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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Family Research Council

2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 71%
Jerry Costello 71%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 71%
Thomas Davis III 71%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 71%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 71%
Philip English 71%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 71%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 71%
David Lee Hobson 71%
Thomas Holden 71%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 71%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 71%
Joseph Knollenberg 71%
Steve LaTourette 71%
Jerry Lewis 71%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 71%
Connie Mack IV 71%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 71%
Todd Platts 71%
Jon Porter, Sr. 71%
Ralph Regula 71%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 71%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 71%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 71%
Mike Ross 71%
Ike Skelton 71%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 71%
Heather Wilson 71%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 71%
J. Dennis Hastert 67%
Robert Byrd 62%
Judd Gregg 62%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 62%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 62%
Gordon Smith 62%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 57%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 57%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 57%
Robert Cramer 57%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 57%
David Dreier 57%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 57%
Bart Gordon 57%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 57%
Alan Mollohan 57%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 57%
Ron Paul 57%
James Ramstad 57%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 57%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 57%
Mary Bono Mack 42%
Ben Chandler III 42%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 42%
Chet Edwards 42%
Bob Etheridge 42%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 42%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 42%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 42%
Dale Kildee 42%
Jim Oberstar 42%
Deborah Pryce 42%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 42%
John Spratt, Jr. 42%
Bart Stupak 42%
John Tanner 42%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 37%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 37%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 37%
Olympia Snowe 37%
Arlen Specter 37%
Leonard Boswell 28%
Rick Boucher 28%
Dennis Cardoza 28%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 28%
Artur Davis 28%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 28%
Paul Kanjorski 28%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 28%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 28%
Michael McNulty 28%
Jack Murtha 28%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 28%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 28%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 25%
Kent Conrad 25%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 25%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 14%
Russ Carnahan 14%
Mike Castle 14%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 14%
William Jefferson 14%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 14%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 14%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 14%
Dave Obey 14%
Earl Pomeroy 14%
Silvestre Reyes 14%
Vic Snyder 14%
Ed Towns 14%
Albert Wynn 14%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 12%
Max Baucus 12%
Jeff Bingaman 12%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 12%
Byron Dorgan 12%
Daniel Inouye 12%
Herb Kohl 12%
Joe Lieberman 12%
Blanche Lincoln 12%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 12%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 12%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 12%
Ken Salazar 12%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 0%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
Brian Baird 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
Evan Bayh 0%
Melissa Bean 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
Shelley Berkley 0%
Howard Berman 0%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
Judy Biggert 0%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
Julia Carson 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 0%
Hillary Clinton 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
Bill Delahunt 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
Norm Dicks 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 0%
Chris Dodd 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
Russ Feingold 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 0%
Barney Frank 0%
Wayne Gilchrest 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 0%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 0%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 0%
Jane Harman 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 0%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 0%
Darlene Hooley 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 0%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Patrick Kennedy 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 0%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 0%
Dennis Kucinich 0%
Tom Lantos 0%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 0%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 0%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 0%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 0%

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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