Rating Group: Republican Liberty Caucus

2003 Positions on Conservative Issues

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

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