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Special Interest Groups

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

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 0%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 88%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 50%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 38%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 88%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 63%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 13%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 50%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 38%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 63%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 13%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 88%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 50%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 88%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 63%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 38%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 13%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 0%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 0%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 88%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 0%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 75%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 0%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 0%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 75%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 13%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 38%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 13%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 88%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 0%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 88%
Joe Baca, Sr. 75%
Brian Baird 63%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 25%
Charlie Bass 0%
Max Baucus 57%
Evan Bayh 63%
Melissa Bean 13%
Bob Beauprez 0%
Bob Bennett 0%
Shelley Berkley 86%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 38%
Judy Biggert 0%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
Sherwood Boehlert 13%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 13%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
Dan Boren 25%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 38%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 75%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 13%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 13%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 75%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
Dennis Cardoza 63%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Julia Carson 88%
Edward Case 50%
Mike Castle 13%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Chris Chocola 0%
Hillary Clinton 100%
Norm Coleman 13%
Kent Conrad 57%
Jerry Costello 38%
Larry Craig 13%
Robert Cramer 29%
Barbara Cubin 13%
Artur Davis 50%
Geoff Davis 0%
James Davis 88%
Jo Ann Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 25%
Thomas Davis III 0%
Bill Delahunt 100%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 25%
Norm Dicks 75%
Chris Dodd 88%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 13%
John Doolittle 13%
Byron Dorgan 88%
Thelma Drake 0%
David Dreier 0%
Chet Edwards 25%
Vern Ehlers 0%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
Philip English 0%
John Ensign 0%
Bob Etheridge 75%
Lane Evans 88%
Terry Everett 0%
Tom Feeney 14%
Russ Feingold 100%
Michael Ferguson 0%
Bob Filner 88%
Mark Foley 13%
Harold Ford, Jr. 38%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0%
Barney Frank 100%
William Frist 0%
Elton Gallegly 0%
Jim Gibbons 0%
Wayne Gilchrest 0%
Paul Gillmor 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 50%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 13%
Bart Gordon 25%
Mark Green 0%
Judd Gregg 13%
Gilbert Gutknecht 13%
Jane Harman 63%
Katherine Harris 13%
Melissa Hart 0%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 13%
Joel Hefley 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 50%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
David Lee Hobson 13%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Thomas Holden 50%
Darlene Hooley 75%
John Nathan Hostettler 14%
Kenny Hulshof 0%
Duncan Hunter 13%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Henry Hyde 0%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 0%
Daniel Inouye 75%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 50%
James Merrill Jeffords 63%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
Nancy Johnson 0%
Tim Johnson 13%
Paul Kanjorski 63%

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.

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