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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Maryland Business for Responsive Government

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 26%
Gary Ackerman 18%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 21%
Todd Akin 95%
Rodney Alexander 96%
Wayne Allard 97%
Thomas Allen 18%
Rob Andrews 21%
Joe Baca, Sr. 40%
Spencer Bachus 96%
Brian Baird 39%
Richard Hugh Baker 96%
J. Gresham Barrett 94%
John Barrow 38%
Roscoe Bartlett 85%
Max Baucus 52%
Evan Bayh 34%
Melissa Bean 53%
Bob Bennett 100%
Shelley Berkley 34%
Howard Berman 18%
Marion Berry 50%
Judy Biggert 88%
Jeff Bingaman 51%
Tim Bishop 18%
Kit Bond 100%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 93%
Mary Bono Mack 95%
Dan Boren 87%
Leonard Boswell 37%
Rick Boucher 45%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 62%
Henry Brown, Jr. 94%
Ginny Brown-Waite 94%
Jim Bunning 99%
Dan Burton 96%
Steve Buyer 96%
Robert Byrd 41%
Dave Camp 96%
John Campbell III 67%
Chris Cannon 96%
Eric Cantor 95%
Dennis Cardoza 50%
Russ Carnahan 18%
Julia Carson 18%
Mike Castle 74%
Saxby Chambliss 99%
Ben Chandler III 32%
Hillary Clinton 19%
Howard Coble 83%
Thomas Coburn 97%
Norm Coleman 78%
Kent Conrad 54%
Jerry Costello 37%
Larry Craig 90%
Robert Cramer 86%
Barbara Cubin 92%
Artur Davis 55%
Geoff Davis 95%
Jo Ann Davis 91%
Lincoln Davis 81%
Thomas Davis III 83%
Bill Delahunt 16%
James DeMint 92%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 91%
Norm Dicks 29%
John Dingell 28%
Chris Dodd 23%
Elizabeth Dole 95%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 89%
John Doolittle 87%
Byron Dorgan 30%
Thelma Drake 95%
David Dreier 95%
Chet Edwards 71%
Vern Ehlers 80%
Jo Ann Emerson 92%
Philip English 94%
John Ensign 92%
Bob Etheridge 24%
Terry Everett 92%
Tom Feeney 90%
Russ Feingold 11%
Michael Ferguson 88%
Bob Filner 22%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 93%
Barney Frank 14%
Elton Gallegly 95%
Jim Gerlach 79%
Wayne Gilchrest 80%
Paul Gillmor 95%
Phil Gingrey 93%
Charlie Gonzalez 48%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 86%
Bart Gordon 71%
Judd Gregg 78%
Charles Hagel 99%
Ralph Hall 96%
Tom Harkin 20%
Jane Harman 40%
J. Dennis Hastert 92%
Doc Hastings 99%
Robert Hayes 95%
Wally Herger, Jr. 96%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 49%
Maurice Hinchey 13%
David Lee Hobson 98%
Pete Hoekstra 95%
Thomas Holden 53%
Rush Holt, Jr. 16%
Darlene Hooley 31%
Kenny Hulshof 96%
Duncan Hunter 90%
Kay Hutchison 97%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 87%
Daniel Inouye 27%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 13%
William Jefferson 40%
Tim Johnson 71%
Timothy Johnson 53%
Paul Kanjorski 30%
Ric Keller 91%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 14%
Patrick Kennedy 15%
Dale Kildee 16%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 20%
Jack Kingston 95%
Joseph Knollenberg 95%
Herb Kohl 41%
Dennis Kucinich 13%
John Kuhl, Jr. 95%
Jon Kyl 89%
Ray LaHood 88%
Mary Landrieu 61%
Tom Lantos 18%
Tom Latham 95%
Steve LaTourette 80%
Frank Lautenberg 11%
Carl Levin 22%
Jerry Lewis 95%
Ron Lewis 94%
Joe Lieberman 30%
Blanche Lincoln 60%
John Linder 94%
Trent Lott, Sr. 100%
Dick Lugar 97%
Dan Lungren 96%
Connie Mack IV 87%
Don Manzullo 91%
Jim Marshall 60%
Melquiades Martinez 88%
Jim Matheson 77%
Carolyn McCarthy 24%
Thaddeus McCotter 88%
James McCrery III 96%
John McHugh 89%
Mike McIntyre 53%
Buck McKeon 95%
Michael McNulty 23%
Martin Meehan 18%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 29%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 53%
Mike Michaud 30%
Gary Miller 96%
George Miller 16%
Brad Miller 18%
Alan Mollohan 42%
Dennis Moore 33%
Jim Moran, Jr. 42%
Jack Murtha 48%
Marilyn Musgrave 96%
Sue Myrick 94%
Ben Nelson 77%
Jim Oberstar 14%
Dave Obey 25%
John Olver 16%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 56%
Ed Pastor 16%
Ron Paul 56%
Donald Payne 14%
John Peterson 96%
Tom Petri 88%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 96%
Todd Platts 87%
Earl Pomeroy 47%
Jon Porter, Sr. 96%
Deborah Pryce 94%
Mark Pryor 55%
George Radanovich 98%
Nick Rahall II 39%
James Ramstad 80%
Ralph Regula 96%
Denny Rehberg 92%
Richard Renzi 95%
Silvestre Reyes 47%
Thomas Reynolds 93%
Jay Rockefeller IV 36%
Mike Rogers 95%
Mike Ross 48%
Steve Rothman 26%

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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