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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 14%
Gary Ackerman 12%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 57%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 7%
Todd Akin 71%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 71%
Rodney Alexander 56%
Wayne Allard 80%
George Allen 74%
Thomas Allen 13%
Rob Andrews 18%
Joe Baca, Sr. 16%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 58%
Brian Baird 18%
Richard Hugh Baker 61%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 19%
J. Gresham Barrett 71%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 21%
Roscoe Bartlett 73%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 69%
Charlie Bass 59%
Max Baucus 23%
Evan Bayh 12%
Melissa Bean 34%
Bob Beauprez 64%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 14%
Bob Bennett 69%
Shelley Berkley 21%
Howard Berman 13%
Marion Berry 25%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 10%
Judy Biggert 53%
Michael Bilirakis 55%
Jeff Bingaman 17%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 63%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 23%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 12%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 74%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 18%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 59%
Sherwood Boehlert 47%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 65%
Kit Bond 69%
Henry Bonilla 57%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 61%
Mary Bono Mack 55%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 59%
Dan Boren 36%
Leonard Boswell 20%
Rick Boucher 18%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 56%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 11%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 21%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 68%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 12%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 11%
Henry Brown, Jr. 56%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 12%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 75%
Ginny Brown-Waite 58%
Jim Bunning 75%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 66%
Conrad Burns 67%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 76%
Dan Burton 63%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 14%
Steve Buyer 61%
Robert Byrd 10%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 55%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 55%
Chris Cannon 66%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 58%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 17%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 49%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 14%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 16%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 13%
Dennis Cardoza 25%
Russ Carnahan 12%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 22%
Julia Carson 14%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 60%
Edward Case 20%
Mike Castle 51%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 70%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 33%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 73%
Ben Chandler III 21%
Chris Chocola 71%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 18%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 12%
Hillary Clinton 9%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 14%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 59%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 83%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 70%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 60%
Norm Coleman 51%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 62%
Kent Conrad 17%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 23%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 33%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 23%
Jerry Costello 22%
Larry Craig 69%
Robert Cramer 32%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 69%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 55%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 10%
Barbara Cubin 62%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 61%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 13%
Artur Davis 18%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 17%
Geoff Davis 55%
James Davis 10%
Jo Ann Davis 61%
Lincoln Davis 29%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 14%
Thomas Davis III 49%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 67%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 16%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 15%
Bill Delahunt 15%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 11%
Thomas DeLay 55%
James DeMint 85%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 54%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 48%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 59%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 68%
Norm Dicks 16%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 16%
Chris Dodd 11%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 18%
Elizabeth Dole 68%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 66%
John Doolittle 55%
Byron Dorgan 10%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 12%
Thelma Drake 59%
David Dreier 55%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 80%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
Chet Edwards 22%
Vern Ehlers 50%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 12%
Jo Ann Emerson 50%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 12%
Philip English 57%
John Ensign 82%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 72%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 14%
Bob Etheridge 13%
Lane Evans 8%
Terry Everett 58%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 17%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 10%
Tom Feeney 74%
Russ Feingold 20%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 13%
Michael Ferguson 55%
Bob Filner 20%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 47%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 91%
Mark Foley 55%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 58%
Harold Ford, Jr. 15%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 54%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 60%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 70%
Barney Frank 19%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 80%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 51%
William Frist 74%
Elton Gallegly 54%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 74%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 42%
Jim Gibbons 66%
Wayne Gilchrest 48%
Paul Gillmor 52%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 59%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 67%
Charlie Gonzalez 13%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 56%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 62%
Bart Gordon 29%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 74%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 56%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 71%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 61%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 13%
Mark Green 60%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 17%
Judd Gregg 78%

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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