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Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Wayne Allard 88%
Jon Kyl 88%
Ron Paul 88%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 87%
William Phillip Gramm 87%
Jesse Helms 87%
Don Nickles 87%
Bob Smith 87%
George Voinovich 87%
Tom Tancredo 86%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 85%
Jim Bunning 85%
Judd Gregg 85%
Robert Schaffer 85%
Strom Thurmond 85%
John Ensign 84%
William Frist 84%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 84%
Fred Thompson 84%
Bob Bennett 83%
Kit Bond 83%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 83%
Craig Thomas 83%
Larry Craig 82%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 82%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 82%
Frank Murkowski 82%
Rick Santorum 82%
Conrad Burns 81%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 81%
Trent Lott, Sr. 81%
Dick Lugar 81%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 81%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 81%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 81%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 81%
George Allen 80%
John Shadegg 80%
Ben Campbell 79%
Philip Crane 79%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 79%
Kay Hutchison 79%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 79%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 78%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 78%
Joel Hefley 78%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 77%
Barbara Cubin 77%
Peter Fitzgerald 77%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 77%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 77%
John Warner 77%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 76%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 76%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 76%
Gordon Smith 76%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 76%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 75%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 75%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 75%
Jim Ryun 75%
Todd Akin 74%
Bob Barr, Jr. 74%
Christopher Cox 74%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 74%
Pete Hoekstra 74%
John Nathan Hostettler 74%
Cliff Stearns 74%
Thomas DeLay 73%
James DeMint 73%
John Doolittle 73%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 73%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 73%
Ted Stevens 73%
Dan Burton 72%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 72%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 72%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 72%
Wally Herger, Jr. 72%
Brian Kerns 72%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 71%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 71%
Sue Myrick 71%
Richard Pombo 71%
David Weldon 71%
Roscoe Bartlett 70%
Eric Cantor 70%
Don Manzullo 70%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 69%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 69%
Scott McInnis 69%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 69%
John Sununu 69%
Duncan Hunter 68%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 68%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 68%
Ron Lewis 68%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 68%
Todd Tiahrt 68%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 68%
Richard Armey 67%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 67%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 67%
Chris Cannon 67%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 67%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 67%
Terry Everett 67%
Jim Gibbons 67%
James Hansen 67%
Dan Miller 67%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 67%
Edward Schrock 67%
Mark Souder 67%
Ed Bryant 66%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 66%
Jo Ann Davis 66%
Jennifer Dunn 66%
Ric Keller 66%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 66%
Bob Riley 66%
Christopher Shays 66%
Nick Smith 66%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 66%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 66%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 65%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 65%
Mark Green 65%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 65%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 65%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 65%
Olympia Snowe 65%
Bob Stump 65%
Charles Taylor 65%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 65%
Richard Hugh Baker 64%
Michael Collins 64%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 64%
John Linder 64%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 64%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 64%
Mary Bono Mack 63%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 63%
David Dreier 63%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 63%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 63%
Zell Bryan Miller 63%
James Nussle 63%
George Radanovich 63%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 63%
Steve Buyer 62%
Herbert Callahan 62%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 62%
Larry Combest 62%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 62%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 62%
Elton Gallegly 62%
Porter Goss 62%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 62%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 62%
Van Hilleary 62%
Mark Kennedy 62%
Joseph Knollenberg 62%
James Kolbe 62%
Jerry Lewis 62%
James McCrery III 62%
Anne Northup 62%
James Ramstad 62%
Thomas Reynolds 62%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 62%
Donald Sherwood 62%
Zach Wamp 62%
Charlie Bass 61%
Judy Biggert 61%
Henry Bonilla 61%
Henry Brown, Jr. 61%
Randall Cunningham 61%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 61%
Ernest Fletcher 61%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 61%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 61%
Gilbert Gutknecht 61%
Robert Hayes 61%
Kenny Hulshof 61%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 61%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 61%
John Peterson 61%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 61%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 61%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 61%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 61%
William Tauzin 61%
Wesley Watkins 61%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 61%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 60%
Cass Ballenger 60%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 60%
Thomas Davis III 60%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Mark Foley 60%

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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