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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Alliance for Retired Americans

2009 Lifetime Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 93%
Gary Ackerman 100%
John Adler 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 98%
Todd Akin 3%
Rodney Alexander 18%
Jason Altmire 90%
Rob Andrews 95%
Michael Arcuri 100%
Steve Austria 10%
Joe Baca, Sr. 99%
Michele Bachmann 17%
Spencer Bachus 9%
Brian Baird 87%
John Barley 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 2%
John Barrow 77%
Roscoe Bartlett 13%
Max Baucus 74%
Evan Bayh 88%
Melissa Bean 76%
Mark Begich 100%
Bob Bennett 5%
Shelley Berkley 95%
Howard Berman 99%
Marion Berry 89%
Judy Biggert 10%
Brian Bilbray 17%
Jeff Bingaman 98%
Tim Bishop 100%
John Boccieri 90%
Kit Bond 6%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 12%
Mary Bono Mack 16%
Dan Boren 72%
Leonard Boswell 89%
Rick Boucher 92%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 81%
Bobby Bright 50%
Paul Broun 5%
Henry Brown, Jr. 9%
Ginny Brown-Waite 22%
Jim Bunning 4%
Roland Burris 90%
Dan Burton 12%
Steve Buyer 6%
Robert Byrd 96%
Dave Camp 8%
John Campbell III 3%
Eric Cantor 2%
Joseph Cao 40%
Dennis Cardoza 94%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 93%
Mike Castle 24%
Saxby Chambliss 9%
Ben Chandler III 95%
Travis Childers 88%
Howard Coble 17%
Thomas Coburn 8%
Kent Conrad 92%
Jerry Costello 92%
Kathy Dahlkemper 100%
Artur Davis 99%
Geoff Davis 10%
Lincoln Davis 85%
Bill Delahunt 100%
James DeMint 10%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 13%
Norm Dicks 99%
John Dingell 97%
Chris Dodd 95%
Byron Dorgan 95%
David Dreier 8%
Steve Driehaus 90%
Chet Edwards 90%
Vern Ehlers 17%
Brad Ellsworth 87%
Bill Emerson 30%
John Ensign 8%
Bob Etheridge 94%
Russ Feingold 95%
Bob Filner 98%
Barney Frank 100%
Elton Gallegly 10%
Jim Gerlach 35%
Gabrielle Giffords 97%
Phil Gingrey 9%
Charlie Gonzalez 98%
Bart Gordon 86%
Judd Gregg 6%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 60%
Kay Hagan 90%
John Hall 100%
Ralph Hall 18%
Debbie Halvorson 100%
Phil Hare 100%
Tom Harkin 100%
Jane Harman 92%
Doc Hastings 8%
Wally Herger, Jr. 3%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 95%
Baron Hill 80%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Paul Hodes 100%
Pete Hoekstra 10%
Thomas Holden 97%
Rush Holt, Jr. 94%
Duncan Hunter 10%
Kay Hutchison 11%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 6%
Daniel Inouye 98%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Mike Johanns 10%
Timothy Johnson 96%
Tim Johnson 24%
Steve Kagen 100%
Paul Kanjorski 100%
Ted Kaufman 90%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 99%
Mary Jo Kilroy 100%
Jack Kingston 7%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 86%
Larry Kissell 90%
Ron Klein 97%
Herb Kohl 98%
Suzanne Kosmas 60%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 60%
Dennis Kucinich 91%
Jon Kyl 1%
Mary Landrieu 84%
Tom Latham 13%
Steve LaTourette 26%
Frank Lautenberg 94%
Chris Lee 22%
George LeMieux 14%
Carl Levin 99%
Jerry Lewis 9%
Joe Lieberman 93%
Blanche Lincoln 88%
John Linder 4%
Dick Lugar 12%
Dan Lungren 14%
Connie Mack IV 15%
Dan Maffei 100%
Don Manzullo 13%
Betsy Markey 70%
Jim Marshall 71%
Eric Massa 90%
Jim Matheson 66%
Carolyn McCarthy 93%
Thaddeus McCotter 22%
Mike McIntyre 82%
Buck McKeon 9%
Michael McMahon 80%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 96%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 87%
Mike Michaud 96%
Gary Miller 9%
George Miller 100%
Brad Miller 100%
Walt Minnick 40%
Harry Mitchell 87%
Alan Mollohan 98%
Dennis Moore 91%
Jim Moran, Jr. 93%
Patrick Murphy 90%
Scott Murphy 83%
Jack Murtha 98%
Sue Myrick 8%
Ben Nelson 64%
Glenn Nye III 60%
Jim Oberstar 99%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 98%
Bill Owens 75%
Ed Pastor 99%
Ron Paul 29%
Donald Payne 99%
Tom Perriello 90%
Tom Petri 15%
Todd Platts 23%
Earl Pomeroy 92%
David Pryor 97%
George Radanovich 6%
Nick Rahall II 93%
Denny Rehberg 14%
Silvestre Reyes 99%
Laura Richardson 100%
Jay Rockefeller IV 97%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
Mike Rogers 9%
Mike Ross 90%
Steve Rothman 98%
John Salazar 91%
Mark Schauer 90%
Jean Schmidt 17%

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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