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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Conservative Composite Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 59%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 32%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 56%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 77%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 84%
AL U.S. House 2 Martha Roby Republican 81%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 63%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 79%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 70%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 61%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 36%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 49%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 79%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 75%
AR U.S. House 2 Tim Griffin Republican 78%
AR U.S. House 3 Steve Womack Republican 79%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 81%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 79%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 7%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 80%
AZ U.S. House 6 David Schweikert Republican 81%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 22%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 76%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 20%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 59%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 81%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 41%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 75%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 89%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 70%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 87%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 73%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 53%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 23%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 55%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 75%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 28%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 28%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 31%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 12%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 23%
CO U.S. House 3 Scott Tipton Republican 84%
CO U.S. House 4 Cory Gardner Republican 85%
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 34%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 31%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 24%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 15%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 30%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 11%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 25%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 30%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 23%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 35%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 37%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 83%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 94%
FL U.S. House 2 Steve Southerland Republican 85%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 69%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 26%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 82%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 77%
FL U.S. House 10 Daniel Webster Republican 82%
FL U.S. House 11 Rich Nugent Republican 76%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 74%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 26%
FL U.S. House 15 Dennis Ross Republican 94%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 66%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 90%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 17%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 24%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 22%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 13%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 54%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 54%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 77%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 74%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 67%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 94%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 17%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 9%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 94%
GA U.S. House 7 Rob Woodall Republican 60%
GA U.S. House 8 Austin Scott Republican 77%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 62%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 94%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 43%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 30%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 67%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 9%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 17%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 79%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 15%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 19%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 29%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 66%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 80%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 91%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 89%
ID U.S. House 1 Raúl Labrador Republican 63%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 71%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 14%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 60%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 40%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 16%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 25%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 79%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 10%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 11%
IL U.S. House 14 Randy Hultgren Republican 75%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 60%
IL U.S. House 16 Adam Kinzinger Republican 58%
IL U.S. House 18 Aaron Schock Republican 62%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 77%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 43%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 22%
IN U.S. House 3 Marlin Stutzman Republican 89%
IN U.S. House 4 Todd Rokita Republican 74%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 18%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 81%
IN U.S. House 9 Todd Young Republican 80%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 91%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 76%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 75%
KS U.S. House 1 Tim Huelskamp Republican 80%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 86%
KS U.S. House 3 Kevin Yoder Republican 84%
KS U.S. House 4 Mike Pompeo Republican 91%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 86%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 74%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 56%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 72%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 20%
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 89%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 92%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 21%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 77%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 80%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 68%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 11%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 14%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 9%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 25%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 9%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 7%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 27%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 28%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 15%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 17%
MD U.S. House 1 Andy Harris Republican 67%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 36%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 15%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 7%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 29%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 15%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 26%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 54%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 13%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 28%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 41%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 24%
MI U.S. House 1 Dan Benishek Republican 77%
MI U.S. House 2 Bill Huizenga Republican 84%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 46%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 69%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 55%
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 85%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 81%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 28%

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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