State Office Name Party Rating
Newt Gingrich 98%
Hank Brown 93%
James Ramstad 93%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 93%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 92%
Pete Hoekstra 92%
SC U.S. House-1 Mark Sanford, Jr. R 92%
Scott Klug 91%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 91%
Toby Roth 91%
William Roth, Jr. 91%
IN U.S. Senate-Sr Daniel Coats R 90%
William Phillip Gramm 90%
Rodney Grams 90%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 90%
Jon Kyl 90%
Don Nickles 90%
Christopher Shays 90%
Nick Smith 90%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 90%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 89%
John Ashcroft 89%
Jon Lynn Christensen 89%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 89%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 89%
Judd Gregg 89%
Gilbert Gutknecht 89%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 89%
Stephen Largent 89%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 89%
Linda Smith 89%
Bob Smith 89%
Richard Zimmer 89%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 88%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 88%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 88%
Wes Cooley 88%
Paul Coverdell 88%
Philip Crane 88%
Robert Dole 88%
John Ensign 88%
Jesse Helms 88%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 88%
Trent Lott, Sr. 88%
Connie Mack 88%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 88%
Scott McInnis 88%
Craig Thomas 88%
Fred Thompson 88%
Wayne Allard 87%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 87%
Dick Chrysler 87%
Christopher Cox 87%
Larry Craig 87%
Robert Franks 87%
John Ganske 87%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 87%
Melton Hancock 87%
Van Hilleary 87%
Kay Hutchison 87%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 87%
OH Governor John Kasich R 87%
Dirk Kempthorne 87%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 87%
Dick Lugar 87%
Bill Martini 87%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 87%
Strom Thurmond 87%
Zach Wamp 87%
Charlie Bass 86%
Ed Bryant 86%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 86%
Mark Foley 86%
William Frist 86%
David Funderburk 86%
Enid Greene 86%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 86%
Don Manzullo 86%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 86%
Mark Neumann 86%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 86%
James Nussle 86%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 86%
AZ U.S. House-5 Matt Salmon R 86%
Rick Santorum 86%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 86%
Alan Simpson 86%
Gerald B.H. Solomon 86%
John Warner 86%
Bill Zeliff 86%
Bill Archer 85%
Bob Bennett 85%
Conrad Burns 85%
Dan Burton 85%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 85%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 85%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 85%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 85%
Alfonse D'Amato 85%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 85%
David Dreier 85%
Vern Ehlers 85%
William Goodling 85%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 85%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 85%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 85%
David McIntosh 85%
Jack Metcalf 85%
Frank Murkowski 85%
Sue Myrick 85%
William Paxon 85%
Larry Pressler 85%
Frank Riggs 85%
Daniel Schaefer 85%
Andrea Seastrand 85%
John Shadegg 85%
TX U.S. House-36 Steve Stockman R 85%
Randy Tate 85%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 85%
Todd Tiahrt 85%
Rick White 85%
Richard Armey 84%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 84%
William Baker 84%
Roscoe Bartlett 84%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 84%
Sonny Bono 84%
Michael Collins 84%
Randall Cunningham 84%
Jay Dickey 84%
John Doolittle 84%
Philip English 84%
Harris Fawell 84%
Jack Fields, Jr. 84%
Michael Patrick Forbes 84%
Jon David Fox 84%
Dan Frisa 84%
Porter Goss 84%
Martin Hoke 84%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 84%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 84%
Dan Miller 84%
Carlos Moorhead 84%
Robert William Ney 84%
George Radanovich 84%
Ted Stevens 84%
Bob Stump 84%
James Talent 84%
Robert Walker 84%
Cass Ballenger 83%
Bob Barr, Jr. 83%
Peter Blute 83%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 83%
Kit Bond 83%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 83%
Larry Combest 83%
Barbara Cubin 83%
Thomas DeLay 83%
Robert Dornan 83%
Jennifer Dunn 83%
Thomas Ewing 83%
Elton Gallegly 83%
Slade Gorton 83%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 83%
James Greenwood 83%
Steven Gunderson 83%
James Hansen 83%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 83%
Joel Hefley 83%
Fredrick Kenneth Fred' Heineman 83%
David Lee Hobson 83%
Nancy Landon Kassebaum 83%
John Linder 83%
James Longley, Jr. 83%
Jan Meyers 83%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 83%
John Edward Porter 83%
Deborah Pryce 83%
James Quillen 83%
Ralph Regula 83%
Charles Taylor 83%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 83%
David Weldon 83%
Gerald Weller 83%
Brian Bilbray 82%
Jim Bunning 82%
