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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Maryland Business for Responsive Government

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 16%
Gary Ackerman 9%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 11%
Todd Akin 89%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 100%
Rodney Alexander 59%
Wayne Allard 99%
George Allen 100%
Thomas Allen 9%
Rob Andrews 13%
Joe Baca, Sr. 22%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 96%
Brian Baird 15%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 8%
J. Gresham Barrett 88%
Roscoe Bartlett 86%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 99%
Charlie Bass 89%
Max Baucus 51%
Evan Bayh 32%
Bob Beauprez 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 15%
Bob Bennett 100%
Shelley Berkley 17%
Howard Berman 18%
Marion Berry 31%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 9%
Judy Biggert 100%
Michael Bilirakis 93%
Jeff Bingaman 23%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 41%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 9%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 99%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 14%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 99%
Sherwood Boehlert 72%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 100%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 99%
Mary Bono Mack 96%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 98%
Leonard Boswell 31%
Rick Boucher 33%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 7%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 47%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 98%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 17%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 14%
Henry Brown, Jr. 98%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 8%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Ginny Brown-Waite 92%
Jim Bunning 100%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
Dan Burton 93%
Steve Buyer 98%
Robert Byrd 15%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
Chris Cannon 99%
Eric Cantor 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 18%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 16%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 7%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 19%
Dennis Cardoza 34%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 34%
Julia Carson 13%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 100%
Edward Case 28%
Mike Castle 72%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 93%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 39%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 93%
Chris Chocola 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 17%
Hillary Clinton 17%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 85%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 100%
Norm Coleman 93%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 75%
Kent Conrad 38%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 10%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 29%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 99%
Jon Corzine 8%
Jerry Costello 26%
Christopher Cox 98%
Larry Craig 93%
Robert Cramer 86%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 93%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 98%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 20%
Barbara Cubin 99%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 94%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 11%
Randall Cunningham 98%
Artur Davis 33%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 11%
James Davis 18%
Jo Ann Davis 88%
Lincoln Davis 57%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 16%
Thomas Davis III 89%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 93%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 6%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 18%
Bill Delahunt 5%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 12%
Thomas DeLay 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 96%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 89%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 97%
Norm Dicks 17%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 15%
Chris Dodd 12%
Elizabeth Dole 93%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
John Doolittle 89%
Byron Dorgan 31%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 20%
Thelma Drake 97%
David Dreier 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 87%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 15%
Vern Ehlers 85%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 20%
Jo Ann Emerson 92%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 9%
Philip English 94%
John Ensign 94%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 15%
Bob Etheridge 23%
Lane Evans 10%
Terry Everett 93%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 5%
Tom Feeney 93%
Russ Feingold 10%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 18%
Michael Ferguson 87%
Bob Filner 6%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 78%
Mark Foley 96%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 98%
Harold Ford, Jr. 30%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 98%
Barney Frank 8%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 97%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 90%
William Frist 96%
Elton Gallegly 98%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 94%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 92%
Jim Gibbons 99%
Wayne Gilchrest 82%
Paul Gillmor 94%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 100%
Charlie Gonzalez 30%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 88%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 97%
Bart Gordon 37%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 100%
Mark Green 90%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 24%
Judd Gregg 78%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 10%
Gilbert Gutknecht 91%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 97%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 11%
Jane Harman 28%
Katherine Harris 98%
Melissa Hart 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 7%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 98%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
Robert Hayes 93%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 97%
Joel Hefley 82%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 96%
Wally Herger, Jr. 99%
Maurice Hinchey 9%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 38%

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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