Rating Group: Republican Liberty Caucus

2003 Positions on Conservative Issues

State Office Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 65
Gary Ackerman 55
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 75
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 35
Todd Akin 80
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 95
Rodney Alexander 45
Wayne Allard 88
George Allen 80
Thomas Allen 45
Rob Andrews 35
Joe Baca, Sr. 50
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 80
Brian Baird 45
Richard Hugh Baker 85
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 50
Cass Ballenger 80
J. Gresham Barrett 80
Roscoe Bartlett 80
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 85
Charlie Bass 70
Max Baucus 45
Evan Bayh 35
Bob Beauprez 85
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 50
Chris Bell 40
Bob Bennett 95
Douglas Bereuter 60
Shelley Berkley 40
Howard Berman 40
Marion Berry 35
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 31
Judy Biggert 75
Michael Bilirakis 80
Jeff Bingaman 35
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 75
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 40
NY U.S. House-1 Tim Bishop D 5
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 90
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 50
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 85
Sherwood Boehlert 65
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 85
Kit Bond 85
Henry Bonilla 75
Jo Bonner, Jr. 80
Mary Bono Mack 75
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 80
Leonard Boswell 45
Rick Boucher 50
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 5
Allen Boyd, Jr. 50
NH State Senate-3 Jeb Bradley R 70
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 90
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 50
John Breaux 45
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 5
Henry Brown, Jr. 80
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 5
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 95
Ginny Brown-Waite 75
Jim Bunning 95
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 90
Conrad Burns 90
Max Burns 80
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 80
Dan Burton 85
Steve Buyer 80
Robert Byrd 35
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 75
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 75
Ben Campbell 90
Chris Cannon 95
Eric Cantor 90
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 35
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 75
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 45
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 50
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 35
Dennis Cardoza 35
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 35
Brad Carson 50
Julia Carson 45
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 90
Edward Case 45
Mike Castle 60
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 90
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 70
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 85
Chris Chocola 85
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 45
Hillary Clinton 30
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 35
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 80
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 90
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 75
Norm Coleman 85
Michael Collins 90
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 85
Kent Conrad 30
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 65
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 50
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 83
Jon Corzine 25
Jerry Costello 35
Christopher Cox 90
Larry Craig 85
Robert Cramer 60
Philip Crane 90
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 85
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 80
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 40
Barbara Cubin 90
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 90
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 5
Randall Cunningham 85
Thomas Daschle 35
Artur Davis 40
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 50
James Davis 35
Jo Ann Davis 70
Lincoln Davis 55
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 50
Thomas Davis III 60
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 5
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 80
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 55
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 45
Bill Delahunt 5
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 45
Thomas DeLay 95
James DeMint 90
Peter Deutsch 30
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 80
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 75
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 90
Norm Dicks 50
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 35
Chris Dodd 5
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 45
Elizabeth Dole 85
Pete Domenici, Jr. 84
Calvin Dooley 55
John Doolittle 90
Byron Dorgan 5
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 45
David Dreier 80
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 80
Jennifer Dunn 75
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 35
John Edwards 6
Chet Edwards 40
Vern Ehlers 70
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 45
Jo Ann Emerson 80
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 5
Philip English 75
John Ensign 85
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 85
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 45
Bob Etheridge 30
Lane Evans 45
Terry Everett 85
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 5
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 45
Tom Feeney 80
Russ Feingold 40
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 35
Michael Ferguson 70
Bob Filner 45
Peter Fitzgerald 79
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 88
Mark Foley 75
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 80
Harold Ford, Jr. 45
Vito Fossella, Jr. 80
Barney Frank 5
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 95
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 65
William Frist 85
Jonas Frost III 40
Elton Gallegly 80
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 85
Richard Andrew Gephardt 55
PA U.S. House-6 Jim Gerlach R 65
Jim Gibbons 79
Wayne Gilchrest 65
Paul Gillmor 70
GA U.S. House-11 Phil Gingrey R 85
Charlie Gonzalez 45
Virgil Goode, Jr. 75
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 85
Bart Gordon 45
Porter Goss 75
Daniel Graham 30
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 90
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 75
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 90
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 85
Mark Green 85
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 45
James Greenwood 65
Judd Gregg 85
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 55
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 45
Gilbert Gutknecht 80
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 95
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 75
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 5
Jane Harman 50
Katherine Harris 75
Melissa Hart 80
J. Dennis Hastert 63
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 5
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 85
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 90
Robert Hayes 70
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 90
Joel Hefley 75
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 85
Wally Herger, Jr. 90
Baron Hill 45
Maurice Hinchey 55
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 40
David Lee Hobson 75
PA Commissioner-At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 5
Pete Hoekstra 75
Thomas Holden 40
Ernest Hollings 42
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 45
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 45
Darlene Hooley 45
John Nathan Hostettler 80
Amory Houghton, Jr. 60
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 45
Kenny Hulshof 80
Duncan Hunter 75
Kay Hutchison 82
Henry Hyde 85
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 90
Daniel Inouye 6
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 50
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 85
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 40
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 75
Ernest Istook, Jr. 90
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 50
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 50
William Jefferson 35
James Merrill Jeffords 44
William Lewis Jenkins 80
Christopher John 50
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 45
Nancy Johnson 60
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 90
Tim Johnson 65
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 35
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 75
Paul Kanjorski 45
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 45
Ric Keller 90
Sue Kelly 65
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 28
Mark Kennedy 80
Patrick Kennedy 5
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 0
Dale Kildee 35
Carolyn Kilpatrick 50
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 50
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 70
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 85
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 90
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 60
