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Rating Group: Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 88%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 88%
Todd Akin 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 0%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 88%
Joe Baca, Sr. 75%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
Brian Baird 63%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 63%
Roscoe Bartlett 25%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 0%
Max Baucus 57%
Evan Bayh 63%
Melissa Bean 13%
Bob Beauprez 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 0%
Shelley Berkley 86%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 38%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 88%
Judy Biggert 0%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 13%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 13%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 13%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
Dan Boren 25%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 38%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 13%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 75%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 13%
Ginny Brown-Waite 13%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
Conrad Burns 13%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 0%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 75%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 75%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 63%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Dennis Cardoza 63%
Russ Carnahan 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 63%
Julia Carson 88%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
Edward Case 50%
Mike Castle 13%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 50%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Chris Chocola 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 88%
Hillary Clinton 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 88%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 13%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
Norm Coleman 13%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0%
Kent Conrad 57%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 50%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 50%
Jerry Costello 38%
Larry Craig 13%
Robert Cramer 29%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 13%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 88%
Barbara Cubin 13%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Artur Davis 50%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 88%
Geoff Davis 0%
James Davis 88%
Jo Ann Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 25%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
Thomas Davis III 0%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 0%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 38%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 25%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 14%
Norm Dicks 75%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 88%
Chris Dodd 88%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 13%
John Doolittle 13%
Byron Dorgan 88%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 88%
Thelma Drake 0%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 88%
Chet Edwards 25%
Vern Ehlers 0%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 88%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 0%
John Ensign 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 75%
Lane Evans 88%
Terry Everett 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Tom Feeney 14%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 75%
Michael Ferguson 0%
Bob Filner 88%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 13%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 13%
Mark Foley 13%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
Harold Ford, Jr. 38%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 0%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 13%
Barney Frank 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 0%
William Frist 0%
Elton Gallegly 0%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 13%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 13%
Jim Gibbons 0%
Wayne Gilchrest 0%
Paul Gillmor 0%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 50%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 13%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
Bart Gordon 25%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 75%
Mark Green 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 88%
Judd Gregg 13%

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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