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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Maryland Business for Responsive Government

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 100%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 99%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 88%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 93%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 93%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 92%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 96%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 55%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 96%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 70%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 80%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 13%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 16%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 91%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 34%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 51%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 24%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 99%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 95%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 93%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 67%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 37%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 95%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 18%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 22%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 17%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 50%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 26%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 17%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 51%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 32%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 87%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 94%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 27%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 96%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 14%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 24%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 98%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 97%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 93%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 99%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 99%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 95%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 64%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 92%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 17%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 95%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 93%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 38%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 63%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 93%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 26%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 97%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 20%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 95%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 96%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 95%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 93%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 14%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 75%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 25%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 32%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 18%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 26%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 12%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 95%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 28%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 19%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 96%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 100%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 96%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 92%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 99%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 91%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 96%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 61%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 91%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 93%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 93%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 15%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 18%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 17%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 13%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 17%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 17%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 19%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 48%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 24%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 23%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 17%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 70%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 30%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 22%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 29%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 96%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 87%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 95%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 22%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 92%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 28%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 20%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 96%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 16%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 65%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 95%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 31%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 23%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 96%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 96%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 31%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 23%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 28%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 99%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 16%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 73%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 22%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 88%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 83%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 53%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 93%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 96%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 86%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 25%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 63%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 65%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 90%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 13%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 15%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 83%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 16%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 18%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 99%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 27%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 23%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 79%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 31%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 24%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 35%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 38%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 19%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 23%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 31%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 14%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 93%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 20%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 98%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 97%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 29%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 96%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 97%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 96%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 99%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 17%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 95%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 17%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 17%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 17%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 79%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 96%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 30%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 95%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 95%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 96%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 18%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 24%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 80%

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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