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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 9%
Gary Ackerman 9%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 49%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 10%
Todd Akin 78%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 75%
Rodney Alexander 24%
Wayne Allard 84%
George Allen 67%
Thomas Allen 11%
Rob Andrews 11%
Joe Baca, Sr. 10%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 62%
Brian Baird 13%
Richard Hugh Baker 58%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 12%
J. Gresham Barrett 80%
Roscoe Bartlett 80%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 69%
Charlie Bass 59%
Max Baucus 30%
Evan Bayh 25%
Bob Beauprez 72%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 9%
Bob Bennett 70%
Shelley Berkley 16%
Howard Berman 14%
Marion Berry 11%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 15%
Judy Biggert 60%
Michael Bilirakis 59%
Jeff Bingaman 10%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 73%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 11%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 75%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 11%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 67%
Sherwood Boehlert 56%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 70%
Kit Bond 62%
Henry Bonilla 48%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 59%
Mary Bono Mack 51%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 61%
Leonard Boswell 17%
Rick Boucher 13%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 18%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 23%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 54%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 76%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 6%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 11%
Henry Brown, Jr. 55%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 11%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 78%
Ginny Brown-Waite 68%
Jim Bunning 69%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 71%
Conrad Burns 73%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 55%
Dan Burton 65%
Steve Buyer 56%
Robert Byrd 21%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 48%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 55%
Chris Cannon 73%
Eric Cantor 69%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 17%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 9%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 13%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 13%
Dennis Cardoza 16%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 17%
Julia Carson 7%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 69%
Edward Case 19%
Mike Castle 52%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 78%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 49%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 83%
Ben Chandler III 14%
Chris Chocola 75%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 9%
Hillary Clinton 11%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 10%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 73%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 67%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 68%
Norm Coleman 60%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 48%
Kent Conrad 23%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 10%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 15%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 74%
Jon Corzine 19%
Jerry Costello 15%
Christopher Cox 78%
Larry Craig 76%
Robert Cramer 26%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 66%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 50%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 12%
Barbara Cubin 77%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 59%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 7%
Randall Cunningham 54%
Artur Davis 12%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 8%
James Davis 16%
Jo Ann Davis 62%
Lincoln Davis 24%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 12%
Thomas Davis III 53%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 12%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 78%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 13%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 11%
Bill Delahunt 8%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 8%
Thomas DeLay 63%
James DeMint 75%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 57%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 57%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 72%
Norm Dicks 10%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 8%
Chris Dodd 12%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 15%
Elizabeth Dole 64%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 70%
John Doolittle 55%
Byron Dorgan 13%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 6%
David Dreier 52%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 75%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 8%
Chet Edwards 16%
Vern Ehlers 56%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 8%
Jo Ann Emerson 42%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 12%
Philip English 59%
John Ensign 89%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 77%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 13%
Bob Etheridge 13%
Lane Evans 9%
Terry Everett 54%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 11%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 7%
Tom Feeney 82%
Russ Feingold 22%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 14%
Michael Ferguson 48%
Bob Filner 10%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 90%
Mark Foley 56%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 66%
Harold Ford, Jr. 14%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 61%
Barney Frank 12%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 85%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 48%
William Frist 66%
Elton Gallegly 57%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 80%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 46%
Jim Gibbons 77%
Wayne Gilchrest 54%
Paul Gillmor 59%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 72%
Charlie Gonzalez 14%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 65%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 67%
Bart Gordon 21%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 73%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 54%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 69%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 61%
Mark Green 71%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 12%
Judd Gregg 83%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 11%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 9%
Gilbert Gutknecht 79%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 75%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 51%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 10%
Jane Harman 16%
Katherine Harris 72%
Melissa Hart 68%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 12%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 63%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 72%
Robert Hayes 49%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 75%
Joel Hefley 77%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 83%

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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