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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2011 Conservative Composite Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 27%
Sandy Adams 87%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 14%
Todd Akin 75%
Rodney Alexander 65%
Jason Altmire 44%
Rob Andrews 27%
Steve Austria 79%
Kelly Ayotte 81%
Joe Baca, Sr. 35%
Michele Bachmann 77%
Spencer Bachus 61%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 75%
John Barrow 43%
Roscoe Bartlett 55%
Charlie Bass 47%
Max Baucus 36%
Mark Begich 32%
Dan Benishek 77%
Rick Berg 68%
Shelley Berkley 35%
Howard Berman 15%
Judy Biggert 54%
Brian Bilbray 54%
Jeff Bingaman 26%
Tim Bishop 26%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 71%
Mary Bono Mack 64%
Dan Boren 46%
Leonard Boswell 38%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 77%
Barbara Boxer 15%
Bruce Braley 19%
Paul Broun 62%
Corrine Brown 26%
Scott Brown 55%
Ann Marie Buerkle 91%
Dan Burton 87%
Dave Camp 69%
John Campbell III 53%
Francisco Canseco 83%
Eric Cantor 80%
Lois Capps 19%
Dennis Cardoza 41%
Russ Carnahan 30%
Saxby Chambliss 77%
Ben Chandler III 42%
Hansen Clarke 7%
Dan Coats 77%
Howard Coble 65%
Thomas Coburn 96%
Kent Conrad 31%
Jerry Costello 40%
Chip Cravaack 64%
Ander Crenshaw 69%
Mark Critz 40%
Geoff Davis 64%
James DeMint 86%
Norm Dicks 29%
John Dingell 35%
Bob Dold 47%
David Dreier 63%
Donna Edwards 7%
Renee Ellmers 91%
Jo Ann Emerson 56%
Sam Farr 16%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 20%
Bob Filner 7%
Stephen Fincher 94%
Mike Fitzpatrick 48%
John Fleming, Jr. 80%
Randy Forbes 75%
Barney Frank 9%
Elton Gallegly 74%
Scott Garrett 69%
Jim Gerlach 56%
Chris Gibson 49%
Phil Gingrey 94%
Charlie Gonzalez 33%
Michael Grimm 50%
Frank Guinta 87%
Kay Hagan 29%
Ralph Hall 80%
Richard Hanna 47%
Tom Harkin 15%
Doc Hastings 78%
Nan Hayworth 53%
Joe Heck, Jr. 54%
Wally Herger, Jr. 86%
Maurice Hinchey 15%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 29%
Thomas Holden 43%
Rush Holt, Jr. 11%
Mike Honda 7%
Tim Huelskamp 80%
Robert Hurt 86%
Daniel Inouye 26%
Steve Israel 31%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 7%
Mike Johanns 65%
Timothy Johnson 27%
Tim Johnson 46%
John Kerry 25%
Dale Kildee 25%
Jack Kingston 67%
Mark Kirk 60%
Larry Kissell 41%
John Kline 82%
Herb Kohl 30%
Dennis Kucinich 11%
Jon Kyl 80%
Mary Landrieu 39%
Tom Latham 66%
Steve LaTourette 46%
Frank Lautenberg 19%
Carl Levin 41%
Jerry Lewis 68%
Joe Lieberman 42%
Dick Lugar 68%
Cynthia Lummis 74%
Dan Lungren 74%
Connie Mack IV 62%
Don Manzullo 74%
Jim Matheson 46%
Carolyn McCarthy 34%
Thaddeus McCotter 69%
Jim McDermott 14%
Mike McIntyre 44%
Buck McKeon 70%
John Mica 82%
Mike Michaud 28%
Barbara Mikulski 15%
Candice Miller 67%
Gary Miller 87%
George Miller 10%
Jeff Miller 94%
Brad Miller 29%
Jim Moran, Jr. 24%
Sue Myrick 80%
Ben Nelson 51%
Randy Neugebauer 85%
Rich Nugent 76%
Alan Nunnelee 83%
John Olver 7%
Bill Owens 40%
Ed Pastor 22%
Ron Paul 46%
Donald Payne 7%
Tom Petri 55%
Joe Pitts 86%
Todd Platts 52%
Mike Pompeo 91%
Mark Pryor 49%
Ben Quayle 94%
Nick Rahall II 41%
Charlie Rangel 10%
Denny Rehberg 57%
Harry Reid 22%
Silvestre Reyes 36%
Reid Ribble 80%
Laura Richardson 23%
Scott Rigell 61%
David Rivera 69%
Jay Rockefeller IV 17%
Mike Rogers 81%
Mike Ross 46%
Steve Rothman 28%
Jon Runyan 62%
Loretta Sanchez 23%
Bobby Schilling 61%
Jean Schmidt 82%
Aaron Schock 62%
Allyson Schwartz 30%
Heath Shuler 41%
Olympia Snowe 55%
Steve Southerland 85%
Pete Stark 7%
Cliff Stearns 67%
Marlin Stutzman 89%
John Sullivan 68%
Betty Sutton 20%
Lee Terry 77%
John Tierney 9%
Ed Towns 10%
Mark Udall 28%
David Vitter 89%
Joe Walsh 67%
Mel Watt 12%
Henry Waxman 10%
Jim Webb, Jr. 35%
Allen West 63%
Lynn Westmoreland 94%
Ed Whitfield 56%
Frank Wolf 53%
Lynn Woolsey 7%
David Wu 26%
Bill Young 59%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 10%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 14%

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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