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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2005 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 24%
Gary Ackerman 13%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 84%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 21%
Todd Akin 96%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 73%
Rodney Alexander 84%
Wayne Allard 91%
George Allen 86%
Thomas Allen 16%
Rob Andrews 27%
Joe Baca, Sr. 31%
Spencer Bachus 81%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 68%
Brian Baird 29%
Richard Hugh Baker 92%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 7%
J. Gresham Barrett 93%
John Barrow 44%
Roscoe Bartlett 53%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 86%
Charlie Bass 55%
Max Baucus 39%
Evan Bayh 29%
Melissa Bean 41%
Bob Beauprez 73%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 9%
Bob Bennett 85%
Shelley Berkley 32%
Howard Berman 19%
Marion Berry 43%
Joe Biden, Jr. 20%
Judy Biggert 51%
Michael Bilirakis 83%
Jeff Bingaman 34%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 83%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 42%
Tim Bishop 25%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 12%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 84%
Sherwood Boehlert 48%
John Boehner 84%
Kit Bond 77%
Henry Bonilla 85%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 86%
Mary Bono Mack 61%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 73%
Dan Boren 48%
Leonard Boswell 37%
Rick Boucher 36%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 76%
Barbara Boxer 6%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 42%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 61%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 90%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 23%
Corrine Brown 26%
Henry Brown, Jr. 87%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 16%
Sam Brownback 80%
Ginny Brown-Waite 67%
Jim Bunning 89%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 90%
Conrad Burns 73%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 74%
Dan Burton 92%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 32%
Steve Buyer 77%
Robert Byrd 35%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 87%
Dave Camp 75%
Chris Cannon 82%
Eric Cantor 88%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 23%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 59%
Lois Capps 13%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 12%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 23%
Dennis Cardoza 43%
Russ Carnahan 26%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 29%
Julia Carson 16%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 93%
Edward Case 41%
Mike Castle 47%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 90%
Lincoln Chafee 41%
Saxby Chambliss 87%
Ben Chandler III 42%
Chris Chocola 78%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 20%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 21%
Hillary Clinton 20%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 29%
Howard Coble 66%
Thomas Coburn 91%
Thad Cochran 83%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 84%
Norm Coleman 66%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 74%
Kent Conrad 40%
John Conyers, Jr. 9%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 40%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 81%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 41%
Jerry Costello 38%
Larry Craig 66%
Robert Cramer 50%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 76%
Ander Crenshaw 81%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 22%
Barbara Cubin 68%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 44%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 19%
Artur Davis 39%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 14%
Geoff Davis 81%
James Davis 31%
Jo Ann Davis 73%
Lincoln Davis 47%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 23%
Thomas Davis III 56%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 94%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 28%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 12%
Bill Delahunt 11%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15%
Thomas DeLay 87%
James DeMint 78%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 68%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 56%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 75%
Norm Dicks 31%
John Dingell 25%
Chris Dodd 20%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 18%
Elizabeth Dole 82%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 70%
John Doolittle 79%
Byron Dorgan 24%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 29%
Thelma Drake 93%
David Dreier 73%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 57%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 13%
Chet Edwards 42%
Vern Ehlers 49%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 27%
Jo Ann Emerson 60%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 25%
Philip English 65%
John Ensign 82%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 14%
Bob Etheridge 34%
Lane Evans 16%
Terry Everett 80%
Sam Farr 10%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 17%
Tom Feeney 76%
Russ Feingold 15%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 23%
Michael Ferguson 59%
Bob Filner 11%
Mike Fitzpatrick 55%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 50%
Mark Foley 63%
Randy Forbes 77%
Harold Ford, Jr. 42%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 77%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 70%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 91%
Barney Frank 9%
Trent Franks 96%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 64%
William Frist 82%
Elton Gallegly 83%
Scott Garrett 76%
Jim Gerlach 56%
Jim Gibbons 74%
Wayne Gilchrest 51%
Paul Gillmor 65%
Phil Gingrey 88%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 80%
Charlie Gonzalez 31%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 67%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 81%
Bart Gordon 43%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 64%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 74%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 75%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 73%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 20%
Mark Green 65%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 36%

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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