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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2003-2004 Trade Barrier Votes Score

Issues: Conservative , Trade
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 45%
Gary Ackerman 55%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 27%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 20%
Todd Akin 45%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 70%
Rodney Alexander 45%
Wayne Allard 90%
Thomas Allen 64%
Rob Andrews 18%
Joe Baca, Sr. 45%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 64%
Brian Baird 73%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 45%
J. Gresham Barrett 36%
Roscoe Bartlett 64%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 64%
Max Baucus 67%
Evan Bayh 70%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
Bob Bennett 90%
Shelley Berkley 63%
Howard Berman 82%
Marion Berry 45%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 40%
Judy Biggert 91%
Jeff Bingaman 60%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 44%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 64%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 64%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 64%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 91%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 70%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 73%
Kit Bond 78%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 64%
Mary Bono Mack 91%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 82%
Leonard Boswell 91%
Rick Boucher 55%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 40%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 82%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 91%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 45%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 27%
Henry Brown, Jr. 73%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 36%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 90%
Ginny Brown-Waite 70%
Jim Bunning 70%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 60%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 60%
Dan Burton 45%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 50%
Steve Buyer 64%
Robert Byrd 10%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 64%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 91%
Chris Cannon 67%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 73%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 70%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 64%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 82%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 55%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
Dennis Cardoza 55%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 64%
Mike Castle 91%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 64%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 60%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 70%
Hillary Clinton 56%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 36%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 36%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 80%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 64%
Norm Coleman 60%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 70%
Kent Conrad 50%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 50%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 91%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 80%
Jerry Costello 45%
Larry Craig 70%
Robert Cramer 82%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 70%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 64%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 91%
Barbara Cubin 78%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 64%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 56%
Artur Davis 91%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 45%
Lincoln Davis 82%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 91%
Thomas Davis III 67%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 45%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 36%
Bill Delahunt 45%
James DeMint 73%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 70%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 60%
Norm Dicks 82%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 73%
Chris Dodd 40%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 64%
Elizabeth Dole 50%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 50%
John Doolittle 86%
Byron Dorgan 20%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 55%
David Dreier 73%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 36%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 70%
Chet Edwards 73%
Vern Ehlers 91%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 82%
Jo Ann Emerson 63%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 45%
Philip English 64%
John Ensign 60%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 89%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
Bob Etheridge 91%
Terry Everett 64%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 55%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 45%
Tom Feeney 64%
Russ Feingold 10%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 40%
Michael Ferguson 64%
Bob Filner 36%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 64%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 89%
Barney Frank 50%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 60%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 64%
Elton Gallegly 82%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 64%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 64%
Wayne Gilchrest 73%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 64%
Charlie Gonzalez 91%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 9%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 73%
Bart Gordon 70%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 73%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 60%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 27%
Judd Gregg 70%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 45%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 45%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 82%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 30%
Jane Harman 90%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 27%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 73%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 80%
Wally Herger, Jr. 80%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 67%
Baron Hill 91%
Maurice Hinchey 36%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 91%
David Lee Hobson 64%
Pete Hoekstra 56%
Thomas Holden 55%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 64%
Darlene Hooley 82%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 91%
Kenny Hulshof 73%
Duncan Hunter 36%
Kay Hutchison 78%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 80%
Daniel Inouye 30%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 82%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 45%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 55%
William Jefferson 90%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 73%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 64%
Tim Johnson 82%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 33%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 9%
Paul Kanjorski 45%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 36%
Ric Keller 78%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 40%
Patrick Kennedy 45%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Dale Kildee 36%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 60%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 90%

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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