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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

2002 Lifetime Score

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
SD Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels Republican B
SD State House 2 Brock Greenfield Republican A
SD State House 4 Jim Peterson Democratic A
SD State House 12 Hal Wick Republican A
SD State House 21 Julie Bartling Democratic B+
SD State House 24 Tim Rounds Republican A
SD State Senate 3 Al Novstrup Republican B+
SD State Senate 4 Timothy Begalka Republican A
SD State Senate 13 Phyllis Heineman Republican B-
SD State Senate 18 Jean Hunhoff Republican B
SD State Senate 19 Bill Van Gerpen Republican B+
SD State Senate 25 Tim Rave Republican D
SD State Senate 27 James Bradford Democratic B-
SD State Senate 29 Larry Rhoden Republican A+
SD Commissioner 3 Paul Symens C
SD Commissioner At-Large Burt Elliott No Party Affiliation A-
SD Commissioner At-Large James Lintz No Party Affiliation A+
SD Commissioner At-Large Garry Allen Moore No Party Affiliation A+
SD Commissioner At-Large Duane Sutton No Party Affiliation A-
Gene Abdallah B+
Stanford Adelstein D
Kenneth Albers B+
Jerry Apa A
Eric Bogue A
Arnold Brown B+
Jarvis Brown B
Michael Buckingham A-
Quinten Burg C-
Daryl Christensen A-
Rebekah Cradduck B+
Thomas Deadrick B
Patricia de Hueck B-
H. Dennert A-
Larry Diedrich A+
Jay Duenwald A+
J.P. Duniphan A-
Robert Duxbury B
Joel Dykstra D
William Earley A-
Larry Frost A
Arthur Fryslie A
Cooper Garnos B
Margaret Gillespie B+
Mary Glenski A-
Tom Hackl C
Richard Hagen A
Arlene Ham-Burr B
Gary Hanson B+
Dale Hargens B+
Jeffrey Haverly B
Donald Hennies A-
Thomas Hennies F
James Hundstad B
Mike Jaspers A
Kent Juhnke A
Ted Klaudt A
Marguerite Kleven B+
Frank Kloucek A+
Gilbert Koetzle A
Al Koistinen A
Claire Konold B+
Clarence Kooistra A-
John Koskan A+
Elizabeth Kraus A-
Gerald Lange B+
Christopher Madsen A+
Matt McCaulley A
Alice Lucille McCoy A
Royal McCracken A
John McIntyre C
Kathleen Miles B
Casey Murschel B
Sam Nachtigal A-
William Napoli A+
Benjamin Nesselhuf D
Edwin Olson, Jr. A
Mel Olson A+
Ryan Olson A-
Gordon Pederson A
William Peterson B+
Carol Pitts B-
J.E. Putnam A+
John Reedy B+
Donna Schafer B+
Lee Anton Schoenbeck A-
Louis Sebert A
David Sigdestad A
Walter Slaughter B+
Orville Smidt A
Burdette Solum A-
Daniel Sutton C-
John Teupel A
William Thompson D
Paul Valandra A
Donald Van Etten A-
Thomas Van Norman A-
Drue Vitter A-
Ron Williamson B+

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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