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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 11%
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%
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 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%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 11%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 20%
Neil Abercrombie 55%
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%
Spencer Bachus 11%
Brian Baird 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 11%
J. Gresham Barrett 11%
John Barrow 66%
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%
Tim Bishop 88%
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%
Dave Camp 11%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
Dennis Cardoza 55%
Russ Carnahan 88%
Julia Carson 66%
Mike Castle 77%
Saxby Chambliss 10%
Ben Chandler III 88%
Hillary Clinton 50%
Howard Coble 11%
Thomas Coburn 40%
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%
John Dingell 77%
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%
Jim Gerlach 55%
Wayne Gilchrest 33%
Phil Gingrey 11%
Charlie Gonzalez 44%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 11%
Bart Gordon 55%
Judd Gregg 70%
Charles Hagel 0%
Ralph Hall 0%
Tom Harkin 60%
Jane Harman 87%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Doc Hastings 11%
Robert Hayes 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 11%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 44%
Maurice Hinchey 88%
David Lee Hobson 0%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Thomas Holden 44%
Rush Holt, Jr. 88%
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%
Timothy Johnson 40%
Paul Kanjorski 66%
Ric Keller 11%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 60%
Patrick Kennedy 88%
Dale Kildee 88%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 88%
Jack Kingston 0%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
Herb Kohl 40%
Dennis Kucinich 88%
John Kuhl, Jr. 0%
Jon Kyl 60%
Ray LaHood 33%
Mary Landrieu 22%
Tom Lantos 88%
Tom Latham 0%
Steve LaTourette 22%
Frank Lautenberg 60%
Carl Levin 30%
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%
Jim Matheson 44%
Carolyn McCarthy 88%
Thaddeus McCotter 11%
James McCrery III 0%
John McHugh 22%
Mike McIntyre 62%
Buck McKeon 11%
Michael McNulty 88%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 88%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 33%
Mike Michaud 88%
Gary Miller 11%
George Miller 88%
Brad Miller 77%
Alan Mollohan 33%
Dennis Moore 77%
Jim Moran, Jr. 88%
Jack Murtha 33%
Marilyn Musgrave 11%
Sue Myrick 0%
Ben Nelson 10%
Jim Oberstar 66%
Dave Obey 88%
John Olver 87%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 25%
Ed Pastor 88%
Ron Paul 85%
Donald Payne 83%
John Peterson 0%
Tom Petri 33%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 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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