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Rating Group: Alliance for Retired Americans

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Ben Chandler III 90%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 90%
Jerry Costello 90%
Chet Edwards 90%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 90%
Bob Filner 90%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 90%
Darlene Hooley 90%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 90%
William Jefferson 90%
James Merrill Jeffords 90%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 90%
Jim Marshall 90%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 90%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 90%
Jack Murtha 90%
Earl Pomeroy 90%
Mike Ross 90%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 90%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 90%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 90%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 90%
Ike Skelton 90%
Albert Wynn 90%
Thomas Holden 89%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 89%
Gene Taylor 89%
Leonard Boswell 88%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 88%
Ed Towns 88%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 80%
Melissa Bean 80%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
Dennis Cardoza 80%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 80%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 80%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 80%
Dan Boren 70%
Robert Cramer 70%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 70%
Lincoln Davis 70%
Bart Gordon 70%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 70%
Ron Paul 63%
Olympia Snowe 60%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
James Leach 50%
Ben Nelson 50%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 40%
Tim Johnson 40%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 40%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 33%
Heather Wilson 33%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 30%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 30%
John McHugh 30%
Christopher Shays 30%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 29%
Arlen Specter 25%
Sherwood Boehlert 20%
Jo Ann Emerson 20%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 20%
Jim Gibbons 20%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 20%
Mark Green 20%
Nancy Johnson 20%
Steve LaTourette 20%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 20%
Robert William Ney 20%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 20%
James Ramstad 20%
Cliff Stearns 20%
John Sweeney 20%
Henry Hyde 14%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 13%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 13%
Steve Buyer 11%
John Nathan Hostettler 11%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 11%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 11%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 11%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 11%
George Voinovich 11%
George Allen 10%
Michael Bilirakis 10%
Mary Bono Mack 10%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 10%
Conrad Burns 10%
Mike Castle 10%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 10%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 10%
Tom Feeney 10%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 10%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 10%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 10%
Gilbert Gutknecht 10%
William Lewis Jenkins 10%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 10%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 10%
John Kuhl, Jr. 10%
Ray LaHood 10%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 10%
Melquiades Martinez 10%
Thaddeus McCotter 10%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 10%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 10%
Todd Platts 10%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 10%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 10%
Richard Renzi 10%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 10%
Gordon Smith 10%
James Talent 10%
Tom Tancredo 10%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 10%
William Thomas 10%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 10%
John Warner 10%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 10%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Todd Akin 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Wayne Allard 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 0%
Bob Beauprez 0%
Bob Bennett 0%
Judy Biggert 0%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 0%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Chris Chocola 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
Norm Coleman 0%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
Larry Craig 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
Geoff Davis 0%
Jo Ann Davis 0%
Thomas Davis III 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 0%
Elizabeth Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
John Doolittle 0%
Thelma Drake 0%
David Dreier 0%
Vern Ehlers 0%
Philip English 0%
John Ensign 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Terry Everett 0%
Michael Ferguson 0%
Mark Foley 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks 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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