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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 78%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 68%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 76%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 80%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 27%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 23%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 22%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 27%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 5%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 5%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 80%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 22%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 35%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 11%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 42%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 3%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 79%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 76%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 88%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 10%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 14%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 11%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 6%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 75%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 22%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 87%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 66%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 89%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 76%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 13%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 25%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 7%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 26%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 30%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 25%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 23%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 54%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 19%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 61%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 18%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 50%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 92%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 18%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 90%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 23%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 87%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 27%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 27%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 60%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 25%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 31%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 14%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 74%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 21%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 27%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 27%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 26%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 15%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 79%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 84%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 23%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 66%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 83%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 92%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 22%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 77%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 15%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 24%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 72%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 31%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 33%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 32%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 79%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 6%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 14%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 14%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 10%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 9%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 25%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 24%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 34%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 36%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 22%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 6%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 30%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 67%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 56%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 83%
Neil Abercrombie 19%
Gary Ackerman 22%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16%
Todd Akin 92%
Wayne Allard 85%
George Allen 73%
Thomas Allen 23%
Rob Andrews 33%
Joe Baca, Sr. 28%
Spencer Bachus 84%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 85%
Brian Baird 27%
Richard Hugh Baker 87%
Cass Ballenger 81%
Roscoe Bartlett 68%
Joe Barton 83%
Charlie Bass 58%
Max Baucus 42%
Evan Bayh 41%
Bob Bennett 83%
Douglas Bereuter 59%
Shelley Berkley 32%
Howard Berman 16%
Marion Berry 43%
Joe Biden, Jr. 25%
Judy Biggert 65%
Michael Bilirakis 82%
Jeff Bingaman 23%
Sherwood Boehlert 53%
John Boehner 73%
Kit Bond 77%
Henry Bonilla 86%
Mary Bono Mack 57%
Leonard Boswell 40%
Rick Boucher 33%
Barbara Boxer 7%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 47%
Bob Brady 17%
John Breaux 50%
Corrine Brown 18%
Henry Brown, Jr. 79%
Sam Brownback 82%
Jim Bunning 77%
Conrad Burns 77%
Dan Burton 70%
Steve Buyer 73%
Robert Byrd 37%
Dave Camp 86%
Ben Campbell 69%
Chris Cannon 75%
Eric Cantor 90%
Lois Capps 28%
Mike Capuano 15%
Brad Carson 45%
Julia Carson 12%
Mike Castle 55%
Lincoln Chafee 50%
Hillary Clinton 13%
Howard Coble 70%
Thad Cochran 80%
Michael Collins 79%
Larry Combest 81%
Kent Conrad 24%
John Conyers, Jr. 2%
Jon Corzine 13%
Jerry Costello 44%
Christopher Cox 67%
Larry Craig 83%
Robert Cramer 49%
Philip Crane 86%
Ander Crenshaw 92%
Joe Crowley 31%
Barbara Cubin 89%
John Culberson 92%
Randall Cunningham 78%
Thomas Daschle 31%
James Davis 39%
Jo Ann Davis 77%
Thomas Davis III 69%
Mark Dayton 13%
Nathan Deal 83%
Bill Delahunt 16%
Thomas DeLay 88%
Peter Deutsch 34%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 63%
Norm Dicks 29%
John Dingell 23%
Chris Dodd 19%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 80%
Calvin Dooley 37%
John Doolittle 83%

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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