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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
Roscoe Bartlett 100
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 90
Daniel Akaka, Sr. F
Thomas Allen F
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic F
Max Baucus F
Evan Bayh F
Douglas Bereuter F
Shelley Berkley F
Marion Berry F
Joe Biden, Jr. F
Jeff Bingaman F
Sherwood Boehlert F
John Breaux F
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic F
Robert Byrd F
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic F
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic F
Kent Conrad F
Thomas Daschle F
James Davis F
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic F
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor F
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic F
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic F
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican F
Lincoln Diaz-Balart F
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic F
Calvin Dooley F
Byron Dorgan F
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic F
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic F
Chet Edwards F
Bob Etheridge F
Russ Feingold F
Michael Ferguson F
Peter Fitzgerald F
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican F
Jonas Frost III F
Wayne Gilchrest F
Tom Harkin F
Maurice Hinchey F
Ernest Hollings F
Mike Honda F
Darlene Hooley F
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic F
Daniel Inouye F
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic F
William Jefferson F
Timothy Johnson F
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic F
John Kerry F
Dale Kildee F
Mark Kirk F
Herb Kohl F
Mary Landrieu F
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic F
James Leach F
Carl Levin F
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic F
Joe Lieberman F
Blanche Lincoln F
Dick Lugar F
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic F
Jim McDermott F
Michael McNulty F
Brad Miller F
Dennis Moore F
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic F
Ben Nelson F
Doug Ose F
Earl Pomeroy F
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic F
Jack Quinn F
James Ramstad F
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic F
Harry Reid F
Silvestre Reyes F
Jay Rockefeller IV F
Ciro Rodriguez F
Loretta Sanchez F
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent F
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic F
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican F
Nick Smith F
Vic Snyder F
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis F
John Spratt, Jr. F
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic F
Mark Udall F
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic F
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic F
John Warner F
Mel Watt F
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic F
Frank Ballance, Jr. D-
Vern Ehlers D-
James Merrill Jeffords D-
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican D-
Brian Baird D
Bob Bennett D
Mary Bono Mack D
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican D
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican D
Thomas Davis III D
John Dingell D
Elizabeth Dole D
Pete Domenici, Jr. D
William Frist D
James Greenwood D
Amory Houghton, Jr. D
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic D
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic D
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican D
Jim Oberstar D
Dave Obey D
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican D
Jim Saxton D
Gordon Smith D
Ted Stevens D
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican D
George Voinovich D
James Walsh D
W. Curtis Weldon D
Frank Wolf D
Bob Beauprez C-
Judy Biggert C-
Leonard Boswell C-
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican C-
Mark Foley C-
Porter Goss C-
Judd Gregg C-
J. Dennis Hastert C-
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican C-
Henry Hyde C-
James Kolbe C-
Trent Lott, Sr. C-
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican C-
Jack Murtha C-
Sue Myrick C-
Anne Northup C-
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. C-
Olympia Snowe C-
Arlen Specter C-
Gerald Weller C-
Bill Young C-
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican C
George Allen C
Joe Baca, Sr. C
Charlie Bass C
Chris Bell C
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic C
Kit Bond C
Allen Boyd, Jr. C
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican C
Dennis Cardoza C
Jerry Costello C
Philip English C
Vito Fossella, Jr. C
Elton Gallegly C
Paul Gillmor C
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican C
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic C
Charles Hagel C
Katherine Harris C
Baron Hill C
David Lee Hobson C
Thomas Holden C
Christopher John C
Paul Kanjorski C
Sue Kelly C
Jon Kyl C
Nicholas Lampson C
Tom Latham C
Steve LaTourette C
Jim Matheson C
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican C
Mike McIntyre C
James Nussle C
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. C
Thomas William Osborne C
Michael Oxley C
Todd Platts C
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican C
Ralph Regula C
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican C
Max Sandlin, Jr. C
Rick Santorum C
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican C
Ike Skelton C
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic C
Charles Stenholm C
James Turner C
Zach Wamp C
Kay Bailey Hutchison B-
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican B-
Dave Camp B-
Ben Campbell B-
Eric Cantor B-
Christopher Cox 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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