John Chafee 82%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 82%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 82%
George Gekas 82%
Paul Gillmor 82%
J. Dennis Hastert 82%
Wally Herger, Jr. 82%
Henry Hyde 82%
Jay Kim 82%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 82%
James Kolbe 82%
Rick Lazio 82%
James Leach 82%
Susan Molinari 82%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 82%
Michael Oxley 82%
Richard Pombo 82%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 82%
Marge Roukema 82%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 82%
E.G. Shuster 82%
Mark Souder 82%
Floyd Spence 82%
Cliff Stearns 82%
W. Curtis Weldon 82%
Richard Hugh Baker 81%
Bill Barrett 81%
Michael Bilirakis 81%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 81%
Steve Buyer 81%
Ben Campbell 81%
Mike Castle 81%
Tillie Fowler 81%
Stephen Horn 81%
Ron Lewis 81%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 81%
James McCrery III 81%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 81%
Ronald Packard 81%
Joe Scarborough 81%
William Thomas 81%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 81%
Bill Young 81%
Douglas Bereuter 80%
Henry Bonilla 80%
Herbert Callahan 80%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 80%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 80%
Bill Emerson 80%
Terry Everett 80%
Gary Franks 80%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 80%
Wayne Gilchrest 80%
Mark Hatfield 80%
Duncan Hunter 80%
Sue Kelly 80%
Joseph Knollenberg 80%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 80%
Mike Parker 80%
Jack Quinn 80%
Joseph Skeen 80%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 80%
Olympia Snowe 80%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 80%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 80%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 80%
Herbert Bateman 79%
Michael Patrick Flanagan 79%
Benjamin Gilman 79%
Jerry Lewis 79%
Robert Livingston 79%
Joseph McDade 79%
John McHugh 79%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 79%
Steven Schiff 79%
William Tauzin 79%
Barbara Vucanovich 79%
William Clinger 78%
Steve LaTourette 78%
Jim Lightfoot 78%
Bill McCollum 78%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 78%
James Walsh 78%
Thomas Davis III 77%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 77%
John Nathan Hostettler 77%
Nancy Johnson 77%
Ray LaHood 77%
IN Council Member-At-Large John Myers R 77%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 76%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 75%
Jim Saxton 75%
Peter Torkildsen 75%
Jim Bunn 74%
James Merrill Jeffords 74%
William Cohen 73%
Greg Laughlin 73%
Sherwood Boehlert 72%
Constance Morella 72%
Pete Geren 71%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 71%
Arlen Specter 68%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 66%
G.V. Montgomery 65%
Gary Condit 62%
Gene Taylor 60%
James Hayes 59%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 58%
Bill Brewster 53%
Rob Andrews 51%
David Minge 51%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
Timothy Roemer 48%
Patsy Ann Danner 47%
Bart Gordon 47%
Bill Orton 46%
William Luther 45%
Ike Skelton 45%
John Tanner 45%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 44%
Peter Deutsch 44%
Glenn Poshard 44%
Charles Stenholm 44%
Robert Cramer 43%
Andrew Jacobs, Jr. 43%
William Lipinski 43%
Henry Scott Baesler 42%
Jim Chapman 42%
Robert Clement 42%
Gerald Kleczka 42%
Martin Meehan 42%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 42%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 41%
Norman Sisisky 41%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 41%
Max Baucus 40%
Calvin Dooley 40%
Jim Exon 40%
Glen Browder 39%
Sam Nunn 39%
Lewis Payne, Jr. 39%
James Barcia 38%
Jane Harman 38%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 38%
Karen McCarthy 38%
Michael McNulty 38%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 37%
Tom Bevill 36%
Jerry Costello 36%
Chet Edwards 36%
Joseph Kennedy II 36%
Paul McHale 36%
Owen Pickett 36%
Harold Volkmer 36%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 36%
WI Mayor-At-Large Tom Barrett D 35%
John Bryant 35%
Bob Kerrey 35%
Herb Kohl 35%
Charles Robb 35%
Paul Simon 35%
Ronald Klink 34%
Charles Rose III 34%
Bart Stupak 34%
James Traficant, Jr. 34%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 33%
Paul Kanjorski 33%
Pete Peterson 33%
John Spratt, Jr. 33%
Charles Wilson 33%
Harry Johnston 32%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 32%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 32%
Richard Bryan 31%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 31%
Lee Hamilton 31%
Dale Kildee 31%
Frank Mascara 31%
Robert Torricelli 31%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 30%
Thomas Holden 30%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 30%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 30%
Daniel Graham 29%
W.G. Hefner 29%
John LaFalce 29%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 29%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 29%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 29%
Bob Filner 28%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 28%
