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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: USA Engage

2003-2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 40%
Gary Ackerman 20%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 20%
Todd Akin 40%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 60%
Rodney Alexander 20%
Wayne Allard 80%
George Allen 60%
Thomas Allen 40%
Rob Andrews 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 20%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 40%
Brian Baird 40%
Richard Hugh Baker 60%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 20%
J. Gresham Barrett 20%
Roscoe Bartlett 60%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 60%
Charlie Bass 40%
Max Baucus 60%
Evan Bayh 60%
Bob Beauprez 60%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 60%
Bob Bennett 80%
Howard Berman 60%
Marion Berry 20%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 40%
Judy Biggert 80%
Michael Bilirakis 40%
Jeff Bingaman 60%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 40%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 60%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 60%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 60%
Kit Bond 60%
Henry Bonilla 60%
Mary Bono Mack 60%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 60%
Leonard Boswell 60%
Rick Boucher 20%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 20%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 60%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 80%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 60%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 20%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 80%
Ginny Brown-Waite 40%
Jim Bunning 60%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 60%
Conrad Burns 60%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 40%
Dan Burton 20%
Steve Buyer 60%
Robert Byrd 20%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 60%
Chris Cannon 40%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 80%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 60%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 60%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 60%
Dennis Cardoza 20%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 60%
Edward Case 40%
Mike Castle 60%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 40%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 80%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 40%
Chris Chocola 60%
Hillary Clinton 60%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 60%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 60%
Norm Coleman 60%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 60%
Kent Conrad 40%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 20%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 80%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 60%
Jon Corzine 20%
Jerry Costello 20%
Christopher Cox 40%
Larry Craig 60%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 60%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 60%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 80%
Barbara Cubin 60%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 60%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 20%
Randall Cunningham 40%
Artur Davis 60%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 40%
James Davis 40%
Jo Ann Davis 20%
Lincoln Davis 60%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 60%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 20%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 20%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 60%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 20%
Thomas DeLay 60%
James DeMint 60%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 60%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 40%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 60%
Norm Dicks 80%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 40%
Chris Dodd 40%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 40%
Elizabeth Dole 40%
John Doolittle 60%
Byron Dorgan 20%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 20%
David Dreier 80%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 20%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 60%
Chet Edwards 60%
Vern Ehlers 80%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 40%
Jo Ann Emerson 40%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 20%
Philip English 40%
John Ensign 60%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 60%
Bob Etheridge 60%
Lane Evans 20%
Terry Everett 60%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 20%
Tom Feeney 40%
Russ Feingold 20%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 40%
Michael Ferguson 40%
Bob Filner 20%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 100%
Mark Foley 60%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 60%
Harold Ford, Jr. 60%
Barney Frank 20%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 60%
William Frist 60%
Elton Gallegly 60%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 60%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 40%
Jim Gibbons 60%
Wayne Gilchrest 60%
Paul Gillmor 40%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 40%
Charlie Gonzalez 60%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 60%
Bart Gordon 40%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 60%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 60%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 40%
Mark Green 40%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 20%
Judd Gregg 60%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 20%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 80%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 20%
Jane Harman 60%
Katherine Harris 60%
Melissa Hart 60%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 20%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 60%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 60%
Joel Hefley 40%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 60%
Wally Herger, Jr. 80%
Maurice Hinchey 20%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 60%
David Lee Hobson 60%
Pete Hoekstra 20%
Thomas Holden 20%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 40%
Darlene Hooley 40%
John Nathan Hostettler 20%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 60%
Kenny Hulshof 60%
Duncan Hunter 20%
Kay Hutchison 60%
Henry Hyde 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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