Rating Group: Republican Liberty Caucus

2002 Positions on Conservative Issues

State Office Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 39
Gary Ackerman 25
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 85
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 24
Todd Akin 90
Wayne Allard 83
George Allen 80
Thomas Allen 34
Rob Andrews 19
Joe Baca, Sr. 49
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 85
Brian Baird 44
Richard Hugh Baker 77
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 31
Cass Ballenger 79
Roscoe Bartlett 80
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 84
Charlie Bass 85
Max Baucus 41
Evan Bayh 37
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 29
Bob Bennett 79
Douglas Bereuter 64
Shelley Berkley 25
Howard Berman 31
Marion Berry 44
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 32
Judy Biggert 79
Michael Bilirakis 83
Jeff Bingaman 36
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 49
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 29
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 84
Sherwood Boehlert 59
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 90
Kit Bond 71
Henry Bonilla 79
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 90
Leonard Boswell 44
Rick Boucher 34
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 26
Allen Boyd, Jr. 49
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 90
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 41
John Breaux 36
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 6
Henry Brown, Jr. 79
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 39
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 89
Jim Bunning 90
Conrad Burns 83
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 74
Dan Burton 93
Steve Buyer 73
Robert Byrd 31
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 79
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 79
Ben Campbell 75
Chris Cannon 88
Eric Cantor 85
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 31
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 64
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 34
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 29
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 34
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 41
Brad Carson 49
Julia Carson 31
Mike Castle 79
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 85
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 51
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 78
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 25
Hillary Clinton 31
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 31
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 79
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 77
Michael Collins 89
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 77
Kent Conrad 39
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 33
Jon Corzine 22
Jerry Costello 44
Christopher Cox 82
Larry Craig 88
Robert Cramer 54
Philip Crane 89
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 74
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 79
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 31
Barbara Cubin 85
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 90
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 34
Randall Cunningham 78
Thomas Daschle 29
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 29
James Davis 25
Jo Ann Davis 79
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 34
Thomas Davis III 71
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 24
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 79
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 33
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 34
Bill Delahunt 33
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 29
Thomas DeLay 89
James DeMint 85
Peter Deutsch 26
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 71
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 69
Norm Dicks 39
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 41
Chris Dodd 39
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 29
Pete Domenici, Jr. 88
Calvin Dooley 49
John Doolittle 89
Byron Dorgan 44
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 34
David Dreier 79
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 79
Jennifer Dunn 79
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 22
John Edwards 35
Chet Edwards 57
Vern Ehlers 69
Jo Ann Emerson 88
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 29
Philip English 69
John Ensign 89
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 85
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 34
Bob Etheridge 34
Lane Evans 36
Terry Everett 83
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 31
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 29
Russ Feingold 31
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 35
Michael Ferguson 68
Bob Filner 5
Peter Fitzgerald 77
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 90
Mark Foley 85
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 90
Harold Ford, Jr. 49
Vito Fossella, Jr. 78
Barney Frank 47
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 74
William Frist 85
Jonas Frost III 34
Elton Gallegly 85
Richard Andrew Gephardt 20
Jim Gibbons 90
Wayne Gilchrest 74
Paul Gillmor 77
Charlie Gonzalez 34
Virgil Goode, Jr. 85
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 85
Bart Gordon 39
Porter Goss 79
Daniel Graham 39
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 79
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 74
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 83
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 85
Mark Green 79
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 5
James Greenwood 69
Judd Gregg 78
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 31
Gilbert Gutknecht 79
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 85
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 69
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 24
Jane Harman 39
Melissa Hart 78
J. Dennis Hastert 0
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 29
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 85
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 80
Robert Hayes 74
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 90
Joel Hefley 90
Wally Herger, Jr. 90
Baron Hill 54
Maurice Hinchey 39
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 34
David Lee Hobson 85
PA Commissioner-At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 34
Pete Hoekstra 90
Thomas Holden 44
Ernest Hollings 5
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 39
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 29
Darlene Hooley 39
John Nathan Hostettler 80
Amory Houghton, Jr. 64
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 34
Kenny Hulshof 79
Duncan Hunter 64
Kay Hutchison 82
Henry Hyde 79
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 83
Daniel Inouye 24
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 39
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 79
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 36
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 85
Ernest Istook, Jr. 89
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 34
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 29
William Jefferson 34
James Merrill Jeffords 19
William Lewis Jenkins 84
Christopher John 46
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 34
Nancy Johnson 64
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 90
Tim Johnson 74
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 39
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 69
Paul Kanjorski 47
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 5
Ric Keller 83
Sue Kelly 64
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 18
Mark Kennedy 74
Patrick Kennedy 25
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 28
Dale Kildee 44
Carolyn Kilpatrick 39
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 39
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 73
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 78
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 79
Gerald Kleczka 34
Joseph Knollenberg 79
Herb Kohl 31
James Kolbe 90
