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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Maryland Business for Responsive Government

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 9%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 11%
Todd Akin 89%
Rodney Alexander 59%
Wayne Allard 99%
George Allen 100%
Thomas Allen 9%
Rob Andrews 13%
Joe Baca, Sr. 22%
Brian Baird 15%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 88%
Roscoe Bartlett 86%
Charlie Bass 89%
Max Baucus 51%
Evan Bayh 32%
Bob Beauprez 100%
Bob Bennett 100%
Shelley Berkley 17%
Howard Berman 18%
Marion Berry 31%
Judy Biggert 100%
Michael Bilirakis 93%
Jeff Bingaman 23%
Sherwood Boehlert 72%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 100%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 99%
Mary Bono Mack 96%
Leonard Boswell 31%
Rick Boucher 33%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 47%
Henry Brown, Jr. 98%
Ginny Brown-Waite 92%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
Dan Burton 93%
Steve Buyer 98%
Robert Byrd 15%
Chris Cannon 99%
Dennis Cardoza 34%
Julia Carson 13%
Edward Case 28%
Mike Castle 72%
Chris Chocola 100%
Hillary Clinton 17%
Norm Coleman 93%
Kent Conrad 38%
Jon Corzine 8%
Jerry Costello 26%
Christopher Cox 98%
Larry Craig 93%
Robert Cramer 86%
Barbara Cubin 99%
Randall Cunningham 98%
Artur Davis 33%
James Davis 18%
Jo Ann Davis 88%
Lincoln Davis 57%
Thomas Davis III 89%
Bill Delahunt 5%
Thomas DeLay 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 89%
Norm Dicks 17%
Chris Dodd 12%
Elizabeth Dole 93%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
John Doolittle 89%
Byron Dorgan 31%
Thelma Drake 97%
David Dreier 100%
Vern Ehlers 85%
Jo Ann Emerson 92%
Philip English 94%
John Ensign 94%
Bob Etheridge 23%
Lane Evans 10%
Terry Everett 93%
Tom Feeney 93%
Russ Feingold 10%
Michael Ferguson 87%
Bob Filner 6%
Mark Foley 96%
Harold Ford, Jr. 30%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 98%
Barney Frank 8%
William Frist 96%
Elton Gallegly 98%
Jim Gibbons 99%
Wayne Gilchrest 82%
Paul Gillmor 94%
Charlie Gonzalez 30%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 88%
Bart Gordon 37%
Mark Green 90%
Judd Gregg 78%
Gilbert Gutknecht 91%
Jane Harman 28%
Katherine Harris 98%
Melissa Hart 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
Robert Hayes 93%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 97%
Joel Hefley 82%
Wally Herger, Jr. 99%
Maurice Hinchey 9%
David Lee Hobson 100%
Pete Hoekstra 91%
Thomas Holden 27%
Darlene Hooley 20%
John Nathan Hostettler 84%
Kenny Hulshof 100%
Duncan Hunter 88%
Kay Hutchison 100%
Henry Hyde 96%
Daniel Inouye 17%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 89%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 6%
William Jefferson 28%
James Merrill Jeffords 17%
William Lewis Jenkins 89%
Nancy Johnson 72%
Tim Johnson 71%
Paul Kanjorski 17%
Ric Keller 97%
Sue Kelly 71%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 8%
Mark Kennedy 94%
Patrick Kennedy 9%
Dale Kildee 11%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 11%
Joseph Knollenberg 100%
Herb Kohl 14%
James Kolbe 98%
Dennis Kucinich 6%
Jon Kyl 96%
Ray LaHood 89%
Tom Lantos 9%
Steve LaTourette 78%
Frank Lautenberg 8%
James Leach 51%
Jerry Lewis 100%
Ron Lewis 99%
Joe Lieberman 9%
Blanche Lincoln 51%
John Linder 100%
Trent Lott, Sr. 95%
Dick Lugar 96%
Don Manzullo 98%
Jim Marshall 33%
Thaddeus McCotter 95%
James McCrery III 99%
John McHugh 69%
Michael McNulty 8%
Martin Meehan 15%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 29%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 10%
Brad Miller 10%
Alan Mollohan 20%
Dennis Moore 28%
Jack Murtha 28%
Marilyn Musgrave 93%
Sue Myrick 97%
Ben Nelson 67%
Robert William Ney 99%
Anne Northup 97%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 83%
James Nussle 86%
Jim Oberstar 10%
Dave Obey 6%
John Olver 8%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 33%
Thomas William Osborne 97%
Major Owens 7%
Michael Oxley 99%
Ron Paul 60%
Donald Payne 10%
John Peterson 96%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 99%
Todd Platts 88%
Richard Pombo 98%
Earl Pomeroy 41%
Jon Porter, Sr. 99%
Deborah Pryce 100%
George Radanovich 99%
James Ramstad 84%
Ralph Regula 99%
Denny Rehberg 97%
Richard Renzi 96%
Silvestre Reyes 32%
Thomas Reynolds 97%
Mike Ross 33%
Steve Rothman 18%
Jim Ryun 95%
Martin Olav Sabo 8%
Rick Santorum 99%
Paul Sarbanes 7%
Jim Saxton 75%
John Shadegg 92%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 94%

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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