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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Alliance for Retired Americans

2009 Lifetime Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 93%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 14%
John Adler 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 98%
Todd Akin 3%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 7%
Rodney Alexander 18%
Jason Altmire 90%
Rob Andrews 95%
Michael Arcuri 100%
Steve Austria 10%
Joe Baca, Sr. 99%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 17%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 9%
Brian Baird 87%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
John Barley 100%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 10%
J. Gresham Barrett 2%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 77%
Roscoe Bartlett 13%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 6%
Max Baucus 74%
Evan Bayh 88%
Melissa Bean 76%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 99%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 5%
Shelley Berkley 95%
Howard Berman 99%
Marion Berry 89%
Judy Biggert 10%
Brian Bilbray 17%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 30%
Jeff Bingaman 98%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 4%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 96%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 1%
John Boccieri 90%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 1%
Kit Bond 6%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 12%
Mary Bono Mack 16%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 13%
Dan Boren 72%
Leonard Boswell 89%
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. 81%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 7%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 99%
Bobby Bright 50%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 5%
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 7%
Ginny Brown-Waite 22%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 53%
Jim Bunning 4%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 17%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 2%
Roland Burris 90%
Dan Burton 12%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 96%
Steve Buyer 6%
Robert Byrd 96%
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 3%
Eric Cantor 2%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 97%
Joseph Cao 40%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 22%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 98%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 97%
Dennis Cardoza 94%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 93%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 79%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 5%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 97%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 10%
Mike Castle 24%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 9%
Ben Chandler III 95%
Travis Childers 88%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu 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%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 98%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 17%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 8%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 9%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 10%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 10%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 41%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 4%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 100%
Kent Conrad 92%
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 23%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 96%
Jerry Costello 92%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 6%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 6%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 97%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 9%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Kathy Dahlkemper 100%
Artur Davis 99%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
Geoff Davis 10%
Lincoln Davis 85%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 97%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 4%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 97%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 98%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
James DeMint 10%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 30%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 13%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 14%
Norm Dicks 99%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 97%
Chris Dodd 95%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 99%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 87%
Byron Dorgan 95%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
David Dreier 8%
Steve Driehaus 90%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 9%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 98%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 90%
Vern Ehlers 17%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
Brad Ellsworth 87%
Bill Emerson 30%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
John Ensign 8%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 3%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 98%
Bob Etheridge 94%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 24%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 95%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 92%
Bob Filner 98%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 8%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 5%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 12%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 24%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 8%
Barney Frank 100%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 5%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 8%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
Elton Gallegly 10%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 7%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 35%
Gabrielle Giffords 97%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 90%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 9%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 11%
Charlie Gonzalez 98%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 11%
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 10%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
Judd Gregg 6%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 60%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva 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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