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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Republican Liberty Caucus

2002 Positions on Conservative Issues

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 95
Rick Santorum 95
Dan Burton 93
Todd Akin 90
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 90
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 90
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 90
Jim Bunning 90
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 90
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 90
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 90
Jim Gibbons 90
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 90
Joel Hefley 90
Wally Herger, Jr. 90
Pete Hoekstra 90
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 90
James Kolbe 90
Jon Kyl 90
John Linder 90
Trent Lott, Sr. 90
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 90
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 90
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 90
James Nussle 90
Thomas William Osborne 90
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 90
Ron Paul 90
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 90
Denny Rehberg 90
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 90
John Shadegg 90
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 90
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 90
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 90
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 89
Michael Collins 89
Philip Crane 89
Thomas DeLay 89
John Doolittle 89
John Ensign 89
Ernest Istook, Jr. 89
Don Manzullo 89
Don Nickles 89
Deborah Pryce 89
Jim Ryun 89
John Sullivan 89
Chris Cannon 88
Larry Craig 88
Pete Domenici, Jr. 88
Jo Ann Emerson 88
Ted Stevens 88
Craig Thomas 88
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 85
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 85
Charlie Bass 85
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 85
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 85
Barbara Cubin 85
James DeMint 85
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 85
Mark Foley 85
William Frist 85
Elton Gallegly 85
Virgil Goode, Jr. 85
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 85
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 85
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 85
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 85
David Lee Hobson 85
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 85
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 85
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 85
Dick Lugar 85
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 85
Robert William Ney 85
Charles Pickering, Jr. 85
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 85
Thomas Reynolds 85
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 85
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 85
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 85
Edward Schrock 85
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 85
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 85
Christopher Shays 85
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 85
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 85
Mark Souder 85
William Tauzin 85
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 85
Todd Tiahrt 85
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 85
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 85
Heather Wilson 85
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 84
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 84
William Lewis Jenkins 84
James McCrery III 84
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 84
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 84
Michael Oxley 84
John Peterson 84
Richard Pombo 84
George Radanovich 84
Tom Tancredo 84
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 84
Wayne Allard 83
Michael Bilirakis 83
Conrad Burns 83
Terry Everett 83
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 83
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 83
Ric Keller 83
Scott McInnis 83
Anne Northup 83
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 83
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 83
Olympia Snowe 83
Cliff Stearns 83
Christopher Cox 82
Kay Hutchison 82
George Nethercutt, Jr. 82
Charles Norwood, Jr. 82
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 82
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 82
George Allen 80
Roscoe Bartlett 80
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 80
John Nathan Hostettler 80
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 80
Cass Ballenger 79
Bob Bennett 79
Judy Biggert 79
Henry Bonilla 79
Henry Brown, Jr. 79
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 79
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 79
Mike Castle 79
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 79
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 79
Jo Ann Davis 79
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 79
David Dreier 79
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 79
Jennifer Dunn 79
Porter Goss 79
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 79
Mark Green 79
Gilbert Gutknecht 79
Kenny Hulshof 79
Henry Hyde 79
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 79
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 79
Joseph Knollenberg 79
Ron Lewis 79
Sue Myrick 79
Doug Ose 79
James Ramstad 79
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 79
Donald Sherwood 79
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 79
Nick Smith 79
John Sununu 79
Charles Taylor 79
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 79
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 79
David Weldon 79
Gerald Weller 79
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 79
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 79
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 78
Randall Cunningham 78
Vito Fossella, Jr. 78
Judd Gregg 78
Melissa Hart 78
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 78
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 78
Bill Young 78
Richard Hugh Baker 77
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 77
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 77
Peter Fitzgerald 77
Paul Gillmor 77
John Warner 77
Ben Campbell 75
Arlen Specter 75
George Voinovich 75
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 74
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 74
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 74
Wayne Gilchrest 74
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 74
Robert Hayes 74
Tim Johnson 74
Mark Kennedy 74
Steve LaTourette 74
Jerry Lewis 74
John McHugh 74
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 74

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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