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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 40%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 40%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 22%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 20%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 11%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 88%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 55%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 40%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 60%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 88%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 40%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 50%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 10%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 10%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 60%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 50%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 44%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 10%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 22%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 10%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 30%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 40%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 11%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 20%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 88%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 77%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 40%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 77%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 40%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 80%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 70%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 20%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 40%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 10%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 60%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 88%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 40%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 30%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 88%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 30%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 20%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 11%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 12%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 11%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 11%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 88%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 88%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 12%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 22%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 11%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 22%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 11%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 44%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 11%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 88%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 11%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 66%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 33%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 0%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 11%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 66%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 66%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 0%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 66%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 11%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 0%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 66%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 88%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 11%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 22%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 11%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 66%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 77%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 0%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 66%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 77%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 62%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 77%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 11%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 11%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 62%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 11%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 11%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 11%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 77%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 88%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 11%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 22%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 88%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 55%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 88%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 22%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 22%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 88%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 11%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 11%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 77%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 11%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 11%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 88%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 87%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 55%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 11%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 44%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 11%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 11%

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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