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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: CNET News

2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Spencer Bachus 44%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 38%
Brian Baird 53%
Richard Hugh Baker 47%
J. Gresham Barrett 45%
John Barrow 25%
Roscoe Bartlett 42%
Charlie Bass 45%
Max Baucus 31%
Evan Bayh 55%
Melissa Bean 43%
Bob Beauprez 42%
Bob Bennett 43%
Shelley Berkley 53%
Howard Berman 63%
Marion Berry 32%
Joe Biden, Jr. 38%
Judy Biggert 47%
Brian Bilbray 67%
Michael Bilirakis 45%
Jeff Bingaman 38%
Tim Bishop 42%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
John Boehner 50%
Kit Bond 44%
Henry Bonilla 45%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 36%
Mary Bono Mack 45%
Dan Boren 38%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 50%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 25%
Barbara Boxer 31%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 50%
Corrine Brown 42%
Henry Brown, Jr. 43%
Ginny Brown-Waite 45%
Jim Bunning 60%
Conrad Burns 38%
Dan Burton 41%
Steve Buyer 50%
Robert Byrd 31%
Dave Camp 53%
John Campbell III 33%
Chris Cannon 61%
Eric Cantor 38%
Lois Capps 50%
Dennis Cardoza 42%
Russ Carnahan 50%
Julia Carson 39%
Edward Case 50%
Mike Castle 42%
Lincoln Chafee 40%
Saxby Chambliss 60%
Ben Chandler III 55%
Chris Chocola 42%
Hillary Clinton 33%
Howard Coble 45%
Thomas Coburn 50%
Norm Coleman 60%
Kent Conrad 38%
Jon Corzine 44%
Jerry Costello 32%
Larry Craig 56%
Robert Cramer 56%
Ander Crenshaw 44%
Barbara Cubin 47%
Artur Davis 55%
Geoff Davis 13%
James Davis 50%
Jo Ann Davis 36%
Lincoln Davis 55%
Thomas Davis III 55%
Bill Delahunt 53%
James DeMint 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 50%
Norm Dicks 53%
John Dingell 45%
Chris Dodd 33%
Elizabeth Dole 60%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 50%
John Doolittle 53%
Byron Dorgan 31%
Thelma Drake 25%
David Dreier 60%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 55%
Jo Ann Emerson 45%
Philip English 61%
John Ensign 67%
Bob Etheridge 55%
Lane Evans 39%
Terry Everett 42%
Sam Farr 58%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 38%
Tom Feeney 60%
Russ Feingold 38%
Michael Ferguson 46%
Bob Filner 58%
Mike Fitzpatrick 38%
Mark Foley 60%
Randy Forbes 47%
Harold Ford, Jr. 61%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 61%
Barney Frank 50%
William Frist 44%
Elton Gallegly 50%
Scott Garrett 36%
Jim Gerlach 50%
Jim Gibbons 65%
Wayne Gilchrest 47%
Paul Gillmor 47%
Phil Gingrey 36%
Charlie Gonzalez 63%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 35%
Bart Gordon 45%
Mark Green 56%
Judd Gregg 53%
Gilbert Gutknecht 55%
Charles Hagel 47%
Ralph Hall 42%
Tom Harkin 31%
Jane Harman 56%
Katherine Harris 50%
Melissa Hart 44%
Doc Hastings 63%
Robert Hayes 37%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 53%
Joel Hefley 42%
Wally Herger, Jr. 50%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 33%
Maurice Hinchey 41%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 62%
David Lee Hobson 47%
Pete Hoekstra 45%
Thomas Holden 50%
Rush Holt, Jr. 37%
Mike Honda 60%
Darlene Hooley 45%
John Nathan Hostettler 37%
Kenny Hulshof 58%
Duncan Hunter 25%
Henry Hyde 45%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 44%
Daniel Inouye 42%
Steve Israel 50%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 64%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 30%
William Jefferson 56%
James Merrill Jeffords 44%
William Lewis Jenkins 65%
Bobby Jindal 25%
Nancy Johnson 50%
Timothy Johnson 36%
Tim Johnson 50%
Paul Kanjorski 30%
Richard Keller 44%
Sue Kelly 50%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 40%
Mark Kennedy 50%
Patrick Kennedy 50%
John Kerry 15%
Dale Kildee 45%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 35%
Jack Kingston 53%
Mark Kirk 44%
John Kline 42%
Joseph Knollenberg 55%
Herb Kohl 38%
James Kolbe 55%
Dennis Kucinich 53%
John Kuhl, Jr. 38%
Jon Kyl 38%
Ray LaHood 40%
Mary Landrieu 60%
Tom Lantos 53%
Tom Latham 50%
Steve LaTourette 50%
Frank Lautenberg 17%
James Leach 50%
Carl Levin 38%
Jerry Lewis 50%
Ron Lewis 50%
Joe Lieberman 44%
Blanche Lincoln 55%
John Linder 47%
Trent Lott, Sr. 44%
Dick Lugar 38%
Dan Lungren 25%
Connie Mack IV 50%
Don Manzullo 50%
Jim Marshall 42%
Melquiades Martinez 50%
Jim Matheson 50%
Carolyn McCarthy 47%
Thaddeus McCotter 50%
James McCrery III 50%
Jim McDermott 58%
John McHugh 45%
Mike McIntyre 40%

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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