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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Alliance for Retired Americans

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 90%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 10%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 90%
Todd Akin 10%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
Rodney Alexander 30%
Wayne Allard 10%
George Allen 0%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 90%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
Brian Baird 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 100%
Cass Ballenger 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 10%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 10%
Max Baucus 30%
Evan Bayh 90%
Bob Beauprez 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Chris Bell 89%
Bob Bennett 0%
Douglas Bereuter 30%
Shelley Berkley 90%
Howard Berman 90%
Marion Berry 90%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 89%
Judy Biggert 0%
Michael Bilirakis 10%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 10%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 11%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 10%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 80%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 60%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
John Breaux 30%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 10%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 20%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Max Burns 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
Dan Burton 30%
Steve Buyer 10%
Robert Byrd 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
Ben Campbell 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 90%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
Dennis Cardoza 90%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 60%
Brad Carson 60%
Julia Carson 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
Edward Case 80%
Mike Castle 10%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 11%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 30%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Chris Chocola 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 88%
Hillary Clinton 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
Norm Coleman 0%
Michael Collins 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 0%
Kent Conrad 70%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 100%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 10%
Jon Corzine 90%
Jerry Costello 80%
Christopher Cox 0%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 50%
Philip Crane 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 20%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Thomas Daschle 90%
Artur Davis 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 80%
Jo Ann Davis 10%
Lincoln Davis 80%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
Thomas Davis III 11%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 90%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 33%
Peter Deutsch 90%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 0%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 0%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 90%
Chris Dodd 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 25%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 70%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 10%
Jennifer Dunn 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90%
John Edwards 100%
Chet Edwards 80%
Vern Ehlers 10%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
Jo Ann Emerson 38%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 0%
John Ensign 20%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
Bob Etheridge 90%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 10%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Tom Feeney 10%
Russ Feingold 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 70%
Michael Ferguson 0%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 30%
Mark Foley 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 10%
Harold Ford, Jr. 88%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0%
Barney Frank 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 10%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 0%
William Frist 0%
Jonas Frost III 100%
Elton Gallegly 0%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 20%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 0%
Jim Gibbons 0%
Wayne Gilchrest 10%
Paul Gillmor 0%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 10%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 10%
Bart Gordon 90%
Porter Goss 0%
Daniel Graham 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%

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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