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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

2009 Lifetime Scores

State Office District Name Party Rating
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 46%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 92%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 2%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 77%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 64%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 69%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 74%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 61%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 5%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 63%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 74%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 77%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 18%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 14%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 61%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 87%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 20%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 68%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 71%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 11%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 75%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 4%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 77%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 3%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 14%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 3%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 3%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 11%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 17%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 11%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 57%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 37%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 23%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 13%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 7%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 92%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 22%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 6%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 93%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 43%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 80%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 90%
Neil Abercrombie 6%
Gary Ackerman 5%
John Adler 17%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 7%
Todd Akin 89%
Rodney Alexander 43%
Jason Altmire 14%
Rob Andrews 14%
Michael Arcuri 5%
Steve Austria 78%
Joe Baca, Sr. 7%
Michele Bachmann 91%
Spencer Bachus 67%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 69%
Brian Baird 13%
J. Gresham Barrett 93%
John Barrow 17%
Roscoe Bartlett 78%
Max Baucus 19%
Evan Bayh 29%
Melissa Bean 39%
Mark Begich 4%
Bob Bennett 64%
Shelley Berkley 17%
Howard Berman 8%
Marion Berry 19%
Judy Biggert 62%
Brian Bilbray 74%
Jeff Bingaman 19%
Tim Bishop 7%
John Boehner 74%
Kit Bond 59%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 53%
Mary Bono Mack 58%
Dan Boren 21%
Leonard Boswell 18%
Rick Boucher 13%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 53%
Barbara Boxer 11%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 22%
Bruce Braley 3%
Bobby Bright 64%
Paul Broun 99%
Corrine Brown 5%
Henry Brown, Jr. 56%
Sam Brownback 81%
Ginny Brown-Waite 64%
Jim Bunning 79%
Roland Burris 3%
Dan Burton 79%
Steve Buyer 70%
Robert Byrd 15%
Dave Camp 65%
John Campbell III 88%
Eric Cantor 76%
Joseph Cao 22%
Lois Capps 11%
Dennis Cardoza 14%
Russ Carnahan 4%
Christopher Carney 9%
Mike Castle 56%
Jason Chaffetz 98%
Saxby Chambliss 80%
Ben Chandler III 7%
Travis Childers 23%
Howard Coble 80%
Thomas Coburn 95%
Thad Cochran 56%
Kent Conrad 17%
John Conyers, Jr. 8%
Jerry Costello 15%
Ander Crenshaw 56%
Kathy Dahlkemper 7%
Artur Davis 10%
Geoff Davis 61%
Lincoln Davis 25%
Bill Delahunt 9%
James DeMint 97%
Charlie Dent 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 51%
Norm Dicks 7%
John Dingell 6%
Chris Dodd 13%
Byron Dorgan 14%
David Dreier 64%
Steve Driehaus 11%
Donna Edwards 0%
Chet Edwards 17%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Brad Ellsworth 12%
Bill Emerson 53%
John Ensign 92%
Bob Etheridge 13%
Sam Farr 8%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 5%
Russ Feingold 39%
Bob Filner 6%
John Fleming, Jr. 90%
Randy Forbes 66%
Barney Frank 11%
Al Franken 9%
Trent Franks 94%
Elton Gallegly 60%
Scott Garrett 95%
Jim Gerlach 40%
Gabrielle Giffords 14%
Phil Gingrey 76%
Charlie Gonzalez 7%
Bart Gordon 24%
Alan Grayson 2%
Judd Gregg 80%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 9%
Kay Hagan 8%
John Hall 2%
Ralph Hall 64%
Debbie Halvorson 21%
Phil Hare 2%
Tom Harkin 15%
Jane Harman 20%
Doc Hastings 66%
Wally Herger, Jr. 81%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 13%
Baron Hill 16%
Maurice Hinchey 5%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 10%
Paul Hodes 6%
Pete Hoekstra 83%
Tim Holden 18%
Rush Holt, Jr. 13%
Mike Honda 6%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 88%
Daniel Inouye 7%
Steve Israel 12%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 5%
Mike Johanns 91%
Timothy Johnson 11%
Tim Johnson 50%
Steve Kagen 5%
Paul Kanjorski 10%
Ted Kaufman 12%
Patrick Kennedy 5%
John Kerry 21%
Dale Kildee 7%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 5%
Mary Jo Kilroy 2%
Jack Kingston 73%
Mark Kirk 56%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 6%

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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