Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2005 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
Brian Baird 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 100%
John Sununu 90%
Gary Ackerman 88%
Thomas Allen 88%
Rob Andrews 88%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 88%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 88%
Shelley Berkley 88%
Howard Berman 88%
NY U.S. House-1 Tim Bishop D 88%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 88%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 88%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 88%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 88%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 88%
Russ Carnahan 88%
Ben Chandler III 88%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 88%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 88%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 88%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 88%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 88%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 88%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 88%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 88%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 88%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 88%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 88%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 88%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 88%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 88%
Bob Filner 88%
Barney Frank 88%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 88%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 88%
Maurice Hinchey 88%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 88%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 88%
Darlene Hooley 88%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 88%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 88%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 88%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 88%
Patrick Kennedy 88%
Dale Kildee 88%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 88%
Dennis Kucinich 88%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 88%
Tom Lantos 88%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 88%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 88%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 88%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 88%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 88%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 88%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 88%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 88%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 88%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 88%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 88%
Michael McNulty 88%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 88%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 88%
ME U.S. House-2 Mike Michaud D 88%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 88%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 88%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 88%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 88%
Dave Obey 88%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 88%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 88%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 88%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 88%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 88%
Steve Rothman 88%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 88%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 88%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 88%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 88%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 88%
PA U.S. House-13 Allyson Schwartz D 88%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 88%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 88%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 88%
Hilda Solis 88%
Pete Stark 88%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 88%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 88%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 88%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 88%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 88%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 88%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 88%
Diane Watson 88%
Mel Watt 88%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 88%
Anthony Weiner 88%
Lynn Woolsey 88%
David Wu 88%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 87%
Bill Delahunt 87%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 87%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 87%
Jane Harman 87%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 87%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 87%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 87%
John Olver 87%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 87%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 87%
Ron Paul 85%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 85%
Donald Payne 83%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 80%
Melissa Bean 77%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 77%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 77%
Mike Castle 77%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 77%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 77%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 77%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 77%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 77%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 77%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 77%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 77%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 77%
Brad Miller 77%
Dennis Moore 77%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 77%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 77%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 77%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 77%
Jim Saxton 77%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 77%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 77%
Christopher Shays 77%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 77%
Ellen Tauscher 77%
Gene Taylor 77%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 77%
Robert Wexler 77%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 75%
Bart Stupak 75%
Judd Gregg 70%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 70%
GA U.S. House-12 John Barrow D 66%
Julia Carson 66%
Norm Dicks 66%
Bob Etheridge 66%
Tim Johnson 66%
Paul Kanjorski 66%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 66%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 66%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 66%
Jim Oberstar 66%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 66%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 66%
Vic Snyder 66%
John Spratt, Jr. 66%
John Tanner 66%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 66%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 66%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 62%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 62%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 60%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 60%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 60%
Jon Kyl 60%
Frank Lautenberg 60%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 60%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 55%
Joe Baca, Sr. 55%
Marion Berry 55%
Dennis Cardoza 55%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 55%
Jerry Costello 55%
Artur Davis 55%
Lincoln Davis 55%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 55%
PA U.S. House-6 Jim Gerlach R 55%
Bart Gordon 55%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 55%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 55%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 55%
Jim Marshall 55%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 55%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar N/A 55%
Ike Skelton 55%
Evan Bayh 50%
Hillary Clinton 50%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 50%
James DeMint 50%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 50%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 50%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 50%
James Ramstad 50%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 50%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 44%
Kent Conrad 44%
Chris Dodd 44%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 44%
Vern Ehlers 44%
Charlie Gonzalez 44%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 44%
Thomas Holden 44%
William Jefferson 44%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 44%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 44%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 44%
Earl Pomeroy 44%
Silvestre Reyes 44%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 44%
Albert Wynn 44%
Ed Towns 42%
Wayne Allard 40%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 40%
Robert Byrd 40%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 40%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 40%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 40%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 40%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 40%
