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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

2004 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
IN U.S. House 3 Marlin Stutzman Republican A
IN U.S. House 6 Luke Messer Republican A
IN State House 1 Linda Lawson Democratic D
IN State House 3 Charlie Brown Democratic F
IN State House 6 Pat Bauer Democratic B-
IN State House 8 Ryan Dvorak Democratic D+
IN State House 9 Scott Pelath Democratic A
IN State House 14 Vernon Smith Democratic F
IN State House 18 David Wolkins Republican A
IN State House 23 William Friend Republican A
IN State House 25 Donald Lehe Republican A
IN State House 27 Sheila Klinker Democratic A-
IN State House 28 Jeffrey Thompson Republican A
IN State House 29 Kathy Richardson Republican A
IN State House 36 Terri Austin Democratic A
IN State House 39 Gerald Torr Republican A+
IN State House 41 Timothy Brown Republican A
IN State House 43 Clyde Kersey Democratic A-
IN State House 50 Daniel Leonard Republican A
IN State House 53 Bob Cherry Republican A
IN State House 54 Thomas Saunders Republican A
IN State House 58 Charles Burton Republican A
IN State House 61 Matt Pierce Democratic D
IN State House 65 Eric Koch Republican A
IN State House 66 Terry Goodin Democratic A+
IN State House 88 Brian Bosma Republican A
IN State House 91 Robert Behning Republican A
IN State House 93 David Frizzell Republican A
IN State House 96 Gregory Porter Democratic F
IN State House 99 Vanessa Summers Democratic F
IN State Senate 3 Earline Rogers Democratic F
IN State Senate 7 Brandt Hershman Republican A
IN State Senate 10 John Broden Democratic C-
IN State Senate 16 David Long Republican A
IN State Senate 20 Howard Kenley Republican B+
IN State Senate 21 James Buck Republican A
IN State Senate 32 Patricia Miller Republican A
IN State Senate 35 Michael Young Republican A-
IN State Senate 50 Vaneta Becker Republican A
IN Secretary of State Connie Lawson Republican A-
IN Commissioner 2 Matthew Whetstone A+
R. Tiny Adams B-
John Aguilera, Jr. B
Robert Alderman A+
Dennis Avery D
Ralph Donald Ayres A
Jeb Bardon F
Robert Bischoff A+
Randy Borror A
James Bottorff A
Anita Bowser F
Richard Bray A+
Billie Breaux F
Mary Kay Budak B
Lawrence Buell, Sr. A
Duane Cheney D
Alan Chowning A+
William Cochran A
William Crawford F
David Crooks A
John Day F
Nancy Dembowski B-
Jerry Denbo A+
Mae Dickinson D
Chester Dobis A
Richard Dodge ?
Cleo Duncan A
Jeffrey Espich A
Ralph Foley A
John Gregory Frenz A
Craig Fry A
Beverly Gard A
Benjamin GiaQuinta, Sr. A
Dale Grubb A+
Eric Gutwein A
Earl Harris F
Steven Heim A
Ron Herrell A
Phillip Hinkle A
Robert Hoffman A
Glenn Howard F
Robert Jackman A
Thomas Kromkowski A
Robert Daniel Kuzman A-
Ronald Liggett A
Teresa Lubbers B
L. Jack Lutz A
Markt Lance Lytle A+
Edmund Mahern D-
Carolene Mays C
Richard McClain A
Robert Meeks A+
Winfield Moses, Jr. B-
Michael Murphy A+
Timothy Neese A
Cindy Noe A
David Orentlicher F
Dennie Oxley II A
Phillip Pflum A
Phyllis Pond A
Scott Reske A
Marvin Riegsecker A
Michael Ripley A
Paul Robertson A
William Ruppel A
Gregory Dale Server A
Vi Simpson F
Samuel Smith, Jr. F
Dan Stevenson, Sr. A-
Russell Stilwell A+
Andy Thomas A
P. Eric Turner A
John Ulmer A+
William Van Haaften A
Thomas Weatherwax A
Peggy Welch A-
David Yount, Sr. A

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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