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Rating Group: Family Research Council

2007 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 81
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 81
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 81
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 81
Brian Bilbray 75
Jo Bonner, Jr. 75
Ginny Brown-Waite 75
Jerry Costello 75
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 75
Philip English 75
Vito Fossella, Jr. 75
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 75
Connie Mack IV 75
Todd Platts 75
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 75
John Sullivan 75
Heather Wilson 75
Larry Craig 71
Judd Gregg 71
Dick Lugar 71
Dan Boren 68
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 68
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 68
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 68
Steve LaTourette 68
Jerry Lewis 68
Charles Pickering, Jr. 68
Tom Tancredo 68
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 68
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 62
David Lee Hobson 62
Ray LaHood 62
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 62
Jon Porter, Sr. 62
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 57
Gordon Smith 57
Ted Stevens 57
John Warner 57
Duncan Hunter 56
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 56
Alan Mollohan 56
Ron Paul 56
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 56
Bart Stupak 56
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 56
Barbara Cubin 50
Ike Skelton 50
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 50
Thomas Davis III 43
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 42
Kent Conrad 42
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 42
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 42
Thomas Holden 37
Jim Oberstar 37
James Ramstad 37
Jason Altmire 31
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 31
Marion Berry 31
Judy Biggert 31
Mary Bono Mack 31
Robert Cramer 31
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 31
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 31
Deborah Pryce 31
Mike Ross 31
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 28
Byron Dorgan 28
Olympia Snowe 28
Arlen Specter 28
Christopher Carney 25
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 25
Artur Davis 25
Bob Etheridge 25
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 25
Bart Gordon 25
Dale Kildee 25
Nicholas Lampson 25
John Tanner 25
Mike Castle 18
Chet Edwards 18
Wayne Gilchrest 18
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 18
Baron Hill 18
Paul Kanjorski 18
Tim Mahoney 18
Jack Murtha 18
Earl Pomeroy 18
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 18
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 14
Max Baucus 14
Evan Bayh 14
Robert Byrd 14
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 14
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 14
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 14
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 14
Joe Lieberman 14
Blanche Lincoln 14
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 14
Ken Salazar 14
Rick Boucher 12
Russ Carnahan 12
Ben Chandler III 12
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 12
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 12
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 12
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 12
Dave Obey 12
Ciro Rodriguez 12
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 12
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 12
Zack Space 12
John Spratt, Jr. 12
Anthony Weiner 12
Rob Andrews 6
Joe Baca, Sr. 6
Melissa Bean 6
Howard Berman 6
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 6
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 6
Leonard Boswell 6
Allen Boyd, Jr. 6
Nancy Boyda 6
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 6
Dennis Cardoza 6
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 6
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 6
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 6
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 6
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 6
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 6
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 6
Bill Delahunt 6
Norm Dicks 6
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 6
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 6
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 6
Gabrielle Giffords 6
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 6
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 6
Phil Hare 6
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 6
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 6
Darlene Hooley 6
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 6
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 6
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 6
Steve Kagen 6
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 6
Dennis Kucinich 6
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 6
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 6
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 6
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 6
Brad Miller 6
Harry Mitchell 6
Dennis Moore 6
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 6
Patrick Murphy 6
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 6
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 6
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 6
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 6
Silvestre Reyes 6
Steve Rothman 6
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 6
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 6
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 6
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 6
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 6
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 6
Christopher Shays 6
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 6
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 6
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 6
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 6
Vic Snyder 6
Pete Stark 6
Ed Towns 6
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 6
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 6
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 6
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 6
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 6
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 6
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 0
Gary Ackerman 0
Thomas Allen 0
Michael Arcuri 0
Brian Baird 0
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0
Shelley Berkley 0
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0
Jeff Bingaman 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
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley 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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