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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Alliance for Retired Americans

2008 Lifetime Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 92%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 14%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 99%
Todd Akin 4%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 7%
Rodney Alexander 19%
Jason Altmire 90%
Rob Andrews 95%
Michael Arcuri 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 99%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 9%
Brian Baird 92%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 18%
J. Gresham Barrett 2%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 76%
Roscoe Bartlett 13%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 4%
Max Baucus 73%
Evan Bayh 90%
Melissa Bean 75%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 5%
Shelley Berkley 95%
Howard Berman 99%
Marion Berry 87%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 96%
Judy Biggert 10%
Brian Bilbray 19%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 35%
Jeff Bingaman 99%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 4%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 3%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 96%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 5%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 13%
Mary Bono Mack 16%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 13%
Dan Boren 73%
Leonard Boswell 88%
Rick Boucher 92%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 10%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 99%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 80%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 6%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 99%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 8%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 9%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 8%
Ginny Brown-Waite 22%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 70%
Jim Bunning 4%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 14%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 3%
Dan Burton 12%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 96%
Steve Buyer 7%
Robert Byrd 97%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 8%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 8%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 1%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 97%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 22%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 97%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Dennis Cardoza 93%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 95%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 81%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 3%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
Mike Castle 24%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 18%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 10%
Ben Chandler III 96%
Travis Childers 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 95%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 97%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 16%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 8%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 10%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 10%
Norm Coleman 22%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 44%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 3%
Kent Conrad 95%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 93%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 30%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 95%
Jerry Costello 91%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
Larry Craig 10%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 5%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 96%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 9%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Artur Davis 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
David Davis 15%
Geoff Davis 10%
Lincoln Davis 84%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 96%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 3%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 97%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 97%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
James DeMint 10%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 35%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 12%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 13%
Norm Dicks 99%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 96%
Chris Dodd 96%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 85%
Byron Dorgan 96%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
David Dreier 8%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 8%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 99%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 91%
Vern Ehlers 17%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
Brad Ellsworth 80%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
Jo Ann Emerson 31%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
John Ensign 9%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 4%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 97%
Bob Etheridge 93%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 32%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 96%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 92%
Bob Filner 97%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 9%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 13%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 28%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 8%
Barney Frank 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 4%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 8%
Elton Gallegly 10%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 9%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 38%
Gabrielle Giffords 95%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 11%
Charlie Gonzalez 97%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 18%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 12%
Bart Gordon 86%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 7%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 13%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 12%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
Judd Gregg 6%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 9%
John Hall 100%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 19%
Phil Hare 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
Jane Harman 91%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 8%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 4%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 45%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 4%
Wally Herger, Jr. 3%

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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