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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2003 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 56%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 77%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 67%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 83%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 84%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 81%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 62%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 56%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 7%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 32%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 28%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 23%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 72%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 62%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 76%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 23%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 11%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 4%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 18%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 85%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 18%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 41%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 29%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 12%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 72%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 37%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 4%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 39%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 89%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 87%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 84%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 76%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 69%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 62%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 15%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 9%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 64%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 25%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 28%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 74%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 55%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 72%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 87%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 81%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 5%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 23%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 9%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 14%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 28%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 24%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 18%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 36%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 31%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 18%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 49%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 20%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 56%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 24%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 8%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 47%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 12%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 90%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 11%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 70%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 87%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 77%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 19%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 80%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 87%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 58%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 29%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 61%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 28%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 52%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 55%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 23%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 31%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 58%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 9%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 86%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 26%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 64%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 32%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 19%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 26%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 11%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 11%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 70%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 68%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 25%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 77%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 74%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 22%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 71%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 75%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 78%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 87%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 16%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 62%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 17%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 15%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 64%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 19%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 70%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 32%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 5%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 25%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 81%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 19%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 83%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 57%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 38%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 93%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 87%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 73%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 71%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 81%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 34%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 16%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 15%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 87%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 91%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 7%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 76%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 22%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 16%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 22%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 23%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 35%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 36%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 23%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 10%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 69%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 30%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 59%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 57%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 77%
Neil Abercrombie 19%
Gary Ackerman 22%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 22%
Todd Akin 78%
Rodney Alexander 46%
Wayne Allard 72%
George Allen 87%
Thomas Allen 17%
Rob Andrews 26%
Joe Baca, Sr. 32%
Spencer Bachus 94%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 65%
Brian Baird 24%
Richard Hugh Baker 86%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 16%
Cass Ballenger 83%
J. Gresham Barrett 75%
Roscoe Bartlett 67%
Charlie Bass 55%
Max Baucus 30%
Evan Bayh 42%
Bob Beauprez 79%
Chris Bell 33%
Bob Bennett 81%
Douglas Bereuter 54%
Shelley Berkley 30%
Howard Berman 15%
Marion Berry 37%
Joe Biden, Jr. 25%
Judy Biggert 58%
Michael Bilirakis 68%
Jeff Bingaman 30%
Tim Bishop 23%

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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