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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

2008 Fiscally Conservative Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic F
Gary Ackerman F
Daniel Akaka, Sr. F
Jason Altmire F
Rob Andrews F
Michael Arcuri F
Joe Baca, Sr. F
Brian Baird F
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic F
Max Baucus F
Evan Bayh F
Melissa Bean F
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic F
Shelley Berkley F
Howard Berman F
Marion Berry F
Jeff Bingaman F
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic F
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic F
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic F
Dan Boren F
Leonard Boswell F
Rick Boucher F
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic F
Allen Boyd, Jr. F
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic F
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic F
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic F
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic F
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic F
Robert Byrd F
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic F
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic F
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic F
Dennis Cardoza F
Russ Carnahan F
Christopher Carney F
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic F
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic F
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic F
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic F
Ben Chandler III F
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic F
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic F
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic F
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic F
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic F
Kent Conrad F
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic F
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic F
Jerry Costello F
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic F
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic F
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic F
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic F
Artur Davis F
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic F
Lincoln Davis F
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic F
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic F
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic F
Bill Delahunt F
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic F
Norm Dicks F
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic F
Chris Dodd F
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic F
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic F
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic F
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic F
Chet Edwards F
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
Brad Ellsworth F
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic F
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic F
Bob Etheridge F
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic F
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic F
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic F
Bob Filner F
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic F
Barney Frank F
Gabrielle Giffords F
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic F
Charlie Gonzalez F
Bart Gordon F
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic F
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic F
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic F
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic F
John Hall F
Phil Hare F
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic F
Jane Harman F
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic F
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin F
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic F
Baron Hill F
Maurice Hinchey F
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic F
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic F
Paul Hodes F
Thomas Holden F
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic F
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic F
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic F
Daniel Inouye F
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic F
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic F
Jesse Jackson, Jr. F
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic F
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic F
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic F
Steve Kagen F
Paul Kanjorski F
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic F
Patrick Kennedy F
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic F
Dale Kildee F
Carolyn Kilpatrick F
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic F
Ron Klein F
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
Herb Kohl F
Dennis Kucinich F
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic F
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic F
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic F
Frank Lautenberg F
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic F
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic F
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic F
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic F
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic F
Joe Lieberman F
Blanche Lincoln F
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic F
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic F
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic F
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic F
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic F
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic F
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic F
Jim Marshall F
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic F
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic F
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic F
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic F
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic F
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic F
Kendrick Meek, Sr. F
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic F
Charlie Melancon, Sr. F
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic F
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic F
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic F
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic F
Brad Miller F
Alan Mollohan F
Dennis Moore F
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic F
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic F
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic F
Patrick Murphy F
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic F
Jack Murtha F
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic F
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic F
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic F
Ben Nelson F
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic F
Jim Oberstar F
Dave Obey F
John Olver F
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. F
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic F
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic F
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic F
Donald Payne F
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic F
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
Earl Pomeroy F
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic F
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic F
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic F
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic F
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic F
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic F
Silvestre Reyes F
Laura Richardson F
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic F
Ciro Rodriguez F
Mike Ross F
Steve Rothman F
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic F
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic F
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic F
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation F
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic F

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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