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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2003-2004 Trade Barrier Votes Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
John Sununu 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 91%
Judy Biggert 91%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 91%
Mary Bono Mack 91%
Leonard Boswell 91%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 91%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 91%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
Mike Castle 91%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 91%
Artur Davis 91%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 91%
Vern Ehlers 91%
Bob Etheridge 91%
Charlie Gonzalez 91%
Baron Hill 91%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 91%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 91%
Ray LaHood 91%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 91%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 91%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 91%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 91%
Dennis Moore 91%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 91%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 91%
James Ramstad 91%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 91%
Christopher Shays 91%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 91%
Ellen Tauscher 91%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 91%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 91%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 91%
Anthony Weiner 91%
Wayne Allard 90%
Bob Bennett 90%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
Jane Harman 90%
William Jefferson 90%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 90%
Don Manzullo 90%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 90%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 90%
Vic Snyder 90%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 90%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 89%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 89%
Joseph Knollenberg 89%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 88%
John Doolittle 86%
Howard Berman 82%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 82%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 82%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 82%
Robert Cramer 82%
Lincoln Davis 82%
Norm Dicks 82%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 82%
Elton Gallegly 82%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 82%
Darlene Hooley 82%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 82%
Tim Johnson 82%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 82%
John Peterson 82%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 82%
John Tanner 82%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 82%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 82%
Diane Watson 82%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 80%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 80%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 80%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 80%
Wally Herger, Jr. 80%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 80%
Jon Kyl 80%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 80%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 80%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 80%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 80%
John Warner 80%
Kit Bond 78%
Barbara Cubin 78%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 78%
Kay Hutchison 78%
Ric Keller 78%
Dick Lugar 78%
Brian Baird 73%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 73%
Henry Brown, Jr. 73%
Eric Cantor 73%
James DeMint 73%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 73%
David Dreier 73%
Chet Edwards 73%
Wayne Gilchrest 73%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 73%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 73%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 73%
Kenny Hulshof 73%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 73%
Nicholas Lampson 73%
Steve LaTourette 73%
John Linder 73%
James McCrery III 73%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 73%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 73%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 73%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 73%
Earl Pomeroy 73%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 73%
George Radanovich 73%
Denny Rehberg 73%
Silvestre Reyes 73%
Thomas Reynolds 73%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 73%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 73%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 73%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 73%
James Walsh 73%
Mel Watt 73%
Gerald Weller 73%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 70%
Evan Bayh 70%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 70%
Ginny Brown-Waite 70%
Jim Bunning 70%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 70%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 70%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 70%
Larry Craig 70%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 70%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 70%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 70%
Bart Gordon 70%
Judd Gregg 70%
Blanche Lincoln 70%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 70%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 70%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 70%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 70%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 70%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 70%
Ted Stevens 70%
Max Baucus 67%
Chris Cannon 67%
Thomas Davis III 67%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 67%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 67%
Joe Lieberman 67%
Sue Myrick 67%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 67%
John Sullivan 67%
Ed Towns 67%
Thomas Allen 64%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 64%
Roscoe Bartlett 64%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 64%
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%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 64%
Steve Buyer 64%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 64%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 64%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 64%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 64%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 64%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 64%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 64%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 64%
Philip English 64%
Terry Everett 64%
Tom Feeney 64%
Michael Ferguson 64%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 64%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 64%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 64%
David Lee Hobson 64%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 64%

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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