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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 57.8%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 63.3%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 73.7%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 67.5%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 77%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 75.7%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 6.8%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 26.2%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 15.2%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 44.8%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 16.5%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 6.8%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 47.2%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 15.8%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 14.7%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 82.7%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 74.2%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 22.7%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 25.8%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 6.8%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 6.8%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 23.8%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 15.2%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 12%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 6.8%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 23.8%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 96.3%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 40.3%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 37.7%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 10.8%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 18.5%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15.2%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 37.8%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 69%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 15.3%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 62%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 13.5%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 14.7%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 58.7%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 78.3%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 32%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 16.7%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 18%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 22.7%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 12%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 82.3%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 18%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 95.8%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 82.7%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 70.2%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 14.3%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 30.8%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 15.7%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 23.8%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 44.5%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 74.3%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 26.7%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 15%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 19.3%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 70.2%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 67.8%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 85.3%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 23.7%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 76.5%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 87.3%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 10%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 9.3%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 9.3%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 26%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 14.3%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 13.8%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 33.2%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 25%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 25.8%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 15%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 51%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 16.8%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 79.5%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 35%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 6.8%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 48%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 39.5%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9.3%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 92%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 15.8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 11%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 70.5%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 78.7%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 17.5%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 37%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 92.7%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88.2%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 21.7%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 12.5%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 96.3%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 91.2%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 61.2%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 91.8%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 17.8%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 52.7%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 25.2%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 21.8%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 19.5%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 32.7%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 14.3%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 60.3%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 21.2%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 6.8%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 14.7%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 23.7%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 16.5%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 29.3%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 25.2%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 31.7%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 24.2%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 67.7%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 90.2%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 85.8%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 25.3%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 69.3%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 30.2%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 90.7%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 79.2%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 78.8%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 23.2%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 68.3%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 11.3%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 34.5%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 20.7%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 11.2%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 8.5%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 19.7%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 24%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 84.5%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 84.8%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20.8%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 88.8%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 78.5%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 86%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 46.8%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 23.2%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 83.5%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 81.7%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 86.8%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 20.7%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 76.2%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 81.8%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 90.7%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 9.3%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 94.3%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 48%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 14.7%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 88.2%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 22.3%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 90.3%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 72.7%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 17.8%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 17.7%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 17.7%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 25%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 7.3%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 19%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 26.5%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy Rodgers Republican 77.3%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 28%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 22.2%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 9.3%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 36.3%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 13.3%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 81.7%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 60.8%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 93.2%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 93.2%
Neil Abercrombie 18%
Gary Ackerman 19.5%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 13.2%
Todd Akin 96.8%
Rodney Alexander 72.2%
Wayne Allard 91.3%
Thomas Allen 33.3%
Jason Altmire 50%
Michael Arcuri 42.2%
Joe Baca, Sr. 35.3%
Michele Bachmann 89.7%
Spencer Bachus 71.3%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 80.3%
Brian Baird 39.5%
J. Gresham Barrett 97%
John Barrow 51.8%
Roscoe Bartlett 69.2%
Joe Barton 88.3%
Max Baucus 31.7%
Evan Bayh 52.7%

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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