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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 67%
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%
Spencer Bachus 17%
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%
Dave Camp 17%
Ben Campbell 18%
Chris Cannon 17%
Eric Cantor 17%
Brad Carson 17%
Julia Carson 67%
Mike Castle 33%
Linc Chafee 36%
Saxby Chambliss 17%
Hillary Clinton 55%
Howard Coble 17%
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%
John Dingell 33%
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%
Charles Hagel 9%
Ralph Hall 17%
Tom Harkin 27%
Jane Harman 50%
Melissa Hart 17%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Doc Hastings 17%
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%
Rush Holt, Jr. 83%
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%
Timothy Johnson 27%
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%
Jack Kingston 17%
Gerald Kleczka 83%
Joseph Knollenberg 17%
Herb Kohl 9%
James Kolbe 33%
Dennis Kucinich 83%
Jon Kyl 55%
Ray LaHood 17%
Nicholas Lampson 17%
Mary Landrieu 9%
Tom Lantos 67%
Tom Latham 33%
Steve LaTourette 17%
James Leach 67%
Carl Levin 9%
Jerry Lewis 50%
Ron Lewis 17%
Joe Lieberman 27%
Blanche Lincoln 9%
John Linder 33%
William Lipinski 33%
Trent Lott, Sr. 18%
Ken Lucas 17%
Dick Lugar 27%
Don Manzullo 17%
Jim Matheson 50%
Robert Matsui 67%
Carolyn McCarthy 17%
Karen McCarthy 67%
James McCrery III 17%
John McHugh 17%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 17%
Mike McIntyre 17%
Buck McKeon 50%
Michael McNulty 67%
Martin Meehan 67%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 50%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 33%
Gary Miller 33%
George Miller 83%
Zell Bryan Miller 18%
Alan Mollohan 17%
Dennis Moore 67%
Jim Moran, Jr. 50%
Jack Murtha 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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