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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 33%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 18%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 45%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 17%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 17%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 17%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 45%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 33%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 33%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 45%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 83%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 83%
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 18%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 18%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 33%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 33%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 17%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 17%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 17%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 17%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 33%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 17%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 67%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 36%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 27%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 33%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 18%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 17%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 17%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 9%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 33%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 33%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 17%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 33%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 17%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 18%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 17%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 27%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 27%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 17%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 17%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 9%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 17%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 83%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 83%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 67%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 18%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 33%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 33%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 36%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 9%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 27%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 17%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 17%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 17%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 33%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 83%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 17%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 33%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 17%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 17%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 33%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 27%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 9%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 45%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 17%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 17%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 17%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 17%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 17%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 33%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 17%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 33%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 83%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 67%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 27%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 55%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 17%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 50%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 67%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 33%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 33%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 33%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 50%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 33%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 27%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 18%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 17%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 36%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 17%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 33%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 33%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 17%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 33%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 50%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 45%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 67%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 36%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 17%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 17%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 50%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 27%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 67%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 67%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 83%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 18%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 50%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 33%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 17%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 17%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 50%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 33%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 36%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 67%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 9%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 18%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 17%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 17%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 83%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 67%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 50%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 83%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 17%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 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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