Dave Obey 28%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 28%
Karen Thurman 28%
Michael Ward 28%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 28%
Elizabeth Furse 27%
Sam Gibbons 27%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 27%
Carol Moseley Braun 27%
David Skaggs 27%
Howard Berman 26%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 26%
Cleo Fields 26%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 26%
Gerry Studds 26%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 25%
Jeff Bingaman 25%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 25%
Thomas Foglietta 25%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 25%
Tom Lantos 25%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 25%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 25%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 25%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 25%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 25%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 25%
ME Councilor-At-Large John Baldacci D 24%
Anthony Beilenson 24%
E. Kika de la Garza 24%
Russ Feingold 24%
Patrick Kennedy 24%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 24%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 24%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 24%
Jim Oberstar 24%
Earl Pomeroy 24%
OH State Senate-28 Thomas Sawyer D 24%
Frank Tejeda 24%
Bruce Vento 24%
Pat Williams 24%
Robert Borski, Jr. 23%
Rick Boucher 23%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 23%
Lane Evans 23%
Harold Ford, Sr. 23%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 23%
Ernest Hollings 23%
Thomas Manton 23%
John Moakley 23%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 23%
Martin Olav Sabo 23%
Robert Byrd 22%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 22%
Jonas Frost III 22%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 22%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 22%
Joe Lieberman 22%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 22%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 22%
Alan Mollohan 22%
Jack Murtha 22%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 22%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 22%
Pat Schroeder 22%
George Brown, Jr. 21%
Cardiss Collins 21%
Kent Conrad 21%
William Coyne 21%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 21%
Tony Hall 21%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 21%
Robert Matsui 21%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 21%
Ray Thornton 21%
Bill Bradley 20%
Ronald Dellums 20%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 20%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 20%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 20%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 20%
John Olver 20%
Major Owens 20%
Clay Pell 20%
Bill Richardson 20%
Bob Wise, Jr. 20%
Lynn Woolsey 20%
Gary Ackerman 19%
Barney Frank 19%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 19%
Pete Stark 19%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 19%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 19%
Mel Watt 19%
Paul Wellstone 19%
Sidney Yates 19%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 18%
David Edward Bonior 18%
John Breaux 18%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 18%
Norm Dicks 18%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 18%
Chris Dodd 18%
Byron Dorgan 18%
Sam Gejdenson 18%
John Glenn 18%
Frank Lautenberg 18%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 18%
Donald Payne 18%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 18%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 17%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 17%
Ronald Coleman 17%
Thomas Daschle 17%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 17%
Floyd Flake 17%
Maurice Hinchey 17%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 17%
Patrick Moynihan 17%
Louis Stokes 17%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 17%
Esteban Edward Torres 17%
Albert Wynn 17%
Dale Bumpers 16%
William Clay, Sr. 16%
Barbara-Rose Collins 16%
William Jefferson 16%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 16%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 16%
Matthew Martinez 16%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 16%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 16%
Ed Towns 16%
Wendell Ford 15%
Henry Gonzalez 15%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 15%
David Pryor 15%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 14%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 14%
Eva Clayton 14%
J. Bennett Johnston 14%
Paul Sarbanes 14%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 13%
Victor Fazio 13%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 13%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 12%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 11%
Daniel Inouye 11%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 11%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 10%
Carrie Meek 10%
Julian Dixon 9%

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.

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