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Special Interest Groups

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

2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 50%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 50%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 0%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 0%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 50%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 0%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 0%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 0%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 50%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 0%
Thomas Allen 100%
Brian Baird 50%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Evan Bayh 75%
Melissa Bean 0%
Bob Beauprez 0%
Bob Bennett 0%
Marion Berry 50%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 0%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Rick Boucher 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 50%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 75%
Chris Cannon 0%
Julia Carson 100%
Edward Case 50%
Mike Castle 0%
Chris Chocola 0%
Hillary Clinton 50%
Norm Coleman 0%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 50%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Artur Davis 50%
James Davis 100%
Jo Ann Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 50%
Thomas Davis III 0%
Bill Delahunt 75%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 0%
Chris Dodd 75%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 75%
Thelma Drake 0%
Chet Edwards 0%
Vern Ehlers 0%
Philip English 0%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Terry Everett 0%
Tom Feeney 0%
Russ Feingold 75%
Michael Ferguson 0%
Mark Foley 0%
Harold Ford, Jr. 50%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0%
William Frist 0%
Jim Gibbons 0%
Wayne Gilchrest 0%
Paul Gillmor 0%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
Bart Gordon 50%
Mark Green 0%
Judd Gregg 0%
Gilbert Gutknecht 0%
Katherine Harris 0%
Melissa Hart 0%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 0%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 50%
David Lee Hobson 0%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Darlene Hooley 75%
John Nathan Hostettler 0%
Kenny Hulshof 0%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Henry Hyde 0%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 0%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 0%
William Jefferson 50%
James Merrill Jeffords 50%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
Nancy Johnson 0%
Paul Kanjorski 75%
Ric Keller 0%
Sue Kelly 0%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 75%
Mark Kennedy 0%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
James Kolbe 0%
John Kuhl, Jr. 0%
Ray LaHood 0%
Tom Lantos 100%
James Leach 0%
Ron Lewis 0%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
John Linder 0%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Jim Marshall 50%
Melquiades Martinez 0%
James McCrery III 0%
John McHugh 0%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Michael McNulty 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 50%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 75%
Alan Mollohan 50%
Dennis Moore 50%
Jack Murtha 100%
Marilyn Musgrave 0%
Robert William Ney 50%
Anne Northup 0%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 0%
James Nussle 0%
Jim Oberstar 100%
Dave Obey 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 75%
Thomas William Osborne 0%
Major Owens 100%
Michael Oxley 0%
John Peterson 0%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 0%
Richard Pombo 0%
Earl Pomeroy 75%
Jon Porter, Sr. 0%
Deborah Pryce 0%
George Radanovich 0%
James Ramstad 0%
Ralph Regula 0%
Richard Renzi 0%
Thomas Reynolds 0%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
Ken Salazar 50%
Rick Santorum 0%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Jim Saxton 0%
John Schwarz 0%
John Shadegg 0%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 0%
Christopher Shays 25%
Donald Sherwood 0%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 0%
Ike Skelton 50%
Gordon Smith 0%
Vic Snyder 75%
Mike Sodrel 0%
Hilda Solis 100%
Mark Souder 0%
Arlen Specter 0%
John Spratt, Jr. 75%
Ted Stevens 0%
Ted Strickland 100%
Bart Stupak 75%
John Sununu 0%
John Sweeney 0%
James Talent 0%
Tom Tancredo 0%
John Tanner 50%
Ellen Tauscher 75%
Charles Taylor 0%
Gene Taylor 50%
Craig Thomas 0%
William Thomas 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
George Voinovich 0%
James Walsh 0%
Zach Wamp 0%
John Warner 0%
Diane Watson 100%
David Weldon 0%
W. Curtis Weldon 0%
Gerald Weller 0%
Robert Wexler 75%
Heather Wilson 0%
Albert Wynn 75%

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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