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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Gun Owners of America

2003 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican B
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican B
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican A
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican A
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican A
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic F-
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic F
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic F-
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic F-
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic F-
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic F-
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic F-
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic F-
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic F-
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic F-
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican A-
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic F-
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic F
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic F-
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis F
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic F
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis A-
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic F
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic F-
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic F
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic F-
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican B-
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic C
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic F-
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic F
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican C
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican A
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican B
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican A-
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic F
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic F-
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic F-
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic F-
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican A-
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic F-
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic F
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican C
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican B
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican C
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican B-
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic F-
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic F-
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic F-
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic F
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic F-
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic F
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic F
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic F-
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican D
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic F-
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican D
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic F-
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic A
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican A-
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic F-
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican A-
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican A-
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic F-
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican A
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican B-
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic F
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican C-
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic F-
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican F
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic F-
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic F-
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic F-
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic F-
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican D-
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic F-
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic F-
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic F-
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic F-
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic F-
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic F-
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic F-
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic F
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican C
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican A-
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic F
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican F
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican A
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican A
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican B
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic F
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican B
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic F-
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic F
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican A-
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic F
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic F
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic F-
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican B
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican A
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic F-
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican C
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican A
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican C
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican A-
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican B-
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic F-
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican B
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic F-
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican A
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic F
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican A
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic F-
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic F-
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent F
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic F
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic F
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic D
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic C
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic F
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic F
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic D
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican A
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican B
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican A
Neil Abercrombie F-
Gary Ackerman F-
Daniel Akaka, Sr. F
Todd Akin A
Wayne Allard B
George Allen C
Thomas Allen F
Rob Andrews F-
Joe Baca, Sr. C
Spencer Bachus A-
Kay Bailey Hutchison B-
Brian Baird D
Richard Hugh Baker A-
Frank Ballance, Jr. D-
Cass Ballenger A-
J. Gresham Barrett A
Roscoe Bartlett 100
Joe Barton A
Charlie Bass C
Max Baucus F
Evan Bayh F
Bob Beauprez C-
Chris Bell C
Bob Bennett D
Douglas Bereuter F
Shelley Berkley F
Howard Berman F-
Marion Berry F
Joe Biden, Jr. F
Judy Biggert C-
Michael Bilirakis B
Jeff Bingaman F
Sherwood Boehlert F
John Boehner B
Kit Bond C
Henry Bonilla A-
Mary Bono Mack D
Leonard Boswell C-
Rick Boucher B
Barbara Boxer F-
Allen Boyd, Jr. C
Bob Brady F-
John Breaux F
Corrine Brown F-
Henry Brown, Jr. A-
Sam Brownback B
Jim Bunning B
Conrad Burns B
Max Burns A
Dan Burton A
Steve Buyer A-
Robert Byrd F
Dave Camp B-
Ben Campbell B-
Chris Cannon A
Eric Cantor B-
Lois Capps F-
Mike Capuano F-
Dennis Cardoza C
Brad Carson B
Julia Carson F-
Mike Castle F-
Lincoln Chafee F-
Saxby Chambliss A
Chris Chocola A
Hillary Clinton F-
Howard Coble A
Thad Cochran D
Norm Coleman B
Michael Collins A
Larry Combest A
Kent Conrad F
John Conyers, Jr. F-
Jerry Costello C
Christopher Cox B-
Larry Craig B

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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