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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 67%
Gary Ackerman 67%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 17%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 27%
Todd Akin 33%
Wayne Allard 36%
George Allen 9%
Thomas Allen 50%
Rob Andrews 33%
Joe Baca, Sr. 67%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 17%
Brian Baird 67%
Richard Hugh Baker 17%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 83%
Cass Ballenger 17%
Roscoe Bartlett 17%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 17%
Charlie Bass 33%
Max Baucus 27%
Evan Bayh 45%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 83%
Bob Bennett 18%
Douglas Bereuter 33%
Shelley Berkley 67%
Howard Berman 67%
Marion Berry 0%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 27%
Judy Biggert 33%
Michael Bilirakis 33%
Jeff Bingaman 9%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 17%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 17%
Sherwood Boehlert 17%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 33%
Kit Bond 9%
Henry Bonilla 17%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 17%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 33%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 45%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 17%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 33%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 33%
John Breaux 18%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 50%
Henry Brown, Jr. 17%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 67%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 27%
Jim Bunning 27%
Conrad Burns 18%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 17%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 17%
Robert Byrd 18%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 33%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 17%
Ben Campbell 18%
Chris Cannon 17%
Eric Cantor 17%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 18%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 83%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 67%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 18%
Brad Carson 17%
Julia Carson 67%
Mike Castle 33%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 33%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 36%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 17%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 33%
Hillary Clinton 55%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 17%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
Michael Collins 33%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 36%
Kent Conrad 18%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 83%
Jon Corzine 45%
Jerry Costello 17%
Christopher Cox 33%
Larry Craig 27%
Robert Cramer 17%
Philip Crane 17%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 17%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 83%
Barbara Cubin 17%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 33%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 33%
Randall Cunningham 17%
Thomas Daschle 18%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 67%
James Davis 67%
Jo Ann Davis 17%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 83%
Thomas Davis III 50%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 17%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 83%
Bill Delahunt 67%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 50%
Thomas DeLay 33%
James DeMint 17%
Peter Deutsch 33%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 27%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 17%
Norm Dicks 17%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 33%
Chris Dodd 18%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 83%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 9%
Calvin Dooley 17%
John Doolittle 33%
Byron Dorgan 27%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 50%
David Dreier 33%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 67%
Jennifer Dunn 33%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 9%
John Edwards 27%
Chet Edwards 17%
Vern Ehlers 33%
Jo Ann Emerson 17%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 67%
Philip English 0%
John Ensign 64%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 45%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 67%
Terry Everett 17%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 50%
Russ Feingold 55%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 45%
Michael Ferguson 33%
Bob Filner 67%
Peter Fitzgerald 36%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 33%
Mark Foley 17%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 17%
Harold Ford, Jr. 17%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 33%
Barney Frank 83%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33%
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%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 17%
Bart Gordon 17%
Porter Goss 17%
Daniel Graham 27%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 17%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 36%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 17%
Mark Green 17%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 33%
James Greenwood 17%
Judd Gregg 27%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 33%
Gilbert Gutknecht 17%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 17%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 27%
Jane Harman 50%
Melissa Hart 17%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 50%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 17%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 18%
Robert Hayes 17%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 33%
Joel Hefley 33%
Wally Herger, Jr. 17%
Baron Hill 33%
Maurice Hinchey 67%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 50%
David Lee Hobson 33%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 50%
Pete Hoekstra 33%
Thomas Holden 33%
Ernest Hollings 9%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 83%
Darlene Hooley 67%
John Nathan Hostettler 17%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 17%

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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