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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 3%
John Adler 21%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 6%
Todd Akin 91%
Rodney Alexander 81%
Jason Altmire 25%
Rob Andrews 2%
Michael Arcuri 20%
Steve Austria 77%
Joe Baca, Sr. 3%
Brian Baird 15%
J. Gresham Barrett 93%
Roscoe Bartlett 86%
Max Baucus 7%
Evan Bayh 39%
Melissa Bean 17%
Bob Bennett 80%
Shelley Berkley 4%
Howard Berman 2%
Marion Berry 13%
Judy Biggert 73%
Brian Bilbray 75%
Jeff Bingaman 4%
John Boccieri 10%
Kit Bond 69%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 85%
Mary Bono Mack 70%
Dan Boren 30%
Leonard Boswell 4%
Rick Boucher 10%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 17%
Bobby Bright 58%
Henry Brown, Jr. 85%
Ginny Brown-Waite 69%
Jim Bunning 92%
Roland Burris 5%
Dan Burton 88%
Steve Buyer 81%
Robert Byrd 11%
Eric Cantor 89%
Joseph Cao 47%
Dennis Cardoza 7%
Russ Carnahan 3%
Christopher Carney 16%
Mike Castle 56%
Ben Chandler III 13%
Travis Childers 36%
Kent Conrad 10%
Jerry Costello 12%
Kathy Dahlkemper 12%
Artur Davis 11%
Geoff Davis 83%
Lincoln Davis 17%
Bill Delahunt 3%
James DeMint 97%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 64%
Norm Dicks 3%
Chris Dodd 5%
Byron Dorgan 13%
David Dreier 80%
Steve Driehaus 15%
Chet Edwards 15%
Vern Ehlers 61%
Brad Ellsworth 25%
Jo Ann Emerson 68%
John Ensign 93%
Bob Etheridge 4%
Russ Feingold 23%
Bob Filner 5%
Barney Frank 2%
Elton Gallegly 84%
Gabrielle Giffords 14%
Charlie Gonzalez 3%
Bart Gordon 10%
Judd Gregg 80%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 39%
John Hall 3%
Debbie Halvorson 12%
Phil Hare 2%
Jane Harman 3%
Wally Herger, Jr. 90%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 22%
Baron Hill 18%
Maurice Hinchey 2%
Paul Hodes 11%
Pete Hoekstra 84%
Thomas Holden 15%
Kay Hutchison 81%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 87%
Daniel Inouye 5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 2%
Tim Johnson 79%
Steve Kagen 7%
Paul Kanjorski 6%
Ted Kaufman 6%
Patrick Kennedy 2%
Dale Kildee 3%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 4%
Mary Jo Kilroy 4%
Larry Kissell 18%
Ron Klein 4%
Herb Kohl 9%
Suzanne Kosmas 19%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 37%
Dennis Kucinich 21%
Jon Kyl 91%
Steve LaTourette 53%
Frank Lautenberg 5%
Chris Lee 69%
Jerry Lewis 80%
Joe Lieberman 10%
Blanche Lincoln 16%
John Linder 93%
Dick Lugar 76%
Dan Lungren 85%
Connie Mack IV 89%
Don Manzullo 86%
Betsy Markey 19%
Jim Marshall 27%
Eric Massa 19%
Thaddeus McCotter 71%
Michael McMahon 16%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 5%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 22%
Brad Miller 3%
Walt Minnick 51%
Harry Mitchell 39%
Alan Mollohan 8%
Dennis Moore 3%
Patrick Murphy 8%
Scott Murphy 21%
Sue Myrick 89%
Ben Nelson 27%
Glenn Nye III 41%
Jim Oberstar 2%
Dave Obey 1%
John Olver 1%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 8%
Ron Paul 96%
Donald Payne 3%
Tom Perriello 17%
Todd Platts 60%
Earl Pomeroy 9%
George Radanovich 88%
Denny Rehberg 77%
Silvestre Reyes 3%
Laura Richardson 3%
Ciro Rodriguez 8%
Mike Ross 14%
Steve Rothman 2%
Mark Schauer 8%
Jean Schmidt 86%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 5%
John Shadegg 95%
Heath Shuler 25%
Ike Skelton 12%
Olympia Snowe 51%
Vic Snyder 4%
Mark Souder 74%
Zack Space 13%
Arlen Specter 26%
John Spratt, Jr. 4%
Pete Stark 13%
Cliff Stearns 85%
Bart Stupak 11%
John Sullivan 88%
Betty Sutton 2%
John Tanner 17%
Gene Taylor 54%
Harry Teague 25%
Todd Tiahrt 86%
Ed Towns 3%
George Voinovich 63%
Zach Wamp 83%
Diane Watson 2%
Mel Watt 2%
Jim Webb, Jr. 13%
Anthony Weiner 3%
Robert Wexler 2%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 7%
Lynn Woolsey 4%
David Wu 2%
Bill Young 69%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 1%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 4%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 2%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 7%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 10%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 3%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 3%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 5%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 1%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 2%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 2%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 2%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 2%

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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