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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Republican Liberty Caucus

2002 Positions on Conservative Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 79
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 82
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 82
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 85
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 85
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 90
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 73
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 90
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 5
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 35
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 26
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 47
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 39
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 29
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 29
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 29
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 34
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 39
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 31
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 34
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 84
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 34
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 34
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 90
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 34
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 23
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 29
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 95
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 5
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 79
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 31
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 36
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 90
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 85
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 34
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 29
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 34
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 39
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 29
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 41
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 39
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 85
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 79
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 6
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 84
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 29
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 62
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 85
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 78
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 79
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 78
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 49
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 6
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 79
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 39
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 83
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 24
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 85
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 74
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 85
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 90
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 22
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 79
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 29
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 31
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 29
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 29
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 79
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 39
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 83
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 85
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 90
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 89
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 90
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 80
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 79
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 64
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 41
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 85
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 29
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 34
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 29
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 34
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 29
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 39
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 28
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 34
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 34
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 34
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 77
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 31
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 35
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 79
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 90
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 85
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 29
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 41
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 33
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 34
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 54
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 24
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 84
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 25
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 85
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 77
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 84
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 44
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 32
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 85
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 28
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 74
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 69
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 34
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 79
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 44
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 79
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 31
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 69
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 64
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 25
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 5
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 74
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 39
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 29
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 32
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 31
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 73
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 36
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 34
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 34
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 31
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 40
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 36
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 29
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 31
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 29
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 29
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 29
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 34
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 39
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 78
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 85
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 90
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 5
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 90
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 71
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 83
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 85
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 31
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 79
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 29
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 33
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 90
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 41
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 29
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 85
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 34
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 90
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 34
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 18
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 39
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 51
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 79
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 85
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 31
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 39
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 79
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 90
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 69
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 84
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 90
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 90
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 74
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 85
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 34
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 29
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 83
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 5
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 34
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 85
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 29
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 80
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 49
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 34
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 90
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 85
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 34
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 79
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 22
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 36
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 31
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 31
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 49
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 85
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 36
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 47
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 39
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 31
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 85
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 39

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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