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Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 50%
Wally Herger, Jr. 12%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 33%
Maurice Hinchey 38%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 25%
David Lee Hobson 0%
Pete Hoekstra 25%
Thomas Holden 38%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 50%
Darlene Hooley 50%
John Nathan Hostettler 38%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 50%
Kenny Hulshof 0%
Duncan Hunter 25%
Kay Hutchison 30%
Henry Hyde 25%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 20%
Daniel Inouye 40%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 62%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 25%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 12%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 12%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 50%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 38%
William Jefferson 25%
James Merrill Jeffords 50%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 50%
Nancy Johnson 38%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
Tim Johnson 25%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 30%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 25%
Paul Kanjorski 38%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 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 Democratic 10%
Dale Kildee 50%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 50%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 25%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 38%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 25%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 50%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 25%
Joseph Knollenberg 12%
Herb Kohl 60%
James Kolbe 25%
Dennis Kucinich 75%
Jon Kyl 50%
Ray LaHood 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 30%
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%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 12%
Steve LaTourette 12%
Frank Lautenberg 70%
James Leach 12%
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%
Jerry Lewis 12%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 50%
Ron Lewis 12%
Joe Lieberman 30%
Blanche Lincoln 30%
John Linder 38%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 50%
Trent Lott, Sr. 30%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 50%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
Dick Lugar 0%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 50%
Don Manzullo 25%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 50%
Jim Marshall 38%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 25%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 70%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 50%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 62%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 20%
Thaddeus McCotter 12%
James McCrery III 12%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 62%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 50%
John McHugh 25%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 0%
Michael McNulty 50%
Martin Meehan 50%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 50%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 25%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 12%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 40%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 25%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 12%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 12%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 25%
Brad Miller 62%
Alan Mollohan 25%
Dennis Moore 38%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 50%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 0%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 25%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 40%
Jack Murtha 38%
Marilyn Musgrave 25%
Sue Myrick 38%
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%
Ben Nelson 20%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 30%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 12%
Robert William Ney 12%
Anne Northup 25%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 25%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 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 Republican 25%
Major Owens 50%
Michael Oxley 12%
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%
Ron Paul 62%
Donald Payne 50%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 50%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 38%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 12%
John Peterson 25%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 62%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 12%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 38%
Todd Platts 25%
Richard Pombo 0%
Earl Pomeroy 25%
Jon Porter, Sr. 38%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 62%
Deborah Pryce 25%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 30%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 12%
George Radanovich 12%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 50%
James Ramstad 62%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 38%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 70%
Ralph Regula 12%
Denny Rehberg 0%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 30%
Richard Renzi 38%
Silvestre Reyes 12%
Thomas Reynolds 12%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 10%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 50%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 25%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 75%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 25%
Mike Ross 25%
Steve Rothman 50%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 88%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 62%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 75%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 38%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 50%
Jim Ryun 0%
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%
Rick Santorum 20%
Paul Sarbanes 50%
Jim Saxton 38%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 50%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 50%

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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