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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Alliance for Retired Americans

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 67%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 10%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 40%
Rodney Alexander 40%
Wayne Allard 10%
Thomas Allen 100%
Jason Altmire 90%
Rob Andrews 100%
Michael Arcuri 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 40%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 50%
Brian Baird 90%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 20%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 88%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 30%
Max Baucus 100%
Evan Bayh 100%
Melissa Bean 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 30%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Judy Biggert 50%
Brian Bilbray 50%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 50%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 33%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 20%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 38%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 50%
Mary Bono Mack 50%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 50%
Dan Boren 90%
Leonard Boswell 100%
Rick Boucher 100%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 44%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 90%
Nancy Boyda 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 30%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 50%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 30%
Ginny Brown-Waite 63%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 80%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 56%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
Dan Burton 30%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
Steve Buyer 30%
Robert Byrd 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 50%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 30%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 11%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 50%
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 100%
Dennis Cardoza 100%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 80%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 20%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
Mike Castle 60%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 50%
Ben Chandler III 100%
Travis Childers 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 50%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 10%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 50%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 60%
Norm Coleman 70%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 10%
Kent Conrad 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 89%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 50%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 100%
Jerry Costello 100%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
Larry Craig 30%
Robert Cramer 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 40%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
Barbara Cubin 17%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 44%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Artur Davis 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
David Davis 30%
Geoff Davis 40%
Lincoln Davis 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
Thomas Davis III 70%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 20%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 89%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
James DeMint 10%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 90%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 67%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 67%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Elizabeth Dole 50%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 63%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 90%
John Doolittle 20%
Byron Dorgan 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
Thelma Drake 50%
David Dreier 50%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 10%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 100%
Vern Ehlers 60%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
Brad Ellsworth 90%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
Jo Ann Emerson 50%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 60%
John Ensign 10%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 100%
Terry Everett 56%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 67%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Tom Feeney 44%
Russ Feingold 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Michael Ferguson 50%
Bob Filner 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 50%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 60%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 33%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 20%
Barney Frank 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 40%
Elton Gallegly 50%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 90%
Gabrielle Giffords 90%
Wayne Gilchrest 80%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 50%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 50%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 40%
Bart Gordon 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 40%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 40%

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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