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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Republican Liberty Caucus

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
John Ensign 93%
Trent Lott, Sr. 92%
James DeMint 90%
Jon Kyl 90%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 89%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 88%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88%
Judd Gregg 88%
Craig Thomas 88%
Bob Bennett 87%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 87%
Kit Bond 85%
Jim Bunning 85%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 85%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 85%
Wayne Allard 84%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 83%
Larry Craig 83%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 83%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 83%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 83%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 83%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 83%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 83%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 83%
James Talent 83%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 83%
Dick Lugar 82%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 82%
Ron Paul 82%
Ted Stevens 82%
John Sununu 82%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 81%
Conrad Burns 80%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 80%
William Frist 80%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 80%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 79%
Melquiades Martinez 79%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 79%
George Allen 78%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 78%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 78%
Kay Hutchison 78%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 78%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 78%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 78%
John Warner 78%
George Voinovich 77%
Rick Santorum 76%
John Shadegg 76%
Gordon Smith 76%
Elizabeth Dole 75%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 75%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 75%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 75%
Tom Feeney 74%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 74%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 74%
Don Manzullo 73%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 73%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 73%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 72%
Tom Tancredo 72%
Roscoe Bartlett 71%
Marilyn Musgrave 71%
Todd Akin 70%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 70%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 70%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 70%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 70%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 70%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 70%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 70%
Gilbert Gutknecht 69%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 69%
J. Gresham Barrett 68%
Chris Cannon 68%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 68%
Chris Chocola 68%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 68%
John Linder 68%
Sue Myrick 68%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 68%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 68%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 68%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 67%
John Sullivan 67%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 67%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 66%
Henry Brown, Jr. 66%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 66%
Wally Herger, Jr. 66%
Pete Hoekstra 66%
John Nathan Hostettler 66%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 66%
James Kolbe 66%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 66%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 66%
Arlen Specter 66%
Bob Beauprez 65%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 65%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 65%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 65%
Connie Mack IV 65%
Jim Ryun 65%
Steve Buyer 64%
Norm Coleman 64%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 64%
Dan Lungren 64%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 64%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 64%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 64%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 63%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 63%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 63%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 63%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 63%
Mike Sodrel 63%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 63%
Gerald Weller 63%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 62%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 62%
Barbara Cubin 62%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 62%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 62%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 62%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 62%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 61%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 61%
Robert Hayes 61%
Henry Hyde 61%
Mark Souder 61%
Cliff Stearns 61%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 60%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 60%
Eric Cantor 60%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 60%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 60%
David Dreier 60%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Jim Gibbons 60%
Mark Green 60%
Joel Hefley 60%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 60%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 60%
Anne Northup 60%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 60%
George Radanovich 60%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 60%
Olympia Snowe 60%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 60%
Richard Hugh Baker 59%
Ginny Brown-Waite 59%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 59%
Jo Ann Emerson 59%
Terry Everett 59%
Katherine Harris 59%
Kenny Hulshof 59%
Ric Keller 59%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 59%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 59%
Robert William Ney 59%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 59%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 59%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 59%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 59%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 59%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 58%
Rodney Alexander 58%
Dan Burton 58%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 58%
John Doolittle 58%
Thelma Drake 58%
Philip English 58%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 58%
William Lewis Jenkins 58%
Mark Kennedy 58%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 58%
Ben Nelson 58%
James Nussle 58%
Jon Porter, Sr. 58%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 58%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 58%
John Sweeney 58%
Thomas DeLay 57%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 57%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 57%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 57%
Richard Pombo 57%
James Ramstad 57%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 57%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 56%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 56%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 56%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 56%

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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