dorgan 27%
David Dreier 33%
Jennifer Dunn 33%
John Edwards 27%
Chet Edwards 17%
Vern Ehlers 33%
Jo Ann Emerson 17%
Philip English 0%
John Ensign 64%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 67%
Terry Everett 17%
Russ Feingold 55%
Michael Ferguson 33%
Bob Filner 67%
Peter Fitzgerald 36%
Mark Foley 17%
Harold Ford, Jr. 17%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 33%
Barney Frank 83%
William Frist 18%
Jonas Frost III 50%
Elton Gallegly 50%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 67%
Jim Gibbons 50%
Wayne Gilchrest 17%
Paul Gillmor 17%
Charlie Gonzalez 50%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 17%
Bart Gordon 17%
Porter Goss 17%
Daniel Graham 27%
Mark Green 17%
James Greenwood 17%
Judd Gregg 27%
Gilbert Gutknecht 17%
Jane Harman 50%
Melissa Hart 17%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Robert Hayes 17%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 33%
Joel Hefley 33%
Wally Herger, Jr. 17%
Baron Hill 33%
Maurice Hinchey 67%
David Lee Hobson 33%
PA Commissioner-At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 50%
Pete Hoekstra 33%
Thomas Holden 33%
Ernest Hollings 9%
Darlene Hooley 67%
John Nathan Hostettler 17%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 17%
Kenny Hulshof 17%
Duncan Hunter 17%
Kay Hutchison 45%
Henry Hyde 17%
Daniel Inouye 36%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 17%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 67%
William Jefferson 50%
James Merrill Jeffords 27%
William Lewis Jenkins 17%
Christopher John 17%
Nancy Johnson 33%
Tim Johnson 17%
Paul Kanjorski 33%
Ric Keller 17%
Sue Kelly 33%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 36%
Mark Kennedy 17%
Patrick Kennedy 50%
Dale Kildee 17%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 33%
Gerald Kleczka 83%
Joseph Knollenberg 17%
Herb Kohl 9%
James Kolbe 33%
Dennis Kucinich 83%
Jon Kyl 55%
Ray LaHood 17%
Nicholas Lampson 17%
Tom Lantos 67%
Steve LaTourette 17%
James Leach 67%
Jerry Lewis 50%
Ron Lewis 17%
Joe Lieberman 27%
Blanche Lincoln 9%
John Linder 33%
William Lipinski 33%
Trent Lott, Sr. 18%
Dick Lugar 27%
Don Manzullo 17%
Robert Matsui 67%
Karen McCarthy 67%
James McCrery III 17%
John McHugh 17%
Scott McInnis 17%
Michael McNulty 67%
Martin Meehan 67%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 50%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 33%
Zell Bryan Miller 18%
Alan Mollohan 17%
Dennis Moore 67%
Jack Murtha 17%
Sue Myrick 33%
Ben Nelson 9%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 17%
Robert William Ney 17%
Don Nickles 36%
Anne Northup 33%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 17%
James Nussle 17%
Jim Oberstar 67%
Dave Obey 67%
John Olver 50%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 33%
Thomas William Osborne 17%
Doug Ose 17%
Major Owens 83%
Michael Oxley 33%
Ron Paul 67%
Donald Payne 67%
John Peterson 17%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 17%
Todd Platts 17%
Richard Pombo 33%
Earl Pomeroy 33%
Deborah Pryce 33%
Jack Quinn 0%
George Radanovich 33%
James Ramstad 33%
Ralph Regula 17%
Denny Rehberg 17%
Silvestre Reyes 50%
Thomas Reynolds 17%
Ciro Rodriguez 50%
Mike Ross 17%
Steve Rothman 67%
Jim Ryun 33%
Martin Olav Sabo 50%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 17%
Rick Santorum 45%
Paul Sarbanes 18%
Jim Saxton 33%
Edward Schrock 33%
John Shadegg 33%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 33%
Christopher Shays 33%
Donald Sherwood 17%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 17%
Ike Skelton 33%
Gordon Smith 27%
Nick Smith 17%
Olympia Snowe 27%
Vic Snyder 33%
Hilda Solis 67%
Mark Souder 33%
Arlen Specter 18%
John Spratt, Jr. 33%
Pete Stark 83%
Cliff Stearns 33%
Charles Stenholm 17%
Ted Stevens 0%
Ted Strickland 50%
Bart Stupak 50%
John Sullivan 17%
John Sununu 33%
John Sweeney 17%
Tom Tancredo 33%
John Tanner 0%
Ellen Tauscher 50%
William Tauzin 17%
Charles Taylor 17%
Gene Taylor 17%
Craig Thomas 45%
William Thomas 17%
Todd Tiahrt 17%
Ed Towns 67%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 50%
James Turner 17%
George Voinovich 27%
James Walsh 17%
Zach Wamp 33%
John Warner 9%
Diane Watson 67%
Mel Watt 50%
Anthony Weiner 83%
David Weldon 17%
W. Curtis Weldon 17%
Gerald Weller 17%
Robert Wexler 50%
Heather Wilson 17%
Lynn Woolsey 67%
David Wu 83%
Albert Wynn 67%
Bill Young 33%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 67%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 83%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 83%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 27%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 17%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 83%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 45%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 33%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 50%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 67%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 18%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 83%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 50%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 67%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 18%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 36%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 33%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 50%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 83%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 83%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 33%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 67%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 83%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 100%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 83%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 50%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 33%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 83%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 50%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 9%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 67%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 83%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 83%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 50%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 45%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 33%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 33%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 27%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 50%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 50%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 83%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 83%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 33%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 50%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 50%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 67%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 33%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 27%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 45%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 67%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 9%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 67%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 17%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 50%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 36%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 83%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 9%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 50%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 33%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 83%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 67%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas D 17%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 67%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 67%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 83%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 50%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 17%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 83%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 67%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 17%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 67%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 50%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 18%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 83%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 50%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 9%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 50%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 50%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 50%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 18%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 67%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 33%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 33%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 83%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 50%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 67%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 67%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 45%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 27%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 27%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 67%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 50%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 67%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 67%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 67%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 55%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 33%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 50%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 83%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 50%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 67%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 27%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 33%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 50%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 83%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 100%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 67%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 67%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 33%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 83%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 50%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 36%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 27%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 67%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 0%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 67%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 17%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 17%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 17%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 17%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 33%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 17%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 33%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 27%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 17%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 33%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 17%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 17%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 33%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 17%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 17%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 0%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 36%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 18%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 17%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 33%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 17%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 27%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 67%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 45%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 33%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 17%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 33%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 17%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 17%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 17%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 36%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 17%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 9%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 17%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 17%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 18%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 18%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 17%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 33%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 33%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 17%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 17%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 17%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 33%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 33%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 33%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 17%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 45%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 27%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 50%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 33%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 33%
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 33%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 17%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 17%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 17%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 17%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 33%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 33%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 17%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 18%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 17%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 17%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 33%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 17%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 33%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 17%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 33%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 45%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 17%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 18%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 17%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 17%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 17%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 17%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 0%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 17%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 17%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 33%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 33%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 17%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 17%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 17%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 17%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 17%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 17%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 33%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 33%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

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