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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 77%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 88%
Gordon Smith 20%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 11%
Olympia Snowe 30%
Vic Snyder 66%
Hilda Solis 88%
Mark Souder 11%
Arlen Specter 20%
John Spratt, Jr. 66%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 40%
Pete Stark 88%
Cliff Stearns 11%
Ted Stevens 0%
Bart Stupak 75%
John Sullivan 0%
John Sununu 90%
Tom Tancredo 11%
John Tanner 66%
Ellen Tauscher 77%
Gene Taylor 77%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 11%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 66%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 11%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 11%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 88%
Ed Towns 42%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 88%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 11%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 88%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 77%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 22%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 66%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 10%
George Voinovich 10%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 11%
James Walsh 22%
Zach Wamp 11%
John Warner 0%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
Diane Watson 88%
Mel Watt 88%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 88%
Anthony Weiner 88%
David Weldon 11%
Gerald Weller 0%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 11%
Robert Wexler 77%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0%
Heather Wilson 33%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 22%
Lynn Woolsey 88%
David Wu 88%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 80%
Albert Wynn 44%
Bill Young 37%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young 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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