Dennis Kucinich 29
Jon Kyl 90
Ray LaHood 71
Nicholas Lampson 44
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 41
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 39
Tom Lantos 36
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 49
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 39
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 85
Steve LaTourette 74
James Leach 59
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 22
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 29
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 31
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 29
Jerry Lewis 74
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 6
Ron Lewis 79
Joe Lieberman 19
Blanche Lincoln 46
John Linder 90
William Lipinski 38
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 69
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 39
Trent Lott, Sr. 90
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 29
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 85
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas D 64
Dick Lugar 85
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 39
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 36
Don Manzullo 89
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 29
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 49
Robert Matsui 36
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 73
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 34
Karen McCarthy 34
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 34
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 90
James McCrery III 84
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 36
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 29
John McHugh 74
Scott McInnis 83
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 44
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 84
Michael McNulty 39
Martin Meehan 34
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 34
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 31
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 84
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 28
Juanita Millender-McDonald 23
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 90
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 39
FL U.S. House-1 Jefferson Miller R 85
Zell Bryan Miller 48
Alan Mollohan 49
Dennis Moore 34
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 34
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 90
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 31
Jack Murtha 52
Sue Myrick 79
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 40
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 34
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 34
Ben Nelson 56
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 39
George Nethercutt, Jr. 82
Robert William Ney 85
Don Nickles 89
Anne Northup 83
Charles Norwood, Jr. 82
James Nussle 90
Jim Oberstar 29
Dave Obey 34
John Olver 44
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 47
Thomas William Osborne 90
Doug Ose 79
ID Governor Butch Otter R 90
Major Owens 47
Michael Oxley 84
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 25
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 5
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 5
Ron Paul 90
Donald Payne 29
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 29
IN Governor Mike Pence R 83
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 54
John Peterson 84
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 69
Charles Pickering, Jr. 85
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 90
Todd Platts 54
Richard Pombo 84
Earl Pomeroy 49
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 78
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 34
Deborah Pryce 89
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 85
Jack Quinn 64
George Radanovich 84
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 49
James Ramstad 79
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 29
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 18
Ralph Regula 73
Denny Rehberg 90
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 32
Silvestre Reyes 46
Thomas Reynolds 85
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 85
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 31
Ciro Rodriguez 39
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 79
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 85
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 90
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 62
Mike Ross 44
Steve Rothman 29
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 5
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 95
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 29
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 85
Jim Ryun 89
Martin Olav Sabo 29
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 36
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 36
Max Sandlin, Jr. 49
Rick Santorum 95
Paul Sarbanes 22
Jim Saxton 69
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 29
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 34
Edward Schrock 85
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 31
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 34
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 85
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 29
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 82
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 85
John Shadegg 90
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 74
Christopher Shays 85
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 82
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 34
Donald Sherwood 79
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 79
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 85
Robert Ruhl Simmons 62
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 85
Ike Skelton 44
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 34
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 47
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 64
Gordon Smith 69
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 83
Nick Smith 79
Olympia Snowe 83
Vic Snyder 41
Hilda Solis 5
Mark Souder 85
Arlen Specter 75
John Spratt, Jr. 34
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 35
Pete Stark 34
Cliff Stearns 83
Charles Stenholm 49
Ted Stevens 88
Ted Strickland 49
Bart Stupak 49
John Sullivan 89
John Sununu 79
John Sweeney 69
Tom Tancredo 84
John Tanner 49
Ellen Tauscher 29
William Tauzin 85
Charles Taylor 79
Gene Taylor 59
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 79
Craig Thomas 88
William Thomas 74
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 44
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 47
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 85
Todd Tiahrt 85
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 90
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 34
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 90
Ed Towns 36
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 27
James Turner 54
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 29
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 29
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 90
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 31
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 39
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 85
George Voinovich 75
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 79
James Walsh 68
Zach Wamp 74
John Warner 77
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 31
Diane Watson 23
Mel Watt 34
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 23
Anthony Weiner 29
David Weldon 79
W. Curtis Weldon 62
Gerald Weller 79
Robert Wexler 16
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 80
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 84
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 85
Heather Wilson 85
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 79
Lynn Woolsey 29
David Wu 49
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 31
Albert Wynn 39
Bill Young 78
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 79

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