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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 65%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 34%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 74%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 88%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 89%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 69%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 80%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 75%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 48%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 84%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 84%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 81%
AZ U.S. House 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 55%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 17%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 21%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 94%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 24%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 23%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 93%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 47%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 22%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 46%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 23%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 26%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 86%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 79%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 78%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 28%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 77%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 86%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 19%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 34%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 32%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 17%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 24%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 94%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 83%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 33%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 41%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 31%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 18%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 29%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 16%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 34%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 27%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 38%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 70%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 21%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 85%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 85%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 37%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 77%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 7%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 73%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 77%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 9%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 14%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 70%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 68%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 75%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 85%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 86%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 84%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 39%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 91%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 22%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 87%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 86%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 86%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 53%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 34%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 87%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 15%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 26%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 74%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 17%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 18%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 22%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 75%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 93%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 86%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 91%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 67%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 15%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 61%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 23%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 48%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 10%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 26%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 76%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 11%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 5%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 76%
IL U.S. House 18 Aaron Schock Republican 75%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 56%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 25%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 10%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 93%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 87%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 84%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 75%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 80%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 90%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 68%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 78%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 26%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 78%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 39%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 85%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 88%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 84%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 85%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 68%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 12%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 23%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 14%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 15%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 23%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 11%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 33%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 15%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 12%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 33%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 10%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 10%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 17%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 14%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 19%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 60%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 19%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 42%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 16%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 22%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 71%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 61%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 77%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 22%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 64%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 33%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 25%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 43%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 89%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 69%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 10%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 90%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 55%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 40%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 77%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 20%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 84%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 12%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 82%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 73%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 77%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 22%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 85%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 39%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 14%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 89%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Janet Kay Hagan Democratic 39%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 21%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 66%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 11%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 91%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 82%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 57%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 92%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 79%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 66%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 75%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 91%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 23%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 33%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 19%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 65%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 62%

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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