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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Rob Andrews 88%
Shelley Berkley 88%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 88%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 88%
Dennis Kucinich 75%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 75%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 75%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 70%
Jon Corzine 70%
Russ Feingold 70%
Frank Lautenberg 70%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 70%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 70%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 62%
Charlie Bass 62%
Howard Berman 62%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 62%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 62%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 62%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 62%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 62%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 62%
James Davis 62%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 62%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 62%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 62%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 62%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 62%
Barney Frank 62%
Jane Harman 62%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 62%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 62%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 62%
Brad Miller 62%
Dave Obey 62%
Ron Paul 62%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 62%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 62%
James Ramstad 62%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 62%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 62%
Christopher Shays 62%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 62%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 62%
Vic Snyder 62%
Pete Stark 62%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 62%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 60%
Hillary Clinton 60%
Judd Gregg 60%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 60%
Herb Kohl 60%
John Sununu 60%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 60%
Thomas Allen 50%
Brian Baird 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 50%
Robert Byrd 50%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 50%
Edward Case 50%
Mike Castle 50%
Ben Chandler III 50%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 50%
Christopher Cox 50%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 50%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 50%
Chris Dodd 50%
Byron Dorgan 50%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 50%
John Ensign 50%
Bob Etheridge 50%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 50%
Mark Green 50%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 50%
J. Dennis Hastert 50%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 50%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 50%
Darlene Hooley 50%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 50%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 50%
James Merrill Jeffords 50%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 50%
Dale Kildee 50%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 50%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 50%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 50%
Jon Kyl 50%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 50%
Tom Lantos 50%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 50%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 50%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 50%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 50%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 50%
Michael McNulty 50%
Martin Meehan 50%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 50%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 50%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller 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%
Major Owens 50%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 50%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 50%
Donald Payne 50%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 50%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 50%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 50%
Steve Rothman 50%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 50%
Martin Olav Sabo 50%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 50%
Paul Sarbanes 50%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 50%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 50%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 50%
John Shadegg 50%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 50%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Hilda Solis 50%
John Spratt, Jr. 50%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 50%
Ted Strickland 50%
Ellen Tauscher 50%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 50%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 50%
Mel Watt 50%
Anthony Weiner 50%
Lynn Woolsey 50%
David Wu 50%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 40%
Max Baucus 40%
Evan Bayh 40%
Jeff Bingaman 40%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 40%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
Kent Conrad 40%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 40%
Daniel Inouye 40%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 40%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 40%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 38%
Gary Ackerman 38%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 38%
J. Gresham Barrett 38%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 38%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 38%
Sherwood Boehlert 38%
Rick Boucher 38%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 38%
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%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 38%
Bill Delahunt 38%
Norm Dicks 38%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 38%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 38%
Vern Ehlers 38%
Philip English 38%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 38%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 38%
Tom Feeney 38%
Michael Ferguson 38%

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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