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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Taxpayers Union

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Ron Paul 89%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 87%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 87%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 85%
Wayne Allard 84%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 84%
Bob Smith 84%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 83%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 83%
William Phillip Gramm 83%
Rodney Grams 83%
Jon Kyl 83%
Don Nickles 83%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 82%
Craig Thomas 82%
Judd Gregg 81%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 80%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 80%
Fred Thompson 80%
John Ashcroft 79%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 79%
Peter Fitzgerald 79%
Connie Mack 79%
Larry Craig 78%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 78%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 78%
Jim Bunning 77%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 77%
Jesse Helms 77%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 77%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 77%
Robert Schaffer 77%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 77%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 77%
Slade Gorton 76%
Joel Hefley 76%
Dick Lugar 76%
Frank Murkowski 76%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 76%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 75%
Paul Coverdell 75%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 75%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 75%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 74%
Trent Lott, Sr. 74%
Rick Santorum 74%
Conrad Burns 73%
Philip Crane 73%
William Frist 73%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 73%
Don Manzullo 73%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 73%
Tom Tancredo 73%
Strom Thurmond 73%
Bob Barr, Jr. 72%
Ben Campbell 72%
Mark Green 72%
Kay Hutchison 72%
William Roth, Jr. 72%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 72%
Christopher Shays 72%
Gordon Smith 72%
Ted Stevens 72%
John Warner 72%
Bob Bennett 71%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 71%
Christopher Cox 71%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 71%
Stephen Largent 71%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 71%
Kit Bond 70%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 70%
John Doolittle 70%
James Ramstad 70%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 70%
John Shadegg 70%
James DeMint 69%
Vern Ehlers 69%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 69%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 69%
Sue Myrick 69%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 69%
Joe Scarborough 69%
John Sununu 69%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 69%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 68%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 68%
Wally Herger, Jr. 68%
Pete Hoekstra 68%
John Nathan Hostettler 68%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 68%
Jim Ryun 68%
Roscoe Bartlett 67%
Gilbert Gutknecht 67%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 67%
Scott McInnis 67%
George Voinovich 67%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 66%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 66%
Cliff Stearns 66%
Bill Archer 65%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 65%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 65%
Van Hilleary 65%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 65%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 65%
Nick Smith 64%
Mark Souder 64%
Todd Tiahrt 64%
Thomas Campbell 63%
Merrill Cook 63%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 63%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 63%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 63%
Kenny Hulshof 63%
Dan Miller 63%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 63%
James Nussle 63%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 62%
Michael Collins 62%
Jennifer Dunn 62%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 62%
Porter Goss 62%
Rick Lazio 62%
David McIntosh 62%
James Rogan 62%
Zach Wamp 62%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 61%
Dan Burton 61%
J. Dennis Hastert 61%
Rick Hill 61%
Steve LaTourette 61%
Bob Stump 61%
David Weldon 61%
Gerald Weller 61%
Richard Armey 60%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 60%
Barbara Cubin 60%
Thomas DeLay 60%
Thomas Ewing 60%
Asa Hutchinson 60%
Jack Metcalf 60%
Bob Riley 60%
Charles Taylor 60%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 60%
Wesley Watkins 60%
Cass Ballenger 59%
Judy Biggert 59%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 59%
Chris Cannon 59%
Larry Combest 59%
Randall Cunningham 59%
Robert Hayes 59%
Ray LaHood 59%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 59%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 59%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 59%
Richard Pombo 59%
George Radanovich 59%
E.G. Shuster 59%
Charlie Bass 58%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 58%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 58%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 58%
Terry Everett 58%
Ernest Fletcher 58%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 58%
James Kolbe 58%
Anne Northup 58%
Michael Oxley 58%
Ronald Packard 58%
Edward Pease 58%
Deborah Pryce 58%
Floyd Spence 58%
John Sweeney 58%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 58%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 58%
Richard Hugh Baker 57%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 57%
William Goodling 57%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 57%
James Leach 57%
John Linder 57%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 57%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 57%
Steve Buyer 56%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 56%
John Cooksey 56%
Mark Foley 56%
Jim Gibbons 56%
David Lee Hobson 56%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 56%
James Merrill Jeffords 56%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 56%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 56%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 56%
Donald Sherwood 56%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 56%
Bill Barrett 55%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 55%

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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