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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 55%
Gary Ackerman 88%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 11%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 20%
Todd Akin 11%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Wayne Allard 40%
Thomas Allen 88%
Rob Andrews 88%
Joe Baca, Sr. 55%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 11%
Brian Baird 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 11%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 88%
J. Gresham Barrett 11%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 66%
Roscoe Bartlett 22%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Max Baucus 10%
Evan Bayh 50%
Melissa Bean 77%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
Bob Bennett 0%
Shelley Berkley 88%
Howard Berman 88%
Marion Berry 55%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 40%
Judy Biggert 11%
Jeff Bingaman 22%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 11%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 44%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 88%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 11%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 88%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 11%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 22%
Kit Bond 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 22%
Mary Bono Mack 11%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 11%
Dan Boren 33%
Leonard Boswell 33%
Rick Boucher 33%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 60%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 77%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 87%
Henry Brown, Jr. 11%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 20%
Ginny Brown-Waite 22%
Jim Bunning 10%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 11%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 20%
Dan Burton 11%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 77%
Steve Buyer 11%
Robert Byrd 40%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 11%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 11%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 30%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
Dennis Cardoza 55%
Russ Carnahan 88%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 40%
Julia Carson 66%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
Mike Castle 77%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 22%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 10%
Ben Chandler III 88%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 88%
Hillary Clinton 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 77%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 11%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 40%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
Norm Coleman 11%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0%
Kent Conrad 44%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 77%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 55%
Jerry Costello 55%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 22%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 11%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 77%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 12%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 88%
Artur Davis 55%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 88%
Geoff Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 55%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 88%
Thomas Davis III 11%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 12%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
Bill Delahunt 87%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
James DeMint 50%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 11%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 22%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 22%
Norm Dicks 66%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 77%
Chris Dodd 44%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 88%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 33%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 44%
Thelma Drake 11%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 11%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 50%
Chet Edwards 22%
Vern Ehlers 44%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 88%
Jo Ann Emerson 11%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 88%
Philip English 11%
John Ensign 11%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
Bob Etheridge 66%
Terry Everett 11%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 87%
Tom Feeney 11%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 40%
Michael Ferguson 33%
Bob Filner 88%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 55%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 11%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 11%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 11%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 11%
Barney Frank 88%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 12%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 22%
Elton Gallegly 11%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 11%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 55%
Wayne Gilchrest 33%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 11%
Charlie Gonzalez 44%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 11%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
Bart Gordon 55%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 55%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 55%
Judd Gregg 70%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 87%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 60%
Jane Harman 87%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 87%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 11%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
Robert Hayes 0%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 11%
Wally Herger, Jr. 11%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 44%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 88%
Maurice Hinchey 88%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 33%
David Lee Hobson 0%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Thomas Holden 44%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 88%
Darlene Hooley 88%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 77%

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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