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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 6%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 10%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 70%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 69%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 82%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 59%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 78%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 91%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 13%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 11%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 22%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 16%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 77%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 71%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 69%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 51%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 69%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 64%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 75%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 70%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 18%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 5%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 13%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 6%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 59%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 70%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 53%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 76%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 13%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 12%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 5%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 13%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 12%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 78%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 14%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 9%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 74%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 63%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 71%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 79%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 68%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 7%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 18%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 7%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 17%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 19%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 49%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 72%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 59%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 54%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 57%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 17%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 23%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 59%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 55%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 22%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 76%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 59%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 14%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 15%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 10%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 11%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 72%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 55%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 11%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 63%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 13%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 14%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 68%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 56%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 23%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 70%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 17%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 68%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 19%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 70%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 53%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 15%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 18%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 17%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 15%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 60%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 12%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 56%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 55%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 56%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 12%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 17%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 16%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 11%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 16%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 13%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 13%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 14%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 52%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 12%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 52%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 23%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 60%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 32%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 18%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 12%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 61%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 13%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 14%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 62%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 12%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 70%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 70%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 54%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 48%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 42%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 74%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 14%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 10%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 51%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 55%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 52%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 21%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 10%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 15%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 11%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 70%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 65%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 12%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 52%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 58%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 14%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 56%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 60%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 57%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 18%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 12%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 10%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 47%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 63%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 12%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 54%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 72%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 55%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 13%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 67%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 14%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 80%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 33%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 74%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 67%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 65%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 69%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 69%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 61%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 68%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 13%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 62%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 67%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 21%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 67%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 57%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 66%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 12%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 69%

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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