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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

2006 Lifetime Score

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
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 24 Tim Rounds Republican A
SD State Senate 3 Al Novstrup Republican A
SD State Senate 7 Larry Tidemann Republican B
SD State Senate 9 Deb Peters Republican A
SD State Senate 10 Shantel Krebs Republican A-
SD State Senate 13 Phyllis Heineman Republican B+
SD State Senate 20 Mike Vehle Republican B
SD State Senate 25 Tim Rave Republican A
SD State Senate 29 Larry Rhoden Republican A+
SD Secretary of State Jason Gant Republican B+
SD Commissioner At-Large Burt Elliott No Party Affiliation B+
SD Commissioner At-Large Dick Kelly No Party Affiliation A-
SD Commissioner At-Large James Lintz No Party Affiliation A+
Gene Abdallah A+
Jerry Apa A
Jamie Boomgarden A-
Thomas Brunner A
Michael Buckingham A+
Joni Cutler B+
Justin Davis A-
Thomas Deadrick A
Thomas Dempster C
Jay Duenwald A+
Joel Dykstra A-
William Earley A
Bob Faehn A
Margaret Gillespie A-
Mary Glenski D-
Bob Gray A
Tom Hackl A-
Alan Hanks A+
Tom Hansen A-
Gary Hanson A-
Dale Hargens A-
Jeffrey Haverly A+
Thomas Hills B+
Gordon Howie A-
James Hundstad B-
Roger Hunt A
Barry Jensen A-
Gary Jerke A
Frank Kloucek A+
David Knudson C+
Gilbert Koetzle C+
Al Koistinen A
Michael Kroger C+
Royal McCracken A+
Ed McLaughlin A-
Kenneth McNenny A
Kathleen Miles B
William Napoli A
Paul Nelson B+
Benjamin Nesselhuf A-
Edwin Olson, Jr. A
Ryan Olson A-
Gordon Pederson A-
J.E. Putnam A+
Valentine Rausch B+
Donna Schafer A-
David Sigdestad A-
Orville Smidt A
Daniel Sutton A-
Charles Turbiville A-
Donald Van Etten A
Keri Weems A
Mark Willadsen A-

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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