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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

2011 Positions on Tax and Spending

State Office District Name Party Rating
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 8%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 16%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 18%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 12%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 16%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 14%
WA U.S. House 3 Jaime Herrera Beutler Republican 74%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 68%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 72%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 15%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 61%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 14%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 21%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 95%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 17%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 76%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 27%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 12%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 86%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 83%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 77%
WI U.S. House 8 Reid Ribble Republican 85%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 8%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 23%
WV U.S. House 1 David McKinley Republican 64%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 66%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 26%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 89%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 89%
WY U.S. House At-Large Cynthia Lummis Republican 85%
Gary Ackerman 11%
Sandy Adams 76%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 9%
Todd Akin 79%
Rodney Alexander 67%
Jason Altmire 35%
Rob Andrews 10%
Steve Austria 73%
Joe Baca, Sr. 15%
Roscoe Bartlett 79%
Charlie Bass 68%
Max Baucus 11%
Rick Berg 71%
Shelley Berkley 11%
Howard Berman 12%
Judy Biggert 66%
Brian Bilbray 67%
Jeff Bingaman 12%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 67%
Mary Bono Mack 76%
Dan Boren 56%
Leonard Boswell 30%
Scott Brown 60%
Ann Marie Buerkle 82%
Dan Burton 85%
Francisco Canseco 74%
Eric Cantor 73%
Dennis Cardoza 34%
Russ Carnahan 9%
Ben Chandler III 31%
Hansen Clarke 15%
Kent Conrad 9%
Jerry Costello 29%
Chip Cravaack 69%
Mark Critz 22%
Geoff Davis 72%
James DeMint 93%
Norm Dicks 10%
Robert Dold 66%
David Dreier 64%
Jo Ann Emerson 64%
Bob Filner 15%
Barney Frank 20%
Elton Gallegly 73%
Charlie Gonzalez 14%
Frank Guinta 77%
Nan Hayworth 69%
Wally Herger, Jr. 81%
Maurice Hinchey 13%
Kathy Hochul 20%
Thomas Holden 32%
Kay Hutchison 84%
Daniel Inouye 11%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 14%
Tim Johnson 78%
Dale Kildee 6%
Larry Kissell 21%
Herb Kohl 12%
Dennis Kucinich 20%
Jon Kyl 89%
Jeff Landry 85%
Steve LaTourette 61%
Frank Lautenberg 11%
Jerry Lewis 68%
Joe Lieberman 22%
Dick Lugar 84%
Dan Lungren 70%
Connie Mack IV 85%
Don Manzullo 82%
Thaddeus McCotter 72%
Brad Miller 8%
Sue Myrick 78%
Ben Nelson 29%
John Olver 16%
Ron Paul 92%
Donald Payne 12%
Todd Platts 67%
Ben Quayle 86%
Denny Rehberg 70%
Silvestre Reyes 16%
Laura Richardson 17%
David Rivera 66%
Mike Ross 46%
Steve Rothman 8%
Bobby Schilling 68%
Jean Schmidt 77%
Heath Shuler 28%
Olympia Snowe 60%
Pete Stark 19%
Cliff Stearns 88%
John Sullivan 77%
Betty Sutton 12%
Ed Towns 16%
Joe Walsh 90%
Mel Watt 11%
Jim Webb, Jr. 15%
Allen West 75%
Lynn Woolsey 19%
David Wu 19%
Bill Young 67%

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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