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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 38%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 50%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 88%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 50%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 12%
John Shadegg 50%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 12%
Christopher Shays 62%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 62%
Donald Sherwood 12%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 25%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 25%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 25%
Ike Skelton 12%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 50%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 62%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 50%
Gordon Smith 10%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 12%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Vic Snyder 62%
Hilda Solis 50%
Mark Souder 0%
Arlen Specter 20%
John Spratt, Jr. 50%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 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 Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 38%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 25%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 38%
John Tierney 50%
Ed Towns 38%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 38%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 0%
Mark Udall 62%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 38%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 50%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 38%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 12%
George Voinovich 10%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 12%
James Walsh 25%
Zach Wamp 38%
John Warner 10%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 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 Republican 38%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 38%
Heather Wilson 12%
Frank Wolf 25%
Lynn Woolsey 50%
David Wu 50%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 60%
Albert Wynn 38%
Bill Young 0%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 12%

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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