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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Maryland Business for Responsive Government

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 23%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 28%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 100%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 88%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 93%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 96%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 70%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 80%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 34%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 15%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 51%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 32%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 99%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 97%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 95%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 14%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 75%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 100%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 96%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 99%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 91%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 15%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 17%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 19%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 70%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 29%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 95%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 96%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 25%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 18%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 27%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 23%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 14%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 96%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 17%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 18%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 80%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 95%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 97%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 94%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 16%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 16%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 23%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 34%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 13%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 91%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 91%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 99%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 93%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 92%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 13%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 91%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 20%
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 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 15%
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 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. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 17%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 26%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 17%
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%
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 13 David Scott Democratic 63%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 96%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 93%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 25%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 32%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez 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%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 19%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 91%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 96%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 93%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 18%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 17%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 17%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 20%
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%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 87%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 22%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 92%
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. 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. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 31%
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 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 93%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 96%
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%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 99%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 79%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 31%
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 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. 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. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 96%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 99%
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 9 Bill Shuster Republican 96%
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. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 24%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 96%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 28%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 86%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 53%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 98%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 31%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 59%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 39%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 35%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 18%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 91%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 20%

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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