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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2013 Conservative on Social Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 74%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 63%
Rodney Alexander 67%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 47%
NV U.S. House 2 Mark Amodei Republican 54%
Rob Andrews 13%
Kelly Ayotte 61%
Michele Bachmann 87%
Spencer Bachus 50%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
Ron Barber 43%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 54%
KY U.S. House 6 Andy Barr Republican 62%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 92%
John Barrow 46%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 87%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 0%
Max Baucus 49%
OH U.S. House 3 Joyce Beatty Democratic 24%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 15%
Mark Begich 47%
Dan Benishek 59%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 34%
Kerry Bentivolio 57%
CA U.S. House 7 Ami Bera Democratic 42%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 87%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 84%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 28%
Tim Bishop 32%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 87%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 84%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 7%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 64%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 87%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 92%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 67%
Barbara Boxer 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 74%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 7%
Bruce Braley 32%
OK U.S. House 1 Jim Bridenstine Republican 67%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 87%
IN U.S. House 5 Susan Brooks Republican 74%
Paul Broun 57%
Corrine Brown 13%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 28%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 74%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 74%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 87%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 79%
IL U.S. House 17 Cheri Bustos Democratic 41%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 24%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 62%
Dave Camp 74%
Eric Cantor 87%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 0%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 54%
Lois Capps 32%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 24%
CA U.S. House 29 Tony Cárdenas Democratic 28%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 32%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 74%
PA U.S. House 17 Matt Cartwright Democratic 13%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 37%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 87%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 39%
TX U.S. House 20 Joaquin Castro Democratic 28%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 87%
Jason Chaffetz 74%
Saxby Chambliss 72%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 0%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 32%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 13%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 32%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 24%
Dan Coats 84%
Howard Coble 70%
Thomas Coburn 82%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 87%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 62%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 0%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 54%
NY U.S. House 27 Chris Collins Republican 62%
GA U.S. House 9 Doug Collins Republican 87%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 54%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 74%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 32%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 54%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 29%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 41%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 62%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 89%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 42%
AR U.S. Senate Jr Tom Cotton Republican 67%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 21%
Mo Cowan 0%
ND U.S. House At-Large Kevin Cramer Republican 62%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 77%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 87%
Ander Crenshaw 71%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 21%
TX U.S. Senate Jr Ted Cruz Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 45%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 62%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 7%
MT U.S. Senate Jr Steve Daines Republican 62%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 35%
IL U.S. House 13 Rodney Davis Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 7%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 28%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 6 John Delaney Democratic 16%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 7%
WA U.S. House 1 Suzan DelBene Democratic 28%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 54%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 54%
FL U.S. House 6 Ron DeSantis Republican 74%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 87%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 28%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 53%
John Dingell 31%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 16%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 52%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 7%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Duckworth Democratic 32%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 54%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 74%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 62%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
Donna Edwards 0%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 0%
Renee Ellmers 74%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 21%
Bill Enyart 40%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 16%
CT U.S. House 5 Elizabeth Esty Democratic 24%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 67%
Sam Farr 0%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 7%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 0%
Stephen Fincher 87%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Deb Fischer Republican 74%
Mike Fitzpatrick 48%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 59%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 87%
John Fleming, Jr. 84%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 74%
Randy Forbes 74%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 62%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 16%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 74%
FL U.S. House 21 Lois Frankel Democratic 16%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 0%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 84%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 50%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 35%
HI U.S. House 2 Tulsi Gabbard Democratic 36%
Pete Gallego 44%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 39%
Joe Garcia 45%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 62%
Scott Garrett 74%
Jim Gerlach 50%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 74%
Chris Gibson 46%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 0%
Phil Gingrey 87%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 87%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 84%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 84%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 67%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 70%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 92%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 74%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 87%
Alan Grayson 28%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 15%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 41%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 87%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 57%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 0%
Michael Grimm 45%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 74%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 16%
Kay Hagan 48%
Janice Hahn 16%
Ralph Hall 74%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 16%
Richard Hanna 46%
Tom Harkin 0%

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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