Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2004 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 38%
Gary Ackerman 38%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 12%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 40%
Todd Akin 25%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 20%
Rodney Alexander 25%
Wayne Allard 20%
George Allen 10%
Thomas Allen 50%
Rob Andrews 88%
Joe Baca, Sr. 25%
Spencer Bachus 38%
Brian Baird 50%
Richard Hugh Baker 12%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 62%
J. Gresham Barrett 38%
Roscoe Bartlett 25%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 12%
Charlie Bass 62%
Max Baucus 40%
Evan Bayh 40%
Bob Beauprez 0%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 50%
Bob Bennett 10%
Shelley Berkley 88%
Howard Berman 62%
Marion Berry 12%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 60%
Judy Biggert 25%
Michael Bilirakis 25%
Jeff Bingaman 40%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 12%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 12%
Tim Bishop 38%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 12%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 38%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 12%
Sherwood Boehlert 38%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 25%
Kit Bond 10%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 12%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr John Boozman R 12%
Leonard Boswell 25%
Rick Boucher 38%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 70%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 38%
NH State Senate-3 Jeb Bradley R 62%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 25%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 50%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 50%
Henry Brown, Jr. 12%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 62%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 30%
Ginny Brown-Waite 25%
Jim Bunning 10%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 25%
Conrad Burns 10%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 0%
Dan Burton 25%
Steve Buyer 12%
Robert Byrd 50%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 0%
Dave Camp 25%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 25%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 50%
WV U.S. Senate-Jr Shelley Capito R 38%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 38%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 38%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 62%
Dennis Cardoza 25%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 30%
Julia Carson 12%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 25%
Edward Case 50%
Mike Castle 50%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 62%
Lincoln Chafee 40%
Saxby Chambliss 20%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Chris Chocola 12%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 50%
Hillary Clinton 60%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 50%
Howard Coble 25%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 10%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 0%
Norm Coleman 10%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 40%
Kent Conrad 40%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 50%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 62%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 20%
Jon Corzine 70%
Jerry Costello 12%
Christopher Cox 50%
Larry Craig 20%
Robert Cramer 25%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 10%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 0%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 38%
Barbara Cubin 12%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 25%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 50%
Randall Cunningham 12%
Artur Davis 25%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 62%
James Davis 62%
Jo Ann Davis 25%
Lincoln Davis 25%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 62%
Thomas Davis III 12%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 40%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 25%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 62%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 62%
Bill Delahunt 38%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 50%
Thomas DeLay 25%
James DeMint 25%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 10%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 12%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 0%
Norm Dicks 38%
John Dingell 50%
Chris Dodd 50%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 62%
Elizabeth Dole 10%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 20%
John Doolittle 12%
Byron Dorgan 50%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 38%
David Dreier 12%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 38%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 30%
Chet Edwards 25%
Vern Ehlers 38%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 12%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 50%
Philip English 38%
John Ensign 50%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 10%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 62%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 25%
Terry Everett 12%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 38%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 38%
Tom Feeney 38%
Russ Feingold 70%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 50%
Michael Ferguson 38%
Bob Filner 38%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 62%
Mark Foley 0%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 0%
Harold Ford, Jr. 25%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 25%
Barney Frank 62%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 38%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 12%
William Frist 10%
Elton Gallegly 12%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 50%
Jim Gerlach 25%
Jim Gibbons 25%
Wayne Gilchrest 25%
Paul Gillmor 25%
Phil Gingrey 25%
Charlie Gonzalez 25%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 25%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 12%
Bart Gordon 38%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 30%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 12%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 20%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 12%
Mark Green 50%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 25%
Judd Gregg 60%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 50%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutiérrez D 50%
Gilbert Gutknecht 38%
Charles Hagel 20%
Ralph Hall 0%
Tom Harkin 40%
Jane Harman 62%
Katherine Harris 25%
Melissa Hart 12%
J. Dennis Hastert 50%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 25%
Doc Hastings 25%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 10%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 50%
Joel Hefley 25%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 50%
Wally Herger, Jr. 12%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 33%
Maurice Hinchey 38%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 25%
David Lee Hobson 0%
Pete Hoekstra 25%
Thomas Holden 38%
Rush Holt, Jr. 50%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 50%
Darlene Hooley 50%
John Nathan Hostettler 38%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 50%
Kenny Hulshof 0%
Duncan Hunter 25%
Kay Hutchison 30%
Henry Hyde 25%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 20%
Daniel Inouye 40%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 62%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 25%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 50%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 12%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 12%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 50%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 38%
William Jefferson 25%
James Merrill Jeffords 50%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 50%
Nancy Johnson 38%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 0%
Tim Johnson 25%
Timothy Johnson 30%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 25%
Paul Kanjorski 38%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 38%
Ric Keller 12%
Sue Kelly 38%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 60%
Mark Kennedy 25%
Patrick Kennedy 38%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 10%
