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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2010 Conservative Composite Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 25%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 90%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 73%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 77%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 85%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 73%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 52%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 84%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 14%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 28%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 87%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 43%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 45%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 18%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 31%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 84%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 80%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 49%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 68%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 16%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 88%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 39%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 17%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 17%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 29%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 22%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 28%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 28%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 82%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 62%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 35%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 24%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 3%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 89%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 42%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 25%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 86%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 68%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 86%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 90%
Gary Ackerman 27%
John Adler 53%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 23%
Todd Akin 89%
Rodney Alexander 83%
Jason Altmire 54%
Rob Andrews 27%
Michael Arcuri 48%
Steve Austria 81%
Joe Baca, Sr. 37%
Michele Bachmann 92%
Spencer Bachus 76%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 85%
Brian Baird 41%
John Barrow 51%
Roscoe Bartlett 74%
Max Baucus 52%
Melissa Bean 49%
Mark Begich 35%
Bob Bennett 66%
Shelley Berkley 33%
Howard Berman 19%
Marion Berry 46%
Judy Biggert 63%
Brian Bilbray 67%
Jeff Bingaman 24%
Tim Bishop 27%
John Boehner 94%
Kit Bond 73%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 81%
Mary Bono Mack 67%
Dan Boren 56%
Leonard Boswell 33%
Rick Boucher 55%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 82%
Barbara Boxer 33%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 47%
Bruce Braley 19%
Bobby Bright 60%
Paul Broun 92%
Corrine Brown 25%
Henry Brown, Jr. 79%
Scott Brown 65%
Ginny Brown-Waite 71%
Jim Bunning 86%
Dan Burton 86%
Steve Buyer 74%
Dave Camp 79%
John Campbell III 77%
Eric Cantor 82%
Joseph Cao 57%
Lois Capps 12%
Dennis Cardoza 38%
Russ Carnahan 33%
Christopher Carney 54%
Mike Castle 59%
Jason Chaffetz 76%
Saxby Chambliss 90%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Travis Childers 59%
Howard Coble 85%
Thomas Coburn 87%
Kent Conrad 28%
Jerry Costello 51%
Ander Crenshaw 73%
Mark Critz 55%
Kathy Dahlkemper 50%
Artur Davis 42%
Geoff Davis 83%
Lincoln Davis 50%
Bill Delahunt 14%
James DeMint 90%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 62%
Norm Dicks 31%
John Dingell 21%
Charles Djou 58%
Chris Dodd 26%
Byron Dorgan 24%
David Dreier 80%
Steve Driehaus 45%
Donna Edwards 15%
Chet Edwards 51%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Brad Ellsworth 49%
Jo Ann Emerson 76%
John Ensign 78%
Bob Etheridge 39%
Sam Farr 10%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 15%
Russ Feingold 34%
Bob Filner 22%
John Fleming, Jr. 90%
Randy Forbes 83%
Barney Frank 7%
Elton Gallegly 79%
Scott Garrett 92%
Jim Gerlach 69%
Gabrielle Giffords 53%
Phil Gingrey 90%
Charlie Gonzalez 32%
Bart Gordon 38%
Alan Grayson 29%
Judd Gregg 65%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 77%
Kay Hagan 40%
John Hall 23%
Ralph Hall 82%
Debbie Halvorson 48%
Phil Hare 28%
Tom Harkin 24%
Jane Harman 18%
Doc Hastings 84%
Wally Herger, Jr. 94%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 53%
Baron Hill 48%
Maurice Hinchey 15%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 41%
Paul Hodes 42%
Thomas Holden 55%
Rush Holt, Jr. 7%
Mike Honda 9%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 77%
Daniel Inouye 23%
Steve Israel 28%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 21%
Mike Johanns 71%
Timothy Johnson 23%
Tim Johnson 62%
Steve Kagen 24%
Paul Kanjorski 44%
Patrick Kennedy 17%
John Kerry 26%
Dale Kildee 25%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 28%
Mary Jo Kilroy 27%
Jack Kingston 81%
Mark Kirk 61%
Ann Kirkpatrick 51%
Larry Kissell 44%
Ron Klein 37%
John Kline 77%
Herb Kohl 34%

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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