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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Alliance for Retired Americans

2008 Lifetime Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 99%
Todd Akin 4%
Rodney Alexander 19%
Jason Altmire 90%
Rob Andrews 95%
Michael Arcuri 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 99%
Brian Baird 92%
J. Gresham Barrett 2%
Roscoe Bartlett 13%
Max Baucus 73%
Evan Bayh 90%
Melissa Bean 75%
Bob Bennett 5%
Shelley Berkley 95%
Howard Berman 99%
Marion Berry 87%
Judy Biggert 10%
Brian Bilbray 19%
Jeff Bingaman 99%
Kit Bond 5%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 13%
Mary Bono Mack 16%
Dan Boren 73%
Leonard Boswell 88%
Rick Boucher 92%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 80%
Henry Brown, Jr. 9%
Ginny Brown-Waite 22%
Jim Bunning 4%
Dan Burton 12%
Steve Buyer 7%
Robert Byrd 97%
Eric Cantor 1%
Dennis Cardoza 93%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 95%
Mike Castle 24%
Ben Chandler III 96%
Travis Childers 100%
Hillary Clinton 100%
Norm Coleman 22%
Kent Conrad 95%
Jerry Costello 91%
Larry Craig 10%
Artur Davis 100%
David Davis 15%
Geoff Davis 10%
Lincoln Davis 84%
Bill Delahunt 100%
James DeMint 10%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 12%
Norm Dicks 99%
Chris Dodd 96%
Byron Dorgan 96%
David Dreier 8%
Chet Edwards 91%
Vern Ehlers 17%
Brad Ellsworth 80%
Jo Ann Emerson 31%
John Ensign 9%
Bob Etheridge 93%
Russ Feingold 96%
Bob Filner 97%
Barney Frank 100%
Elton Gallegly 10%
Gabrielle Giffords 95%
Charlie Gonzalez 97%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 18%
Bart Gordon 86%
Judd Gregg 6%
John Hall 100%
Phil Hare 100%
Jane Harman 91%
Wally Herger, Jr. 3%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 98%
Baron Hill 80%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Paul Hodes 100%
Pete Hoekstra 9%
Thomas Holden 97%
Kay Hutchison 12%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 5%
Daniel Inouye 99%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Tim Johnson 25%
Steve Kagen 100%
Paul Kanjorski 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 96%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Ron Klein 95%
Herb Kohl 99%
Dennis Kucinich 92%
Jon Kyl 1%
Ray LaHood 25%
Steve LaTourette 26%
Frank Lautenberg 95%
Jerry Lewis 9%
Joe Lieberman 99%
Blanche Lincoln 87%
John Linder 3%
Dick Lugar 13%
Dan Lungren 15%
Connie Mack IV 13%
Don Manzullo 13%
Jim Marshall 71%
Melquiades Martinez 23%
Thaddeus McCotter 22%
John McHugh 29%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 95%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 88%
Brad Miller 100%
Harry Mitchell 90%
Alan Mollohan 97%
Dennis Moore 89%
Patrick Murphy 85%
Jack Murtha 97%
Sue Myrick 8%
Ben Nelson 63%
Jim Oberstar 99%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 97%
Ron Paul 29%
Donald Payne 99%
Todd Platts 23%
Earl Pomeroy 91%
George Radanovich 5%
Denny Rehberg 14%
Silvestre Reyes 99%
Laura Richardson 100%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
Mike Ross 90%
Steve Rothman 97%
Ken Salazar 98%
William Sali 0%
Jean Schmidt 19%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 95%
John Shadegg 6%
Heath Shuler 79%
Ike Skelton 90%
Olympia Snowe 53%
Vic Snyder 94%
Hilda Solis 100%
Mark Souder 9%
Zack Space 100%
Arlen Specter 39%
John Spratt, Jr. 100%
Pete Stark 99%
Cliff Stearns 10%
Ted Stevens 14%
Bart Stupak 100%
John Sullivan 9%
John Sununu 9%
Betty Sutton 100%
Tom Tancredo 8%
John Tanner 81%
Ellen Tauscher 94%
Gene Taylor 81%
Todd Tiahrt 8%
Ed Towns 96%
George Voinovich 20%
Zach Wamp 13%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 99%
Jim Webb, Jr. 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 100%
Lynn Woolsey 97%
David Wu 96%
Bill Young 16%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 92%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 96%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 96%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 99%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 99%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 96%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 97%
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%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 81%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 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%

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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