Dale Kildee 50%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 50%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 50%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 25%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 38%
Jack Kingston 25%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 50%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 25%
Joseph Knollenberg 12%
Herb Kohl 60%
James Kolbe 25%
Dennis Kucinich 75%
Jon Kyl 50%
Ray LaHood 0%
Mary Landrieu 30%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 50%
Tom Lantos 50%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 50%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 50%
Tom Latham 12%
Steve LaTourette 12%
Frank Lautenberg 70%
James Leach 12%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 50%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 50%
Carl Levin 50%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 50%
Jerry Lewis 12%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 50%
Ron Lewis 12%
Joe Lieberman 30%
Blanche Lincoln 30%
John Linder 38%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 50%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 50%
Trent Lott, Sr. 30%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 50%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 0%
Dick Lugar 0%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 50%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 50%
Don Manzullo 25%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 50%
Jim Marshall 38%
Jim Matheson 25%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 70%
Carolyn McCarthy 50%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 62%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 20%
Thaddeus McCotter 12%
James McCrery III 12%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 62%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 50%
John McHugh 25%
Mike McIntyre 38%
Buck McKeon 0%
Michael McNulty 50%
Martin Meehan 50%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 50%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 25%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 50%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 12%
Mike Michaud 50%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 40%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 25%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 12%
Gary Miller 12%
George Miller 50%
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 25%
Brad Miller 62%
Alan Mollohan 25%
Dennis Moore 38%
Jim Moran, Jr. 50%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 0%
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 10%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 25%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 40%
Jack Murtha 38%
Marilyn Musgrave 25%
Sue Myrick 38%
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%
Ben Nelson 20%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 30%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 12%
Robert William Ney 12%
Anne Northup 25%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 25%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 0%
James Nussle 12%
Jim Oberstar 38%
Dave Obey 62%
John Olver 50%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 12%
Thomas William Osborne 0%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 25%
Major Owens 50%
Michael Oxley 12%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 50%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 50%
Ed Pastor 50%
Ron Paul 62%
Donald Payne 50%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 0%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 50%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 38%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 12%
John Peterson 25%
Tom Petri 62%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 12%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 38%
Todd Platts 25%
Richard Pombo 0%
Earl Pomeroy 25%
Jon Porter, Sr. 38%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 62%
Deborah Pryce 25%
Mark Pryor 30%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam R 12%
George Radanovich 12%
Nick Rahall II 50%
James Ramstad 62%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 38%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 70%
Ralph Regula 12%
Denny Rehberg 0%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 30%
Richard Renzi 38%
Silvestre Reyes 12%
Thomas Reynolds 12%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 10%
Jay Rockefeller IV 50%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 25%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 0%
Mike Rogers 25%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 75%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 25%
Mike Ross 25%
Steve Rothman 50%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 38%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 88%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 62%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 75%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 38%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 50%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 50%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 50%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 50%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 50%
Rick Santorum 20%
Paul Sarbanes 50%
Jim Saxton 38%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 62%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 50%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 50%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 38%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 50%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 88%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano Other 50%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 30%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 12%
John Shadegg 50%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 12%
Christopher Shays 62%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 20%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 62%
Donald Sherwood 12%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 0%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 25%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 25%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 25%
Ike Skelton 12%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 50%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 62%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 50%
Gordon Smith 10%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 12%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Vic Snyder 62%
CA Supervisor-1 Hilda Solis 50%
Mark Souder 0%
Arlen Specter 20%
John Spratt, Jr. 50%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 50%
Pete Stark 62%
Cliff Stearns 38%
Ted Stevens 10%
Ted Strickland 50%
Bart Stupak 38%
John Sullivan 12%
John Sununu 60%
John Sweeney 12%
James Talent 10%
Tom Tancredo 38%
John Tanner 25%
Ellen Tauscher 50%
Charles Taylor 25%
Gene Taylor 38%
Lee Terry 25%
Craig Thomas 20%
William Thomas 12%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 38%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 38%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 25%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 38%
John Tierney 50%
Ed Towns 38%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 38%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 0%
Mark Udall 62%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 50%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 38%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 75%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 50%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 38%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr David Vitter R 12%
George Voinovich 10%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 12%
James Walsh 25%
Zach Wamp 38%
John Warner 10%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 50%
Diane Watson 12%
Mel Watt 50%
Henry Waxman 62%
Anthony Weiner 50%
David Weldon 12%
W. Curtis Weldon 38%
Gerald Weller 12%
Robert Wexler 38%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 38%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 0%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 38%
Heather Wilson 12%
Frank Wolf 25%
Lynn Woolsey 50%
David Wu 50%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 60%
Albert Wynn 38%
Bill Young 0%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 12%

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