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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2003-2004 Trade Barrier Votes Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 45%
Gary Ackerman 55%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 20%
Todd Akin 45%
Rodney Alexander 45%
Wayne Allard 90%
Thomas Allen 64%
Rob Andrews 18%
Joe Baca, Sr. 45%
Spencer Bachus 64%
Brian Baird 73%
J. Gresham Barrett 36%
Roscoe Bartlett 64%
Max Baucus 67%
Evan Bayh 70%
Bob Bennett 90%
Shelley Berkley 63%
Howard Berman 82%
Marion Berry 45%
Judy Biggert 91%
Jeff Bingaman 60%
Tim Bishop 64%
Kit Bond 78%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 64%
Mary Bono Mack 91%
Leonard Boswell 91%
Rick Boucher 55%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 82%
Henry Brown, Jr. 73%
Ginny Brown-Waite 70%
Jim Bunning 70%
Dan Burton 45%
Steve Buyer 64%
Robert Byrd 10%
Dave Camp 91%
Chris Cannon 67%
Eric Cantor 73%
Dennis Cardoza 55%
Mike Castle 91%
Saxby Chambliss 60%
Hillary Clinton 56%
Howard Coble 36%
Norm Coleman 60%
Kent Conrad 50%
Jerry Costello 45%
Larry Craig 70%
Robert Cramer 82%
Barbara Cubin 78%
Artur Davis 91%
Lincoln Davis 82%
Thomas Davis III 67%
Bill Delahunt 45%
James DeMint 73%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 70%
Norm Dicks 82%
John Dingell 73%
Chris Dodd 40%
Elizabeth Dole 50%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 50%
John Doolittle 86%
Byron Dorgan 20%
David Dreier 73%
Chet Edwards 73%
Vern Ehlers 91%
Jo Ann Emerson 63%
Philip English 64%
John Ensign 60%
Bob Etheridge 91%
Terry Everett 64%
Tom Feeney 64%
Russ Feingold 10%
Michael Ferguson 64%
Bob Filner 36%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 89%
Barney Frank 50%
Elton Gallegly 82%
Jim Gerlach 64%
Wayne Gilchrest 73%
Phil Gingrey 64%
Charlie Gonzalez 91%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 9%
Bart Gordon 70%
Judd Gregg 70%
Charles Hagel 80%
Ralph Hall 82%
Tom Harkin 30%
Jane Harman 90%
Doc Hastings 73%
Wally Herger, Jr. 80%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 67%
Baron Hill 91%
Maurice Hinchey 36%
David Lee Hobson 64%
Pete Hoekstra 56%
Thomas Holden 55%
Rush Holt, Jr. 64%
Darlene Hooley 82%
Kenny Hulshof 73%
Duncan Hunter 36%
Kay Hutchison 78%
Daniel Inouye 30%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 45%
William Jefferson 90%
Tim Johnson 82%
Timothy Johnson 33%
Paul Kanjorski 45%
Ric Keller 78%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 40%
Patrick Kennedy 45%
Dale Kildee 36%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 60%
Jack Kingston 64%
Joseph Knollenberg 89%
Herb Kohl 20%
Dennis Kucinich 38%
Jon Kyl 80%
Ray LaHood 91%
Nicholas Lampson 73%
Mary Landrieu 60%
Tom Latham 91%
Steve LaTourette 73%
Frank Lautenberg 40%
Carl Levin 60%
Jerry Lewis 64%
Ron Lewis 64%
Joe Lieberman 67%
Blanche Lincoln 70%
John Linder 73%
Dick Lugar 78%
Don Manzullo 90%
Jim Marshall 45%
Jim Matheson 91%
Carolyn McCarthy 70%
Thaddeus McCotter 64%
James McCrery III 73%
John McHugh 45%
Mike McIntyre 45%
Buck McKeon 64%
Michael McNulty 45%
Mike Michaud 55%
Gary Miller 64%
George Miller 40%
Alan Mollohan 45%
Dennis Moore 91%
Jim Moran, Jr. 91%
Jack Murtha 40%
Marilyn Musgrave 60%
Sue Myrick 67%
Ben Nelson 60%
Jim Oberstar 36%
Dave Obey 36%
John Olver 55%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 70%
Ed Pastor 56%
Ron Paul 60%
Donald Payne 36%
John Peterson 82%
Tom Petri 73%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 73%
Todd Platts 64%
Earl Pomeroy 73%
Jon Porter, Sr. 64%
Mark Pryor 80%
George Radanovich 73%
Nick Rahall II 64%
James Ramstad 91%
Ralph Regula 64%
Denny Rehberg 73%
Richard Renzi 64%
Silvestre Reyes 73%
Thomas Reynolds 73%
Jay Rockefeller IV 40%
Ciro Rodriguez 64%
Mike Rogers 64%
Mike Ross 64%
Steve Rothman 20%
Jim Saxton 64%
John Shadegg 64%
Christopher Shays 91%
Ike Skelton 64%
Gordon Smith 60%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Vic Snyder 90%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 45%
Mark Souder 64%
Arlen Specter 60%
John Spratt, Jr. 45%
Pete Stark 30%
Cliff Stearns 60%
Ted Stevens 70%
Bart Stupak 50%
John Sullivan 67%
John Sununu 100%
Tom Tancredo 45%
John Tanner 82%
Ellen Tauscher 91%
Gene Taylor 36%
Lee Terry 80%
Todd Tiahrt 64%
John Tierney 45%

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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