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Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 91%
John Sununu 91%
Jon Kyl 87%
James DeMint 85%
Ron Paul 84%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 83%
John Ensign 82%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 82%
Wayne Allard 80%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 80%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 80%
Tom Tancredo 80%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 79%
John Shadegg 79%
Judd Gregg 78%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 78%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 78%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 77%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 76%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 76%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 76%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 76%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 75%
Jim Bunning 75%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 75%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 75%
George Allen 74%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 74%
Tom Feeney 74%
William Frist 74%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 74%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 74%
Craig Thomas 74%
Roscoe Bartlett 73%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 73%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 73%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 72%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 72%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 72%
Todd Akin 71%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 71%
J. Gresham Barrett 71%
Chris Chocola 71%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 71%
John Nathan Hostettler 71%
Sue Myrick 71%
Cliff Stearns 71%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 70%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 70%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 70%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 70%
Trent Lott, Sr. 70%
Melquiades Martinez 70%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 70%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 70%
Marilyn Musgrave 70%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 70%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 70%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 69%
Bob Bennett 69%
Kit Bond 69%
Larry Craig 69%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 69%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 69%
Joel Hefley 69%
Kay Hutchison 69%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 69%
John Linder 69%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 69%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 69%
Rick Santorum 69%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 69%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 69%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 68%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 68%
Elizabeth Dole 68%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 68%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 68%
Ted Stevens 68%
Conrad Burns 67%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 67%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 67%
Wally Herger, Jr. 67%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 67%
Connie Mack IV 67%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 67%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 67%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 67%
John Warner 67%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 67%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 66%
Chris Cannon 66%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 66%
Jim Gibbons 66%
Gilbert Gutknecht 66%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 66%
Don Manzullo 66%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 66%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 65%
Katherine Harris 65%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 65%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 65%
Bob Beauprez 64%
Ric Keller 64%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 64%
George Radanovich 64%
Jim Ryun 64%
James Talent 64%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 63%
Dan Burton 63%
Pete Hoekstra 63%
William Lewis Jenkins 63%
Dan Lungren 63%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 63%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 63%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 63%
John Sullivan 63%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 63%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 62%
Barbara Cubin 62%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 62%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 62%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 62%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 62%
Zach Wamp 62%
Richard Hugh Baker 61%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 61%
Steve Buyer 61%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 61%
Jo Ann Davis 61%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 61%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 61%
Dick Lugar 61%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 61%
Todd Tiahrt 61%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 60%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 60%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 60%
Mark Green 60%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 60%
Ron Lewis 60%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 60%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 60%
Mike Sodrel 60%
George Voinovich 60%
Charlie Bass 59%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 59%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 59%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 59%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 59%
Thelma Drake 59%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 59%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 59%
Mark Kennedy 59%
James Kolbe 59%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 59%
Richard Pombo 59%
David Weldon 59%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 59%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 58%
Ginny Brown-Waite 58%
Eric Cantor 58%
Terry Everett 58%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 58%
Melissa Hart 58%
John Kuhl, Jr. 58%
Thaddeus McCotter 58%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 58%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 57%
Henry Bonilla 57%
Philip English 57%
James McCrery III 57%
James Nussle 57%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 57%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 57%
Mark Souder 57%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 57%
Gerald Weller 57%
Rodney Alexander 56%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 56%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 56%
Henry Brown, Jr. 56%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 56%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 56%
Kenny Hulshof 56%
Duncan Hunter 56%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 56%
John Peterson 56%
Jon Porter, Sr. 56%
Richard Renzi 56%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 56%
Charles Taylor 56%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 56%
Bill Young 56%
Michael Bilirakis 55%
Mary Bono Mack 55%

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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