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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Kenny Hulshof 0%
Duncan Hunter 11%
Kay Hutchison 10%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 22%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 20%
Daniel Inouye 30%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 88%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 10%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 11%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 88%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 55%
William Jefferson 44%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 11%
Tim Johnson 66%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 40%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 62%
Paul Kanjorski 66%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 88%
Ric Keller 11%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 60%
Patrick Kennedy 88%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 40%
Dale Kildee 88%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 88%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 0%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 11%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 44%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 0%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
Herb Kohl 40%
Dennis Kucinich 88%
John Kuhl, Jr. 0%
Jon Kyl 60%
Ray LaHood 33%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 22%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 88%
Tom Lantos 88%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 66%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 88%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 0%
Steve LaTourette 22%
Frank Lautenberg 60%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 87%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 30%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 66%
Jerry Lewis 0%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 88%
Ron Lewis 11%
Joe Lieberman 25%
Blanche Lincoln 20%
John Linder 11%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 77%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 77%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 88%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 11%
Dick Lugar 10%
Dan Lungren 0%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 88%
Connie Mack IV 22%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 88%
Don Manzullo 0%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 11%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
Jim Marshall 55%
Melquiades Martinez 30%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 44%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 88%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 11%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 10%
Thaddeus McCotter 11%
James McCrery III 0%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 88%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 11%
John McHugh 22%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 62%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 11%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 0%
Michael McNulty 88%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 88%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 55%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 33%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 0%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 22%
Brad Miller 77%
Alan Mollohan 33%
Dennis Moore 77%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 88%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 88%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 0%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 0%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 40%
Jack Murtha 33%
Marilyn Musgrave 11%
Sue Myrick 0%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 87%
Ben Nelson 10%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 11%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 40%
Jim Oberstar 66%
Dave Obey 88%
John Olver 87%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 25%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 88%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 88%
Ron Paul 85%
Donald Payne 83%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 88%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 11%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44%
John Peterson 0%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 33%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 11%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 11%
Todd Platts 37%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 11%
Earl Pomeroy 44%
Jon Porter, Sr. 11%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 77%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 0%
Deborah Pryce 0%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 20%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 11%
George Radanovich 0%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 77%
James Ramstad 50%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 88%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 70%
Ralph Regula 0%
Denny Rehberg 0%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 11%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 40%
Richard Renzi 22%
Silvestre Reyes 44%
Thomas Reynolds 11%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 30%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 11%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 12%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 33%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 11%
Mike Ross 25%
Steve Rothman 88%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 50%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 66%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 66%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 77%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 55%
Ken Salazar 30%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 88%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 88%
Jim Saxton 77%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 88%
Jean Schmidt 0%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 77%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 88%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 33%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 77%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 44%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 88%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 22%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 0%
John Shadegg 22%
Christopher Shays 77%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 11%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
Ike Skelton 55%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 87%

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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