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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 77%
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%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 11%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 77%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 11%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 12%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 55%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 55%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 55%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 88%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 11%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 44%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 77%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 11%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 88%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 22%
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%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 66%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 11%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 0%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 11%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 77%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 88%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 88%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 0%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 77%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 88%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 44%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 33%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 30%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 11%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 77%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 20%
Gary Ackerman 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 20%
Todd Akin 11%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Wayne Allard 40%
Thomas Allen 88%
Rob Andrews 88%
Joe Baca, Sr. 55%
Brian Baird 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 11%
J. Gresham Barrett 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 22%
Max Baucus 10%
Evan Bayh 50%
Melissa Bean 77%
Bob Bennett 0%
Shelley Berkley 88%
Howard Berman 88%
Marion Berry 55%
Judy Biggert 11%
Jeff Bingaman 22%
Kit Bond 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 22%
Mary Bono Mack 11%
Dan Boren 33%
Leonard Boswell 33%
Rick Boucher 33%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 77%
Henry Brown, Jr. 11%
Ginny Brown-Waite 22%
Jim Bunning 10%
Dan Burton 11%
Steve Buyer 11%
Robert Byrd 40%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
Dennis Cardoza 55%
Russ Carnahan 88%
Julia Carson 66%
Mike Castle 77%
Ben Chandler III 88%
Hillary Clinton 50%
Norm Coleman 11%
Kent Conrad 44%
Jerry Costello 55%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 22%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Artur Davis 55%
Geoff Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 55%
Thomas Davis III 11%
Bill Delahunt 87%
James DeMint 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 22%
Norm Dicks 66%
Chris Dodd 44%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 33%
Thelma Drake 11%
David Dreier 0%
Chet Edwards 22%
Vern Ehlers 44%
Jo Ann Emerson 11%
Philip English 11%
John Ensign 11%
Bob Etheridge 66%
Terry Everett 11%
Tom Feeney 11%
Russ Feingold 100%
Michael Ferguson 33%
Bob Filner 88%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 11%
Barney Frank 88%
Elton Gallegly 11%
Wayne Gilchrest 33%
Charlie Gonzalez 44%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 11%
Bart Gordon 55%
Judd Gregg 70%
Jane Harman 87%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Robert Hayes 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 11%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 44%
Maurice Hinchey 88%
David Lee Hobson 0%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Thomas Holden 44%
Darlene Hooley 88%
Kenny Hulshof 0%
Duncan Hunter 11%
Kay Hutchison 10%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 22%
Daniel Inouye 30%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 88%
William Jefferson 44%
Tim Johnson 66%
Paul Kanjorski 66%
Ric Keller 11%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 60%
Patrick Kennedy 88%
Dale Kildee 88%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 88%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
Herb Kohl 40%
Dennis Kucinich 88%
John Kuhl, Jr. 0%
Jon Kyl 60%
Ray LaHood 33%
Tom Lantos 88%
Steve LaTourette 22%
Frank Lautenberg 60%
Jerry Lewis 0%
Ron Lewis 11%
Joe Lieberman 25%
Blanche Lincoln 20%
John Linder 11%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Dick Lugar 10%
Dan Lungren 0%
Connie Mack IV 22%
Don Manzullo 0%
Jim Marshall 55%
Melquiades Martinez 30%
Thaddeus McCotter 11%
James McCrery III 0%
John McHugh 22%
Michael McNulty 88%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 88%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 33%
Brad Miller 77%
Alan Mollohan 33%
Dennis Moore 77%
Jack Murtha 33%

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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