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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 19%
Gary Ackerman 9%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 60%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 6%
Todd Akin 74%
Wayne Allard 88%
George Allen 80%
Thomas Allen 11%
Rob Andrews 19%
Richard Armey 67%
Joe Baca, Sr. 13%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 67%
Brian Baird 14%
Richard Hugh Baker 64%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 10%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 14%
Cass Ballenger 60%
James Barcia 27%
Bob Barr, Jr. 74%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 13%
Roscoe Bartlett 70%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 69%
Charlie Bass 61%
Max Baucus 43%
Evan Bayh 20%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 11%
Bob Bennett 83%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 18%
Douglas Bereuter 50%
Shelley Berkley 22%
Howard Berman 12%
Marion Berry 18%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 7%
Judy Biggert 61%
Michael Bilirakis 59%
Jeff Bingaman 7%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 30%
Rod Blagojevich 11%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 19%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 67%
Sherwood Boehlert 51%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 65%
Kit Bond 83%
Henry Bonilla 61%
David Edward Bonior 10%
Mary Bono Mack 63%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 23%
Robert Borski, Jr. 14%
Leonard Boswell 22%
Rick Boucher 12%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 6%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 20%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 69%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 13%
John Breaux 42%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 11%
Henry Brown, Jr. 61%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 15%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 85%
Ed Bryant 66%
Jim Bunning 85%
Conrad Burns 81%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 60%
Dan Burton 72%
Steve Buyer 62%
Robert Byrd 13%
Herbert Callahan 62%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 62%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 66%
Ben Campbell 79%
Chris Cannon 67%
Eric Cantor 70%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 7%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 56%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 15%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 13%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 11%
Jean Carnahan 21%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 21%
Brad Carson 20%
Julia Carson 10%
Mike Castle 56%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 75%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 49%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 65%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 11%
Eva Clayton 8%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 32%
Robert Clement 22%
Hillary Clinton 3%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 14%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 63%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 77%
Michael Collins 64%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 67%
Larry Combest 62%
Gary Condit 38%
Kent Conrad 5%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 22%
John Cooksey 57%
Jon Corzine 9%
Jerry Costello 19%
Christopher Cox 74%
William Coyne 10%
Larry Craig 82%
Robert Cramer 40%
Philip Crane 79%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 79%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 62%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 11%
Barbara Cubin 77%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 74%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 8%
Randall Cunningham 61%
Thomas Daschle 6%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 9%
James Davis 18%
Jo Ann Davis 66%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 18%
Thomas Davis III 60%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 6%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 67%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 13%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 10%
Bill Delahunt 12%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 10%
Thomas DeLay 73%
James DeMint 73%
Peter Deutsch 15%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 75%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 61%
Norm Dicks 12%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 11%
Chris Dodd 6%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 21%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 78%
Calvin Dooley 22%
John Doolittle 73%
Byron Dorgan 6%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 13%
David Dreier 63%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 71%
Jennifer Dunn 66%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 7%
John Edwards 13%
Chet Edwards 15%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 62%
Jo Ann Emerson 57%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 8%
Philip English 58%
John Ensign 84%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 15%
Bob Etheridge 21%
Lane Evans 10%
Terry Everett 67%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 10%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 11%
Russ Feingold 17%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 18%
Michael Ferguson 58%
Bob Filner 18%
Peter Fitzgerald 77%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 87%
Ernest Fletcher 61%
Mark Foley 60%
Harold Ford, Jr. 18%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 63%
Barney Frank 16%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 61%
William Frist 84%
Jonas Frost III 9%
Elton Gallegly 62%
John Ganske 55%
George Gekas 58%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 9%
Jim Gibbons 67%
Wayne Gilchrest 59%
Paul Gillmor 55%
Benjamin Gilman 52%
Charlie Gonzalez 12%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 72%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 72%
Bart Gordon 33%
Porter Goss 62%
Daniel Graham 8%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 64%
William Phillip Gramm 87%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 63%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 78%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 61%
Mark Green 65%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 17%
James Greenwood 57%
Judd Gregg 85%
Felix Grucci, Jr. 58%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 10%
Gilbert Gutknecht 61%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 82%

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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