Herb Kohl 40%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 40%
NA President Barack Obama II D 40%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 40%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 40%
Todd Platts 37%
Bill Young 37%
Dan Boren 33%
Leonard Boswell 33%
Rick Boucher 33%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 33%
Byron Dorgan 33%
Michael Ferguson 33%
Wayne Gilchrest 33%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 33%
Ray LaHood 33%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 33%
Alan Mollohan 33%
Jack Murtha 33%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 33%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 33%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 33%
Heather Wilson 33%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 30%
Daniel Inouye 30%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 30%
Melquiades Martinez 30%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 30%
Ken Salazar 30%
Olympia Snowe 30%
Joe Lieberman 25%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 25%
Mike Ross 25%
Roscoe Bartlett 22%
Jeff Bingaman 22%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 22%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 22%
Ginny Brown-Waite 22%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 22%
Robert Cramer 22%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 22%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 22%
Chet Edwards 22%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 22%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 22%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 22%
Steve LaTourette 22%
Connie Mack IV 22%
John McHugh 22%
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 22%
Richard Renzi 22%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 22%
John Shadegg 22%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 22%
James Walsh 22%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 22%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 20%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 20%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 20%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 20%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 20%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 20%
Blanche Lincoln 20%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Pryor D 20%
Gordon Smith 20%
Arlen Specter 20%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 12%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 12%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 12%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 12%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 11%
Todd Akin 11%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 11%
Richard Hugh Baker 11%
J. Gresham Barrett 11%
Judy Biggert 11%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 11%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 11%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 11%
Mary Bono Mack 11%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 11%
Henry Brown, Jr. 11%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 11%
Dan Burton 11%
Steve Buyer 11%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 11%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 11%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 11%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 11%
Norm Coleman 11%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 11%
Thomas Davis III 11%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 11%
Thelma Drake 11%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 11%
Jo Ann Emerson 11%
Philip English 11%
John Ensign 11%
Terry Everett 11%
Tom Feeney 11%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 11%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 11%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 11%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 11%
Elton Gallegly 11%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 11%
GA U.S. House-11 Phil Gingrey R 11%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 11%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 11%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 11%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 11%
Wally Herger, Jr. 11%
Duncan Hunter 11%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 11%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal R 11%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 11%
Ric Keller 11%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 11%
Ron Lewis 11%
John Linder 11%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 11%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 11%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 11%
Thaddeus McCotter 11%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 11%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 11%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 11%
Marilyn Musgrave 11%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 11%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 11%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 11%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 11%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 11%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 11%
Jon Porter, Sr. 11%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 11%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 11%
Thomas Reynolds 11%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 11%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 11%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 11%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 11%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 11%
Mark Souder 11%
Cliff Stearns 11%
Tom Tancredo 11%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 11%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 11%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 11%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 11%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 11%
Zach Wamp 11%
David Weldon 11%
GA U.S. House-3 Lynn Westmoreland R 11%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 11%
Max Baucus 10%
Jim Bunning 10%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 10%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 10%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 10%
Kay Hutchison 10%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 10%
Dick Lugar 10%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 10%
Ben Nelson 10%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 10%
George Voinovich 10%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 0%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kit Bond 0%
LA U.S. House-3 Charles Boustany, Jr. R 0%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 0%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 0%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 0%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 0%
Larry Craig 0%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Geoff Davis 0%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
John Doolittle 0%
David Dreier 0%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 0%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 0%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 0%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 0%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 0%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 0%
Robert Hayes 0%
David Lee Hobson 0%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Kenny Hulshof 0%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 0%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 0%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 0%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
John Kuhl, Jr. 0%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 0%
Jerry Lewis 0%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Dan Lungren 0%
Don Manzullo 0%
James McCrery III 0%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 0%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 0%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 0%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 0%
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 0%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 0%
Sue Myrick 0%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 0%
John Peterson 0%
GA U.S. House-6 Tom Price R 0%
Deborah Pryce 0%
George Radanovich 0%
Ralph Regula 0%
Denny Rehberg 0%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 0%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 0%
Jean Schmidt 0%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 0%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 0%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 0%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 0%
Ted Stevens 0%
John Sullivan 0%
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
John Warner 0%
Gerald Weller 0%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 0%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 0%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 0%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

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