Gerald Kleczka 50
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 85
Joseph Knollenberg 75
Herb Kohl 30
James Kolbe 80
Dennis Kucinich 40
Jon Kyl 82
Ray LaHood 60
Nicholas Lampson 45
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 35
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 30
Tom Lantos 5
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 60
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 60
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 75
Steve LaTourette 65
Frank Lautenberg 30
James Leach 60
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 32
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 55
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 30
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 35
Jerry Lewis 75
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 50
Ron Lewis 85
Joe Lieberman 7
Blanche Lincoln 35
John Linder 90
William Lipinski 50
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 55
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 50
Trent Lott, Sr. 95
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 40
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 80
Ken Lucas 60
Dick Lugar 90
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 30
Denise Majette 45
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 45
Don Manzullo 85
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 50
Jim Marshall 35
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 50
Robert Matsui 40
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 74
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 50
Karen McCarthy 50
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 50
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 90
Thaddeus McCotter 85
James McCrery III 80
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 55
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 45
John McHugh 65
Scott McInnis 80
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 40
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 75
Michael McNulty 30
Martin Meehan 50
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 35
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 40
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 25
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 80
ME U.S. House-2 Mike Michaud D 50
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 5
Juanita Millender-McDonald 35
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 75
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 90
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 50
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 95
Brad Miller 45
Zell Bryan Miller 89
Alan Mollohan 40
Dennis Moore 40
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 50
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 75
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 84
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 75
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 32
Jack Murtha 45
Marilyn Musgrave 95
Sue Myrick 80
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 55
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 40
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 45
Ben Nelson 50
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 35
George Nethercutt, Jr. 75
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 70
Robert William Ney 80
Don Nickles 83
Anne Northup 80
Charles Norwood, Jr. 75
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 75
James Nussle 80
Jim Oberstar 55
Dave Obey 5
John Olver 50
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 40
Thomas William Osborne 75
Doug Ose 80
ID Governor Butch Otter R 85
Major Owens 50
Michael Oxley 75
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 5
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 5
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 45
Ron Paul 90
Donald Payne 5
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 85
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 50
IN Governor Mike Pence R 90
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 50
John Peterson 85
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 85
Charles Pickering, Jr. 75
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 85
Todd Platts 75
Richard Pombo 90
Earl Pomeroy 45
Jon Porter, Sr. 75
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 70
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 40
Deborah Pryce 75
AR U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Pryor D 30
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 80
Jack Quinn 65
George Radanovich 80
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 45
James Ramstad 65
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 50
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 30
Ralph Regula 75
Denny Rehberg 85
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 25
Richard Renzi 80
Silvestre Reyes 45
Thomas Reynolds 80
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 95
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 5
Ciro Rodriguez 60
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 75
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 75
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 75
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 85
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 70
Mike Ross 35
Steve Rothman 20
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 55
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 95
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 50
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 5
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 90
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 50
Jim Ryun 90
Martin Olav Sabo 5
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 40
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 50
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 55
Max Sandlin, Jr. 45
Rick Santorum 80
Paul Sarbanes 30
Jim Saxton 65
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 50
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 45
Edward Schrock 80
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 35
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 50
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 55
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 90
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 40
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 85
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 85
John Shadegg 95
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 75
Christopher Shays 60
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 84
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 5
Donald Sherwood 80
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 85
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 80
Robert Ruhl Simmons 65
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 80
Ike Skelton 45
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 45
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 45
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 65
Gordon Smith 90
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 85
Nick Smith 85
Olympia Snowe 70
Vic Snyder 40
Hilda Solis 55
Mark Souder 80
Arlen Specter 80
John Spratt, Jr. 35
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 30
Pete Stark 55
Cliff Stearns 80
Charles Stenholm 45
Ted Stevens 85
Ted Strickland 45
Bart Stupak 55
John Sullivan 80
John Sununu 85
John Sweeney 65
James Talent 90
Tom Tancredo 85
John Tanner 50
Ellen Tauscher 35
William Tauzin 75
Charles Taylor 75
Gene Taylor 45
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 90
Craig Thomas 83
William Thomas 75
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 40
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 45
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 85
Todd Tiahrt 85
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 80
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 50
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 90
Ed Towns 35
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 55
James Turner 45
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 75
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 40
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 50
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 75
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 45
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 5
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 40
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 80
George Voinovich 75
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 80
James Walsh 70
Zach Wamp 80
John Warner 83
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 45
Diane Watson 50
Mel Watt 55
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 45
Anthony Weiner 45
David Weldon 80
W. Curtis Weldon 65
Gerald Weller 80
Robert Wexler 5
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 75
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 80
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 80
Heather Wilson 75
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 75
Lynn Woolsey 55
David Wu 30
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 5
Albert Wynn 40
Bill Young 75
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 70

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