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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 12%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 7%
Todd Akin 71%
Rodney Alexander 56%
Wayne Allard 80%
George Allen 74%
Thomas Allen 13%
Rob Andrews 18%
Joe Baca, Sr. 16%
Brian Baird 18%
Richard Hugh Baker 61%
J. Gresham Barrett 71%
Roscoe Bartlett 73%
Charlie Bass 59%
Max Baucus 23%
Evan Bayh 12%
Melissa Bean 34%
Bob Beauprez 64%
Bob Bennett 69%
Shelley Berkley 21%
Howard Berman 13%
Marion Berry 25%
Judy Biggert 53%
Michael Bilirakis 55%
Jeff Bingaman 17%
Sherwood Boehlert 47%
Kit Bond 69%
Henry Bonilla 57%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 61%
Mary Bono Mack 55%
Dan Boren 36%
Leonard Boswell 20%
Rick Boucher 18%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 21%
Henry Brown, Jr. 56%
Ginny Brown-Waite 58%
Jim Bunning 75%
Conrad Burns 67%
Dan Burton 63%
Steve Buyer 61%
Robert Byrd 10%
Chris Cannon 66%
Dennis Cardoza 25%
Russ Carnahan 12%
Julia Carson 14%
Edward Case 20%
Mike Castle 51%
Ben Chandler III 21%
Chris Chocola 71%
Hillary Clinton 9%
Norm Coleman 51%
Kent Conrad 17%
Jerry Costello 22%
Larry Craig 69%
Robert Cramer 32%
Barbara Cubin 62%
Artur Davis 18%
Geoff Davis 55%
James Davis 10%
Jo Ann Davis 61%
Lincoln Davis 29%
Thomas Davis III 49%
Bill Delahunt 15%
Thomas DeLay 55%
James DeMint 85%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 59%
Norm Dicks 16%
Chris Dodd 11%
Elizabeth Dole 68%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 66%
John Doolittle 55%
Byron Dorgan 10%
Thelma Drake 59%
David Dreier 55%
Chet Edwards 22%
Vern Ehlers 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 50%
Philip English 57%
John Ensign 82%
Bob Etheridge 13%
Lane Evans 8%
Terry Everett 58%
Tom Feeney 74%
Russ Feingold 20%
Michael Ferguson 55%
Bob Filner 20%
Mark Foley 55%
Harold Ford, Jr. 15%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 60%
Barney Frank 19%
William Frist 74%
Elton Gallegly 54%
Jim Gibbons 66%
Wayne Gilchrest 48%
Paul Gillmor 52%
Charlie Gonzalez 13%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 56%
Bart Gordon 29%
Mark Green 60%
Judd Gregg 78%
Gilbert Gutknecht 66%
Jane Harman 20%
Katherine Harris 65%
Melissa Hart 58%
Robert Hayes 55%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 69%
Joel Hefley 69%
Wally Herger, Jr. 67%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 19%
Maurice Hinchey 15%
David Lee Hobson 51%
Pete Hoekstra 63%
Thomas Holden 19%
Darlene Hooley 16%
John Nathan Hostettler 71%
Kenny Hulshof 56%
Duncan Hunter 56%
Kay Hutchison 69%
Henry Hyde 54%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 67%
Daniel Inouye 7%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 66%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 12%
William Jefferson 19%
James Merrill Jeffords 9%
William Lewis Jenkins 63%
Nancy Johnson 46%
Tim Johnson 40%
Paul Kanjorski 18%
Ric Keller 64%
Sue Kelly 50%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 7%
Mark Kennedy 59%
Patrick Kennedy 12%
Dale Kildee 13%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 16%
Joseph Knollenberg 53%
Herb Kohl 14%
James Kolbe 59%
Dennis Kucinich 23%
John Kuhl, Jr. 58%
Jon Kyl 87%
Ray LaHood 49%
Tom Lantos 11%
Steve LaTourette 49%
Frank Lautenberg 7%
James Leach 39%
Jerry Lewis 53%
Ron Lewis 60%
Joe Lieberman 9%
Blanche Lincoln 17%
John Linder 69%
Trent Lott, Sr. 70%
Dick Lugar 61%
Dan Lungren 63%
Connie Mack IV 67%
Don Manzullo 66%
Jim Marshall 24%
Melquiades Martinez 70%
Thaddeus McCotter 58%
James McCrery III 57%
John McHugh 48%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 20%
Michael McNulty 16%
Martin Meehan 16%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 15%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 29%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 13%
Brad Miller 9%
Alan Mollohan 18%
Dennis Moore 21%
Jack Murtha 21%
Marilyn Musgrave 70%
Sue Myrick 71%
Ben Nelson 41%
Robert William Ney 50%
Anne Northup 55%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 66%
James Nussle 57%
Jim Oberstar 18%
Dave Obey 16%
John Olver 17%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 17%
Thomas William Osborne 53%
Major Owens 18%
Michael Oxley 54%
Ron Paul 84%
Donald Payne 17%
John Peterson 56%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 53%
Todd Platts 53%
Richard Pombo 59%
Earl Pomeroy 18%
Jon Porter, Sr. 56%
Deborah Pryce 54%
George Radanovich 64%
James Ramstad 51%
Ralph Regula 51%
Denny Rehberg 51%
Richard Renzi 56%

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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