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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Virginia FREE

2009 Effectiveness Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
VA State Senate 29 Charles Colgan, Sr. Democratic 86
Lacey Putney 86
VA State Senate 35 Dick Saslaw Democratic 86
Samuel Nixon, Jr. 84
Phillip Hamilton 83
VA State Senate 12 Walter Stosch Republican 82
William Wampler, Jr. 82
VA State House 28 William Howell Republican 81
VA State House 1 Terry Kilgore Republican 81
VA State Senate 3 Thomas Norment, Jr. Republican 81
VA State House 66 Kirk Cox Republican 80
Kenneth Stolle 80
VA State Senate 10 John Watkins Republican 79
VA State House 42 David Albo Republican 78
Edd Houck 78
VA State House 76 Chris Jones Republican 78
VA State Senate 7 Frank Wagner Republican 78
Ward Armstrong 77
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 77
Joe May 75
VA State House 86 Thomas Rust Republican 75
VA State House 65 Lee Ware, Jr. Republican 75
Kenneth Melvin 73
Glenn Oder 73
VA State Senate 14 John Cosgrove, Jr. Republican 72
VA State House 62 Riley Ingram Republican 71
VA State House 71 Jennifer McClellan Democratic 71
VA State House 73 John O'Bannon III Republican 71
VA State House 54 Bobby Orrock, Sr. Republican 71
Stephen Shannon 71
VA State Senate 32 Janet Howell Democratic 70
VA State House 25 Steve Landes Republican 70
Phillip Puckett 70
Mary Margaret Whipple 70
VA State House 22 Kathy Byron Republican 69
VA State Senate 6 Lynwood Lewis, Jr. Democratic 69
Bob Purkey 69
Christopher Saxman 69
VA State House 30 Edward Scott Republican 69
Beverly Sherwood 69
VA State Senate 24 Emmett Hanger, Jr. Republican 68
VA State House 40 Tim Hugo Republican 68
VA State House 14 Danny Marshall III Republican 68
VA Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam Democratic 68
William Fralin, Jr. 67
Franklin Hall 67
Frank Hargrove, Sr. 67
Clarke Hogan 67
VA U.S. House 5 Robert Hurt Republican 67
VA State House 79 Johnny Joannou Democratic 67
Clifford Athey, Jr. 66
Harry Blevins 66
VA State House 97 Chris Peace Republican 66
Bill Janis 65
Frederick Quayle 65
VA State Senate 25 Creigh Deeds Democratic 64
VA State Senate 26 Mark Obenshain Republican 64
Robert Tata 64
VA Attorney General Mark Herring Democratic 63
VA State Senate 9 Aston McEachin Democratic 63
VA State Senate 23 Stephen Newman Republican 63
Dave Nutter 63
James Shuler 63
VA State House 58 Robert Bell III Republican 62
VA State Senate 21 John Edwards Democratic 62
Matthew Lohr 62
Harvey Morgan 62
VA State House 39 Vivian Watts Democratic 62
VA State Senate 4 Ryan McDougle Republican 61
Clarence Phillips 61
VA State Senate 15 Frank Ruff, Jr. Republican 61
VA State House 43 Mark Sickles Democratic 61
Shannon Valentine 61
Salvatore Iaquinto 60
VA State House 31 Scott Lingamfelter Republican 60
VA State House 68 Manoli Loupassi Republican 60
VA State Senate 36 Toddy Puller Democratic 60
William Reynolds 60
Watkins Abbitt, Jr. 59
VA State Senate 40 Charles Carrico, Sr. Republican 59
VA State House 24 Benjamin Cline Republican 59
VA State Senate 1 John Miller Democratic 59
VA State House 36 Ken Plum Democratic 59
James Scott 59
VA State Senate 27 Jill Vogel Republican 59
VA State Senate 5 Kenny Alexander Democratic 58
VA State House 15 Todd Gilbert Republican 58
Joseph Johnson, Jr. 58
VA State Senate 2 Mamie Locke Democratic 58
VA State Senate 18 Louise Lucas Democratic 58
VA State House 50 Jackson Miller Republican 58
VA State Senate 34 Chap Petersen Democratic 58
Albert Pollard, Jr. 58
VA State Senate 28 Richard Stuart Republican 58
Onzlee Ware 58
Charles Caputo 57
Ken Cuccinelli II 57
VA State House 72 Jimmie Massie III Republican 57
Donald Merricks 57
Patricia Ticer 57
VA State House 57 David Toscano Democratic 57
Kristen Amundson 55
Robert Brink 55
VA State House 37 David Bulova Democratic 55
VA State Senate 37 David Marsden Democratic 55
Margaret Vanderhye 55
William Barlow 54
Robert Hull 54
VA State House 81 Barry Knight Republican 54
Paula Miller 54
David Poisson 54
VA State House 88 Mark Cole Republican 53
Robert Mathieson 53
Yvonne Miller 53
Anne Crockett-Stark 52
Henry Marsh III 52
VA State Senate 11 Stephen Martin Republican 52
VA State House 9 Charles Poindexter Republican 51
VA State House 77 Lionell Spruill, Sr. Democratic 51
VA State Senate 39 George Barker Democratic 50
VA State House 61 Thomas Wright, Jr. Republican 50
David Bouchard 49
VA State House 96 Brenda Pogge Republican 49
Daniel Bowling 48
VA State House 63 Rosalyn Dance Democratic 48
Algie Howell, Jr. 48
Paul Nichols 48
VA State House 92 Jeion Ward Democratic 48
VA State House 95 Mamye BaCote Democratic 46
VA State House 70 Delores McQuinn Democratic 46
VA State House 74 Joe Morrissey Democratic 46
Thomas Gear 45
VA State House 75 Roslyn Tyler Democratic 45
VA State Senate 30 Adam Ebbin Democratic 44
David Englin 44
VA State Senate 19 Ralph Smith Republican 44
VA State House 13 Bob Marshall Republican 43
VA State House 46 Charniele Herring Democratic 37
Albert Eisenberg 36
Jeffrey Frederick 35

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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