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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

2008 Lifetime Score

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
SD U.S. House At-Large Kristi Noem Republican A-
SD State House 2 Brock Greenfield Republican A+
SD State House 3 Daniel Kaiser Republican B+
SD State House 3 David Novstrup Republican A
SD State House 4 Jim Peterson Democratic A
SD State House 5 Roger Solum Republican A-
SD State House 12 Manny Steele Republican A
SD State House 12 Hal Wick Republican A+
SD State House 14 Marc Feinstein Democratic F
SD State House 15 Patrick Kirschman Democratic D
SD State House 16 James Bolin Republican B+
SD State House 20 Lance Carson Republican A
SD State House 21 Julie Bartling Democratic A-
SD State House 23 Justin Cronin Republican A-
SD State House 23 Charlie Hoffman Republican B+
SD State House 24 Tim Rounds Republican A
SD State House 28B Betty Olson Republican A+
SD State House 30 Lance Russell Republican A
SD State House 30 Mike Verchio Republican A
SD State House 32 Brian Gosch Republican A
SD State House 33 Jacqueline Sly Republican D
SD State House 34 David Lust Republican B+
SD State House 35 Pete Kopp Republican A
SD State Senate 1 Jason Frerichs Democratic B
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 B+
SD State Senate 13 Phyllis Heineman Republican A-
SD State Senate 16 Dan Lederman Republican A-
SD State Senate 18 Jean Hunhoff Republican A
SD State Senate 20 Mike Vehle Republican B
SD State Senate 25 Tim Rave Republican A-
SD State Senate 26 Larry Lucas Democratic F
SD State Senate 27 James Bradford Democratic F
SD State Senate 28 Ryan Maher Republican A
SD State Senate 29 Larry Rhoden Republican A
SD State Senate 33 Phil Jensen Republican A
SD State Senate 34 Craig Tieszen Republican F
SD State Senate 35 Mark Kirkeby Republican B+
SD Secretary of State Jason Gant Republican A+
SD Commissioner At-Large Burt Elliott No Party Affiliation C
SD Commissioner At-Large Garry Allen Moore No Party Affiliation A-
Gene Abdallah A+
Stanford Adelstein C
Daniel Ahlers B-
Kenneth Albers A-
Jamie Boomgarden A+
Thomas Brunner A+
Darrell Cordes A
Joni Cutler B+
Thomas Deadrick A
Thomas Dempster C
H. Dennert A-
Brian Dreyer B+
Elaine Elliott C
Richard Engels B+
Bob Faehn A-
Dennis Finch B-
Arthur Fryslie A
Cooper Garnos A-
James Gilkerson C+
Margaret Gillespie B+
Bob Gray B+
Wayne Greenfield A-
Cliff Hadley A
Joshua Haeder A
Tom Hansen A-
Gary Hanson B
Dale Hargens A-
Jeffrey Haverly A
Scott Heidepriem F
Jerad Higman A
Alan Hoerth B
Gordon Howie A
James Hundstad C+
Everett Hunt A-
Roger Hunt B+
L. Jensen B-
Sandy Jerstad C
Kent Juhnke A
Thomas Katus F
Frank Kloucek B+
David Knudson D
Al Koistinen A+
John Koskan A
Ed McLaughlin B+
Fred McPherson A-
Kathleen Miles B
John Mogen A-
Benjamin Nesselhuf F
Eldon Nygaard C
Janelle O'Connor B
Russell Olson A
Ryan Olson A-
Jodi Owen F
Carol Pitts A
J.E. Putnam A
Dawn Rasmussen B+
Valentine Rausch B+
Tracy Saboe B
Kim Sargent C
Todd Schlekeway B+
Dennis Schmidt A
Orville Smidt B+
Darrell Solberg F
Glennis Stern A
Bob Stevens F
Steve Street B+
William Thompson F
R. Shawn Tornow A-
Hjalmer Tschetter A
Nancy Turbak Berry B+
Charles Turbiville A
Theresa Two Bulls F
Kim Vanneman B
Mark Willadsen A-
Les Wolff 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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