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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2006 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 61.2%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 73.7%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 64.3%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 70.8%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 76.7%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 75%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 3.8%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 23.5%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 24.3%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 14.7%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 7.7%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 4.5%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 40.8%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 10.2%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 13.3%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 83.5%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 23.2%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 18.8%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 8.7%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 19.7%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 72%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 8.8%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 21.8%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 5%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 4%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 12.2%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 11.7%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 5.3%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 32.8%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 21.3%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 21.5%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 65.3%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 89.5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 45.2%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 8.7%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 36.8%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 77.3%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 77.7%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 83.7%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 72.8%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4.8%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 21.8%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 36%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 85.2%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 26.7%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 24.7%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 78.2%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 54.3%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 84.3%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 79.2%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 4.5%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 8.3%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 6.8%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 27.8%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 14.3%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 16.5%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 36.2%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 21.5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 17.3%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47.2%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 32%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 53.3%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 12.3%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 49%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 84%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 23.8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 24.8%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 84.3%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 88.5%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 33.3%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 81.7%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 70.2%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 30.8%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 24.2%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 85.2%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 88.7%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 73.5%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 17.3%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 49.2%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 13.3%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 18.8%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 14.3%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 25.5%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 66.2%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 27.5%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 9.5%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 5.8%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 23.7%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 10.8%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 19.3%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 13.5%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 30.8%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 28.5%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 66.5%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 31.5%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 72%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 27.2%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 89.3%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 85.3%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 78.7%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 14%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 68%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 13%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 23.8%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 24.5%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 8.7%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 29.7%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 70.8%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 92.8%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 23.5%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 83%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 71.5%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 92.3%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 36.3%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 90.8%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 77.7%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 26.7%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 70.8%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 79.5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 76.3%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 89.2%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 76.5%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 49%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 22.2%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 80.5%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 9.2%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 82.7%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 16.8%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 7.5%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 13.5%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 10.7%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 20.3%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 33.3%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy Rodgers Republican 88%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 29.8%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 19.2%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 10.2%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 29%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 9.2%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 56.3%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 67.8%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 89.5%
Neil Abercrombie 14.5%
Gary Ackerman 18%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16.5%
Todd Akin 90.8%
Rodney Alexander 82%
Wayne Allard 86.2%
Thomas Allen 20%
Rob Andrews 24.8%
Joe Baca, Sr. 30.7%
Spencer Bachus 86%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 66.3%
Brian Baird 30.7%
Richard Hugh Baker 89.2%
J. Gresham Barrett 83.2%
John Barrow 48.2%
Roscoe Bartlett 52.5%
Joe Barton 78.3%
Max Baucus 33.8%
Evan Bayh 26.7%
Melissa Bean 42.2%
Bob Bennett 64%
Shelley Berkley 28.7%
Howard Berman 14.2%
Marion Berry 39.7%
Joe Biden, Jr. 22.5%
Judy Biggert 55.8%
Jeff Bingaman 14.5%
Tim Bishop 16.5%
John Boehner 80%
Kit Bond 78.5%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 81.7%
Mary Bono Mack 60.5%
Dan Boren 50.8%
Leonard Boswell 40%
Rick Boucher 37%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 73.7%
Barbara Boxer 5%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 43.7%
Bob Brady 26.8%
Corrine Brown 25.3%
Henry Brown, Jr. 84.7%
Sam Brownback 70.3%
Ginny Brown-Waite 75.2%
Jim Bunning 91.8%
Dan Burton 87.2%
Steve Buyer 86.7%
Robert Byrd 29.5%
Dave Camp 75.5%
John Campbell III 80.5%
Chris Cannon 83.7%
Eric Cantor 82.5%
Lois Capps 12.3%

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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