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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association

2008 Candidate Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 100%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 93%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 93%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 93%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 43%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 93%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 93%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 93%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 7%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 7%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 7%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 7%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 93%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 7%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 21%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 7%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 29%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 7%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 93%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 7%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 93%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 7%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 7%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 93%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 7%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 7%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 64%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 7%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 7%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 100%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 93%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 21%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 43%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 93%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 7%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 7%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 21%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 93%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 93%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 93%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 7%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 93%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 93%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 7%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 7%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 7%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 7%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 7%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 7%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 7%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 7%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 7%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 93%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 93%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 7%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 93%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 93%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 7%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 7%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 93%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 93%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 7%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 93%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 43%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 7%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 93%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 93%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 93%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 93%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 21%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 21%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 7%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 7%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 7%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 36%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 93%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 21%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 79%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 93%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 93%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 43%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 93%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 93%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 93%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 93%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 7%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 64%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 7%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 7%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 7%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 93%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 7%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 93%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 93%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 93%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 93%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 43%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 7%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 93%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 93%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 29%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 79%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 64%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy Rodgers Republican 93%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 43%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 7%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 7%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 71%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 7%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 93%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 93%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 93%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 93%
Neil Abercrombie 14%
Gary Ackerman 7%
Todd Akin 93%
Rodney Alexander 93%
Jason Altmire 93%
Rob Andrews 7%
Michael Arcuri 36%
Joe Baca, Sr. 93%
Michele Bachmann 93%
Spencer Bachus 93%
Brian Baird 64%
J. Gresham Barrett 93%
John Barrow 93%
Roscoe Bartlett 93%
Joe Barton 93%
Max Baucus 100%
Melissa Bean 21%
Shelley Berkley 7%
Howard Berman 7%
Marion Berry 93%
Joe Biden, Jr. 7%
Judy Biggert 79%
Brian Bilbray 93%
Tim Bishop 7%
John Boehner 93%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 93%
Mary Bono Mack 64%
Dan Boren 100%
Leonard Boswell 93%
Rick Boucher 100%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 93%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 93%
Nancy Boyda 43%
Bob Brady 7%
Bruce Braley 14%
Will Breazeale 93%
Paul Broun 93%

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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