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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Republican Liberty Caucus

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Ron Paul 93%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 88%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 88%
Don Manzullo 88%
Robert Schaffer 88%
William Phillip Gramm 86%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 86%
Jon Kyl 86%
Don Nickles 86%
Bob Bennett 85%
Christopher Cox 85%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 85%
James DeMint 84%
Judd Gregg 84%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 84%
John Shadegg 84%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 83%
Wally Herger, Jr. 83%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 83%
Rick Santorum 83%
Thomas DeLay 82%
Stephen Largent 82%
Joel Hefley 81%
Kenny Hulshof 81%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 81%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 81%
John Linder 81%
Sue Myrick 81%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 81%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 81%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 81%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 81%
John Sununu 81%
Fred Thompson 81%
Wayne Allard 80%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 80%
Larry Craig 80%
Philip Crane 80%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
Van Hilleary 80%
Nick Smith 80%
Craig Thomas 80%
Todd Tiahrt 80%
Robert Barr, Jr. 79%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 79%
John Doolittle 79%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 79%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 79%
Pete Hoekstra 79%
John Nathan Hostettler 79%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 79%
Cliff Stearns 79%
Tom Tancredo 79%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 79%
Chris Cannon 78%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 78%
Michael Collins 78%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 78%
William Frist 78%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 78%
Trent Lott, Sr. 78%
Dick Lugar 78%
Frank Murkowski 78%
Richard Pombo 78%
George Radanovich 78%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 78%
Jim Ryun 78%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 78%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 78%
Ted Stevens 78%
Strom Thurmond 78%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 77%
Ed Bryant 77%
Gilbert Gutknecht 77%
Scott McInnis 77%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 77%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 76%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 76%
Barbara Cubin 76%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 76%
Mark Green 76%
Jesse Helms 76%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 76%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 76%
Bob Stump 76%
Jim Bunning 75%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 75%
William Lewis Jenkins 75%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 75%
Bob Smith 75%
John Warner 75%
Roscoe Bartlett 74%
Kit Bond 74%
Dan Burton 74%
Larry Combest 74%
James McCrery III 74%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 74%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 74%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 74%
Richard Armey 73%
James Nussle 73%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 73%
Gordon Smith 73%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 72%
Ben Campbell 72%
Randall Cunningham 72%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 72%
Kay Hutchison 72%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 71%
Michael Oxley 71%
Zach Wamp 71%
Cass Ballenger 70%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 70%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 70%
Terry Everett 70%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 70%
James Kolbe 70%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 70%
George Voinovich 70%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 70%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 70%
Mary Bono Mack 69%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 69%
Jim Gibbons 69%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 69%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 69%
Ron Lewis 69%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 69%
Dan Miller 69%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 69%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 69%
John Peterson 69%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 69%
Mark Souder 69%
Charles Taylor 69%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 69%
Wesley Watkins 69%
Charlie Bass 68%
Henry Bonilla 68%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 68%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 68%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 68%
John Ganske 68%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 68%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 67%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 67%
Porter Goss 67%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 67%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 67%
Olympia Snowe 67%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 67%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 67%
David Weldon 67%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 67%
William Thomas 66%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 66%
Conrad Burns 65%
David Dreier 65%
Peter Fitzgerald 65%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 65%
Steve Buyer 64%
John Cooksey 64%
Jo Ann Emerson 64%
Ernest Fletcher 64%
Robert Hayes 64%
Doug Ose 64%
James Ramstad 64%
William Tauzin 64%
Marion Berry 63%
Jennifer Dunn 63%
Bob Riley 63%
W. Curtis Weldon 63%
Philip English 62%
James Hansen 62%
Duncan Hunter 62%
Joseph Knollenberg 62%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 62%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 62%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 62%
Thomas Davis III 61%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 61%
Robert William Ney 61%
Vern Ehlers 60%
George Gekas 60%
Ray LaHood 60%
Joseph Skeen 60%
John Sweeney 60%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 60%
Heather Wilson 60%
Douglas Bereuter 59%
Judy Biggert 59%
James Leach 59%
Jerry Lewis 59%
Deborah Pryce 59%
Thomas Reynolds 59%
Marge Roukema 59%
John Tanner 59%

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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