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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 96%
James DeMint 95%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 94%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 94%
Randy Neugebauer 94%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 94%
John Shadegg 94%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 94%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 93%
Jim Bunning 93%
Thomas Coburn 93%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 93%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 93%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 93%
Todd Akin 93%
Jeff Miller 92%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 92%
John Boehner 92%
John Linder 92%
George Radanovich 92%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 91%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 91%
Jason Chaffetz 91%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 91%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 91%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 91%
Lynn Westmoreland 91%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 91%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 90%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 90%
Michele Bachmann 90%
John Ensign 90%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 90%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 89%
Wally Herger, Jr. 89%
John Kline 89%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 89%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 89%
Cynthia Lummis 89%
Sue Myrick 89%
Eric Cantor 88%
Joe Pitts 88%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 88%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 88%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 88%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 88%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 87%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 87%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 87%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 87%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price Republican 87%
Dan Burton 87%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 87%
Phil Gingrey 86%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 86%
J. Gresham Barrett 86%
Paul Broun 86%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 86%
Duncan Hunter 86%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 86%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 86%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 86%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 85%
Todd Tiahrt 85%
Scott Garrett 85%
Connie Mack IV 85%
John Fleming, Jr. 85%
Jon Kyl 85%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 85%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 85%
John Mica 85%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 85%
David Vitter 85%
Saxby Chambliss 85%
Don Manzullo 85%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 85%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 84%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 84%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 84%
David Dreier 84%
Randy Forbes 84%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 84%
Jack Kingston 84%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 84%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 84%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 84%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 84%
Doc Hastings 84%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 84%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 84%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 83%
Gary Miller 83%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 83%
Henry Brown, Jr. 82%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 82%
Rodney Alexander 82%
Howard Coble 82%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 82%
Steve Buyer 81%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 81%
Elton Gallegly 81%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 81%
Ralph Hall 80%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 80%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 80%
Jerry Lewis 80%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 80%
Buck McKeon 80%
Bob Bennett 80%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 79%
Dan Lungren 79%
Mike Johanns 79%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Dean Heller Republican 79%
Mark Souder 78%
Brian Bilbray 78%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 78%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 78%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 78%
John Campbell III 78%
Denny Rehberg 78%
Cliff Stearns 78%
Roscoe Bartlett 77%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 77%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 77%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 77%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 77%
Mike Rogers 77%
Jean Schmidt 77%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 77%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 77%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 77%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 77%
Steve Austria 76%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 76%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 76%
Geoff Davis 76%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 76%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 75%
Tom Latham 75%
Adam Putnam 75%
Aaron Schock 75%
Spencer Bachus 75%
Lee Terry 75%
Bill Young 74%
Pete Hoekstra 74%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 74%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 74%
Frank Wolf 74%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 73%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 73%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 73%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 73%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 73%
Mary Bono Mack 72%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 72%
Dave Camp 71%
Chris Lee 71%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 71%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 70%
Ron Paul 70%
Ander Crenshaw 70%
Zach Wamp 70%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 70%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 69%
Tom Petri 69%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 69%
Thaddeus McCotter 68%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 68%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 68%
Ed Whitfield 68%
Kit Bond 68%
Ginny Brown-Waite 67%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 67%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 66%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 66%
Melquiades Martinez 66%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 66%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 66%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 66%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 66%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 66%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 65%
Jim Gerlach 65%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 65%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 65%
Todd Platts 65%
Jo Ann Emerson 65%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 65%
Judd Gregg 64%
Candice Miller 64%

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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