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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
James DeMint 92%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 92%
John Ensign 91%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 89%
John Sununu 89%
Jim Bunning 88%
Judd Gregg 88%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 88%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 87%
Jon Kyl 87%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 86%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 85%
Wayne Allard 84%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 84%
Ron Paul 84%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 83%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 83%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 83%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 83%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 83%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 83%
John Shadegg 83%
Craig Thomas 83%
Larry Craig 82%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 82%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 82%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 81%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 81%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 80%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 80%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 80%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 80%
Elizabeth Dole 79%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 78%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 78%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 78%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 77%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 77%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 77%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 77%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 77%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 77%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 77%
J. Gresham Barrett 76%
Trent Lott, Sr. 76%
Melquiades Martinez 76%
Tom Tancredo 76%
Chris Cannon 75%
John Linder 75%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 75%
Marilyn Musgrave 75%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 75%
Cliff Stearns 75%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 74%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 74%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 74%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 73%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 73%
John Sullivan 73%
Tom Feeney 72%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 72%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 72%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 72%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 72%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 72%
Todd Akin 71%
Bob Bennett 71%
Sue Myrick 71%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 71%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 70%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 69%
Kay Hutchison 69%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 69%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 68%
Connie Mack IV 68%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 68%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 68%
Kit Bond 67%
Wally Herger, Jr. 67%
Dick Lugar 67%
Dan Lungren 67%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 67%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 67%
John Warner 67%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 66%
Don Manzullo 66%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 65%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 65%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 65%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 65%
George Radanovich 65%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 65%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 64%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 64%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 64%
Pete Hoekstra 64%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 64%
Richard Hugh Baker 63%
Roscoe Bartlett 63%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 63%
Ginny Brown-Waite 63%
Dan Burton 63%
Barbara Cubin 63%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 63%
Ted Stevens 63%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 62%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 62%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 62%
Duncan Hunter 62%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 62%
Ric Keller 62%
Ron Lewis 62%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 62%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 62%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 62%
Michael Bilirakis 61%
Eric Cantor 61%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 61%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 61%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 60%
Steve Buyer 60%
Terry Everett 60%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 60%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 60%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 60%
Judy Biggert 59%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 59%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 59%
Geoff Davis 59%
Gordon Smith 59%
George Voinovich 59%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 58%
Norm Coleman 58%
Robert Hayes 58%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 58%
Joseph Knollenberg 58%
James McCrery III 58%
Jean Schmidt 58%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 58%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 57%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 57%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 57%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 57%
Jo Ann Davis 57%
David Dreier 57%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 57%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 57%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 57%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 57%
Ben Nelson 57%
Bill Young 57%
Rodney Alexander 56%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 56%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 56%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 56%
Todd Tiahrt 56%
Zach Wamp 56%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 56%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 55%
Henry Brown, Jr. 55%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 55%
Paul Gillmor 55%
John Kuhl, Jr. 55%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 55%
John Peterson 55%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 55%
Denny Rehberg 55%
Mark Souder 55%
David Weldon 55%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 54%
Thelma Drake 54%
Kenny Hulshof 54%
Jerry Lewis 54%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 54%
Jon Porter, Sr. 54%
James Ramstad 54%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 54%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 53%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 53%
John Doolittle 53%
Philip English 53%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 53%
Elton Gallegly 53%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 53%
David Lee Hobson 53%
Deborah Pryce 53%
Thomas Reynolds 53%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 53%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 53%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 52%
Mike Castle 52%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 52%
Richard Renzi 52%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 51%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 51%

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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