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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Gun Owners of America

2012 Ratings on Gun Rights - Elected to 113th Congress [12/2012]

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 17%
Rodney Alexander 83%
Rob Andrews 17%
Max Baucus 33%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 83%
Julia Carson 0%
James DeMint 100%
Jo Ann Emerson 83%
Daniel Inouye 17%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
William Lipinski 17%
David Pryor 17%
Trey Radel 83%
E.G. Shuster 83%
Diane Smith 83%
Mel Watt 17%
Bill Young 67%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 17%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 3 Joyce Beatty Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 33%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 0%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 17%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 17%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 17%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 17%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 17%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 20 Joaquin Castro Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 0%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 17%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 17%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 0%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 17%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 33%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 33%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 33%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 33%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 1 Suzan DelBene Democratic 17%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 0%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
CT U.S. House 5 Elizabeth Esty Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 33%
FL U.S. House 22 Lois Frankel Democratic 17%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 26 Joe Garcia Democratic 17%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 33%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 0%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 0%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 17%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 17%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 17%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 0%
NV U.S. House 4 Steven Horsford Democratic 50%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 8 Hakeem Jeffries Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 17%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 17%
VA U.S. Senate Jr Tim Kaine Democratic 17%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 17%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 50%
AZ U.S. House 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 50%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 17%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 17%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 0%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 0%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 17%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 0%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 33%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 17%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 0%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 17%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 33%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 17%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 0%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 17%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 50%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 21 Bill Owens Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 0%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 17%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 2 Mark Pocan Democratic 17%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 33%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 0%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 0%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 0%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 0%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 17%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 10 Brad Schneider Democratic 17%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 33%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 17%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 17%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 0%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 17%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 17%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 0%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 41 Mark Takano Democratic 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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