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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 83%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 83%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 83%
Barney Frank 83%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 83%
Gerald Kleczka 83%
Dennis Kucinich 83%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 83%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 83%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 83%
Major Owens 83%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 83%
Pete Stark 83%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 83%
Anthony Weiner 83%
David Wu 83%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 67%
Gary Ackerman 67%
Joe Baca, Sr. 67%
Brian Baird 67%
Shelley Berkley 67%
Howard Berman 67%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 67%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 67%
Julia Carson 67%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 67%
James Davis 67%
Bill Delahunt 67%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 67%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 67%
Lane Evans 67%
Bob Filner 67%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 67%
Maurice Hinchey 67%
Darlene Hooley 67%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 67%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 67%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 67%
Tom Lantos 67%
James Leach 67%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 67%
Robert Matsui 67%
Karen McCarthy 67%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 67%
Michael McNulty 67%
Martin Meehan 67%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 67%
Dennis Moore 67%
Jim Oberstar 67%
Dave Obey 67%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 67%
Ron Paul 67%
Donald Payne 67%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 67%
Steve Rothman 67%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 67%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 67%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 67%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 67%
Hilda Solis 67%
Ed Towns 67%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 67%
Diane Watson 67%
Lynn Woolsey 67%
Albert Wynn 67%
John Ensign 64%
Hillary Clinton 55%
Russ Feingold 55%
Jon Kyl 55%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 55%
Thomas Allen 50%
Leonard Boswell 50%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 50%
Thomas Davis III 50%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 50%
Bob Etheridge 50%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 50%
Jonas Frost III 50%
Elton Gallegly 50%
Jim Gibbons 50%
Charlie Gonzalez 50%
Jane Harman 50%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 50%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 50%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 50%
William Jefferson 50%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 50%
Patrick Kennedy 50%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 50%
Jerry Lewis 50%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 50%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 50%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 50%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 50%
John Olver 50%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 50%
Silvestre Reyes 50%
Ciro Rodriguez 50%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 50%
Martin Olav Sabo 50%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 50%
Ted Strickland 50%
Bart Stupak 50%
Ellen Tauscher 50%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 50%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 50%
Mel Watt 50%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 50%
Robert Wexler 50%
Evan Bayh 45%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 45%
Jon Corzine 45%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 45%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 45%
Kay Hutchison 45%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 45%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 45%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 45%
Rick Santorum 45%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 45%
Craig Thomas 45%
Wayne Allard 36%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 36%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 36%
Peter Fitzgerald 36%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 36%
Daniel Inouye 36%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 36%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 36%
Don Nickles 36%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 36%
Todd Akin 33%
Rob Andrews 33%
Charlie Bass 33%
Douglas Bereuter 33%
Judy Biggert 33%
Michael Bilirakis 33%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 33%
Rick Boucher 33%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 33%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 33%
Mike Castle 33%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 33%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 33%
Michael Collins 33%
Christopher Cox 33%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 33%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 33%
Thomas DeLay 33%
Peter Deutsch 33%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 33%
John Doolittle 33%
David Dreier 33%
Jennifer Dunn 33%
Vern Ehlers 33%
Michael Ferguson 33%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 33%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 33%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 33%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 33%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 33%
Joel Hefley 33%
Baron Hill 33%
David Lee Hobson 33%

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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