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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Conservative on Economic Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 0%
Gary Ackerman 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 74%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 97%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 68%
Rodney Alexander 81%
Wayne Allard 92%
Thomas Allen 25%
Jason Altmire 45%
Rob Andrews 23%
Michael Arcuri 35%
Joe Baca, Sr. 25%
Michele Bachmann 93%
Spencer Bachus 75%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 72%
Brian Baird 43%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 96%
J. Gresham Barrett 98%
John Barrow 53%
Roscoe Bartlett 78%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 83%
Max Baucus 42%
Evan Bayh 52%
Melissa Bean 50%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
Bob Bennett 66%
Shelley Berkley 37%
Howard Berman 22%
Marion Berry 52%
Joe Biden, Jr. 0%
Judy Biggert 68%
Brian Bilbray 65%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 69%
Jeff Bingaman 13%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 85%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 20%
Tim Bishop 25%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 94%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 20%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 97%
John Boehner 98%
Kit Bond 74%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 83%
Mary Bono Mack 65%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 74%
Dan Boren 54%
Leonard Boswell 35%
Rick Boucher 45%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 71%
Barbara Boxer 0%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 52%
Nancy Boyda 50%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 92%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
Bruce Braley 41%
Paul Broun 98%
Corrine Brown 20%
Henry Brown, Jr. 75%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 36%
Sam Brownback 81%
Ginny Brown-Waite 63%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 59%
Jim Bunning 89%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 79%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 93%
Dan Burton 89%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 24%
Steve Buyer 73%
Robert Byrd 33%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 78%
Dave Camp 75%
John Campbell III 92%
Chris Cannon 97%
Eric Cantor 91%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 39%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 57%
Lois Capps 25%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 15%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 13%
Dennis Cardoza 40%
Russ Carnahan 25%
Christopher Carney 41%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 48%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 95%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 0%
Mike Castle 55%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 0%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 45%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 72%
Saxby Chambliss 79%
Ben Chandler III 41%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 23%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 25%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 0%
Hillary Clinton 11%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
Howard Coble 86%
Thomas Coburn 94%
Thad Cochran 67%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 33%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 86%
Norm Coleman 55%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 53%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 95%
Kent Conrad 32%
John Conyers, Jr. 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 49%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 75%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 48%
Jerry Costello 22%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 25%
Larry Craig 76%
Robert Cramer 40%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 79%
Ander Crenshaw 83%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 34%
Barbara Cubin 94%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 90%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Artur Davis 41%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
David Davis 82%
Geoff Davis 89%
Lincoln Davis 46%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 15%
Thomas Davis III 64%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 86%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 44%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 39%
Bill Delahunt 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15%
James DeMint 95%
Charlie Dent 59%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 55%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 56%
Norm Dicks 31%
John Dingell 25%
Chris Dodd 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 32%
Elizabeth Dole 56%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 61%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 50%
John Doolittle 94%
Byron Dorgan 46%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 0%
Thelma Drake 74%
David Dreier 81%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 71%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 13%
Chet Edwards 47%
Vern Ehlers 61%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 0%
Brad Ellsworth 50%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 19%
Jo Ann Emerson 62%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
Philip English 58%
John Ensign 96%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 25%
Bob Etheridge 29%
Terry Everett 90%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 80%
Sam Farr 29%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 0%
Tom Feeney 88%
Russ Feingold 40%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 0%
Michael Ferguson 66%
Bob Filner 36%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 98%
Randy Forbes 69%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 65%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 67%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 48%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 95%
Barney Frank 0%
Trent Franks 98%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 66%
Elton Gallegly 73%
Scott Garrett 90%
Jim Gerlach 58%
Gabrielle Giffords 48%
Wayne Gilchrest 52%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 45%
Phil Gingrey 91%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 81%
Charlie Gonzalez 45%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 68%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 73%
Bart Gordon 24%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 86%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 65%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 66%

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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