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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 38%
Gary Ackerman 38%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 12%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 40%
Todd Akin 25%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 20%
Rodney Alexander 25%
Wayne Allard 20%
George Allen 10%
Thomas Allen 50%
Rob Andrews 88%
Joe Baca, Sr. 25%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 38%
Brian Baird 50%
Richard Hugh Baker 12%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 62%
J. Gresham Barrett 38%
Roscoe Bartlett 25%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 12%
Charlie Bass 62%
Max Baucus 40%
Evan Bayh 40%
Bob Beauprez 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 50%
Bob Bennett 10%
Shelley Berkley 88%
Howard Berman 62%
Marion Berry 12%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 60%
Judy Biggert 25%
Michael Bilirakis 25%
Jeff Bingaman 40%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 12%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 38%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 12%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 38%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 12%
Sherwood Boehlert 38%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 25%
Kit Bond 10%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 12%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 12%
Leonard Boswell 25%
Rick Boucher 38%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 70%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 38%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 62%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 25%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 50%
Henry Brown, Jr. 12%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 62%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 30%
Ginny Brown-Waite 25%
Jim Bunning 10%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 25%
Conrad Burns 10%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 25%
Steve Buyer 12%
Robert Byrd 50%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 25%
Chris Cannon 0%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 25%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 50%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 38%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 38%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 38%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 62%
Dennis Cardoza 25%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 30%
Julia Carson 12%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 25%
Edward Case 50%
Mike Castle 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 62%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 40%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 20%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Chris Chocola 12%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 50%
Hillary Clinton 60%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 25%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 10%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
Norm Coleman 10%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
Kent Conrad 40%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 50%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 62%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 20%
Jon Corzine 70%
Jerry Costello 12%
Christopher Cox 50%
Larry Craig 20%
Robert Cramer 25%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 38%
Barbara Cubin 12%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 25%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 50%
Randall Cunningham 12%
Artur Davis 25%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 62%
James Davis 62%
Jo Ann Davis 25%
Lincoln Davis 25%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 62%
Thomas Davis III 12%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 25%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 62%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 62%
Bill Delahunt 38%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 50%
Thomas DeLay 25%
James DeMint 25%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 10%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 12%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 0%
Norm Dicks 38%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 50%
Chris Dodd 50%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 62%
Elizabeth Dole 10%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 20%
John Doolittle 12%
Byron Dorgan 50%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 38%
David Dreier 12%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 38%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 30%
Chet Edwards 25%
Vern Ehlers 38%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 12%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 50%
Philip English 38%
John Ensign 50%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 62%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Lane Evans 25%
Terry Everett 12%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 38%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 38%
Tom Feeney 38%
Russ Feingold 70%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
Michael Ferguson 38%
Bob Filner 38%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 62%
Mark Foley 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
Harold Ford, Jr. 25%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 25%
Barney Frank 62%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 38%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 12%
William Frist 10%
Elton Gallegly 12%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 50%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 25%
Jim Gibbons 25%
Wayne Gilchrest 25%
Paul Gillmor 25%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 25%
Charlie Gonzalez 25%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 25%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 12%
Bart Gordon 38%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 12%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 12%
Mark Green 50%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 25%
Judd Gregg 60%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 50%
Gilbert Gutknecht 38%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 40%
Jane Harman 62%
Katherine Harris 25%
Melissa Hart 12%
J. Dennis Hastert 50%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 25%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 25%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 10%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 50%
Joel Hefley 25%

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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