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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2007 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 64.7%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 64.2%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 78%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 81%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 73.2%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 73.3%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 10.8%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 24.2%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 29.8%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 15.7%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 40.5%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 22.3%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 85.2%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 80.8%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 27.8%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 21.7%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 9.2%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 7.8%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 79.8%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 15.7%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 30.5%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 10.7%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 8.3%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 11.7%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 93.3%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 32.5%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 32%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 19.2%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 26.8%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15.5%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 39.8%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 79.7%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 27.8%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 74.5%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 10.8%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 22.7%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 60.5%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 87.5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 38.3%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 7.7%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 16.7%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 29.5%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 12.7%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 77.2%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 18%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 91.2%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 84.5%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 66.8%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 16.2%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 17.2%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 45.3%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 17.5%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 5%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 77%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 27.7%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 29.2%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 80.3%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 65.3%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 86.5%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 30.3%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 83%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 15.5%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 12.7%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 5%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 27.7%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 19.8%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 12%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 36.8%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 14.7%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 20.8%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 22.5%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 52.8%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 17.2%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 58.7%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 79.3%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 22.7%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 13.8%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 48.2%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 35.7%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 6.8%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 83.8%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 15.8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 18%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 78.8%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 81.8%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 20.3%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 38.3%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 85.3%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92.2%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 32.8%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 9.3%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 92.3%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 89.7%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 75.7%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 86.5%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 7.2%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 55.5%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 11.3%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 19.7%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 16.5%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 20.2%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 17%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 41.3%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 72.2%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 16.7%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 10.3%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 11.3%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 22%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 16.7%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 10.3%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 32%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 23.7%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 82.5%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 88.3%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 29.8%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 68.2%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 29.7%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 86.7%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 81%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 85.2%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 23.2%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 63.5%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 16.3%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 32.5%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 28.8%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 24.8%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 16.5%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 5.7%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 18.8%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 77.3%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 90.7%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 19%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 82.7%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 74.5%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 92%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 45.3%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 24%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 91.2%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 88.8%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 77.7%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 12.8%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 82.2%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 92.8%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 71.5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 91.7%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 18.2%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 83.5%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 79.5%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 49.5%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 22.3%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 89.5%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 25.5%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 81%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 14.2%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 9.8%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 6.3%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 19%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 15.5%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 19.5%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 30%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy Rodgers Republican 73.2%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 33%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 19.3%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 5%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 36.5%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 5%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 78.8%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 61.8%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 90.8%
Neil Abercrombie 22.8%
Gary Ackerman 20.5%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 26.7%
Todd Akin 90%
Rodney Alexander 77.7%
Wayne Allard 92.5%
Thomas Allen 23.2%
Jason Altmire 48.7%
Rob Andrews 23.8%
Michael Arcuri 30.8%
Joe Baca, Sr. 23.3%
Michele Bachmann 89.2%
Spencer Bachus 82.3%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 75.2%
Brian Baird 36.2%
J. Gresham Barrett 92.3%
John Barrow 54.2%
Roscoe Bartlett 64.7%
Joe Barton 85.5%
Max Baucus 42.7%
Evan Bayh 37.8%
Melissa Bean 48.5%
Bob Bennett 74%
Shelley Berkley 38.2%
Howard Berman 13.7%

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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