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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Retire Safe

2003-2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 100%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 64%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 7%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 93%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 93%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 93%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 7%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 79%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 11%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 14%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 11%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 14%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 86%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 7%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 21%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 7%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 7%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 86%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 14%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 71%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 79%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 0%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 93%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 14%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
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%
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%

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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