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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Retire Safe

2003-2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 7%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 93%
Rodney Alexander 71%
Wayne Allard 89%
George Allen 100%
Thomas Allen 7%
Rob Andrews 14%
Joe Baca, Sr. 21%
Brian Baird 14%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 86%
Roscoe Bartlett 86%
Charlie Bass 79%
Max Baucus 44%
Evan Bayh 22%
Bob Beauprez 93%
Bob Bennett 89%
Shelley Berkley 14%
Howard Berman 14%
Marion Berry 43%
Judy Biggert 93%
Michael Bilirakis 93%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
Sherwood Boehlert 79%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 86%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 100%
Mary Bono Mack 93%
Leonard Boswell 43%
Rick Boucher 29%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 43%
Henry Brown, Jr. 93%
Ginny Brown-Waite 93%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 89%
Dan Burton 71%
Steve Buyer 93%
Robert Byrd 0%
Chris Cannon 93%
Eric Cantor 93%
Dennis Cardoza 43%
Julia Carson 14%
Edward Case 7%
Mike Castle 57%
Ben Chandler III 33%
Chris Chocola 100%
Hillary Clinton 11%
Norm Coleman 89%
Kent Conrad 22%
Jon Corzine 22%
Jerry Costello 43%
Christopher Cox 100%
Larry Craig 89%
Robert Cramer 79%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Artur Davis 14%
James Davis 14%
Jo Ann Davis 86%
Lincoln Davis 43%
Thomas Davis III 93%
Bill Delahunt 7%
Thomas DeLay 100%
James DeMint 64%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 86%
Norm Dicks 14%
Chris Dodd 11%
Elizabeth Dole 89%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 11%
David Dreier 93%
Chet Edwards 43%
Vern Ehlers 57%
Jo Ann Emerson 71%
Philip English 93%
John Ensign 78%
Bob Etheridge 14%
Lane Evans 14%
Terry Everett 93%
Tom Feeney 86%
Russ Feingold 0%
Michael Ferguson 86%
Bob Filner 7%
Mark Foley 100%
Harold Ford, Jr. 14%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 86%
Barney Frank 7%
William Frist 89%
Elton Gallegly 93%
Jim Gibbons 100%
Wayne Gilchrest 64%
Paul Gillmor 86%
Charlie Gonzalez 14%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 93%
Bart Gordon 29%
Mark Green 93%
Judd Gregg 78%
Gilbert Gutknecht 64%
Jane Harman 21%
Katherine Harris 93%
Melissa Hart 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
Robert Hayes 100%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 93%
Joel Hefley 93%
Wally Herger, Jr. 100%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 100%
Maurice Hinchey 7%
David Lee Hobson 93%
Pete Hoekstra 86%
Thomas Holden 36%
Darlene Hooley 29%
John Nathan Hostettler 86%
Kenny Hulshof 100%
Duncan Hunter 93%
Kay Hutchison 100%
Henry Hyde 71%
Daniel Inouye 0%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 92%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
William Jefferson 21%
James Merrill Jeffords 44%
William Lewis Jenkins 93%
Nancy Johnson 64%
Tim Johnson 79%
Paul Kanjorski 29%
Ric Keller 100%
Sue Kelly 79%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Mark Kennedy 93%
Patrick Kennedy 7%
Dale Kildee 7%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 7%
Joseph Knollenberg 93%
Herb Kohl 0%
James Kolbe 93%
Dennis Kucinich 7%
Jon Kyl 100%
Ray LaHood 86%
Tom Lantos 7%
Steve LaTourette 93%
Frank Lautenberg 11%
James Leach 57%
Jerry Lewis 93%
Ron Lewis 100%
Joe Lieberman 0%
Blanche Lincoln 11%
John Linder 93%
Trent Lott, Sr. 89%
Dick Lugar 78%
Don Manzullo 93%
Jim Marshall 29%
Robert Matsui 14%
Thaddeus McCotter 100%
James McCrery III 93%
John McHugh 93%
Michael McNulty 7%
Martin Meehan 7%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 14%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 21%
Brad Miller 7%
Alan Mollohan 21%
Dennis Moore 21%
Jack Murtha 29%
Marilyn Musgrave 79%
Sue Myrick 93%
Ben Nelson 56%
Robert William Ney 100%
Anne Northup 79%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 86%
James Nussle 86%
Jim Oberstar 7%
Dave Obey 14%
John Olver 7%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 21%
Thomas William Osborne 86%
Major Owens 7%
Michael Oxley 93%
Ron Paul 43%
Donald Payne 14%
John Peterson 86%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 86%
Todd Platts 93%
Richard Pombo 100%
Earl Pomeroy 43%
Jon Porter, Sr. 93%
Deborah Pryce 93%
George Radanovich 86%
James Ramstad 79%
Ralph Regula 93%
Denny Rehberg 93%
Richard Renzi 93%
Silvestre Reyes 21%
Thomas Reynolds 100%
Mike Ross 43%
Steve Rothman 14%
Jim Ryun 86%
Martin Olav Sabo 21%

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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