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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Public Interest Research Group

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 10%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 19%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 14%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 5%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 48%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 10%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 86%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 76%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 95%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 71%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 19%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 5%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 62%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 90%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 5%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 95%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 14%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 86%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 5%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 10%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 33%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 76%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 0%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 81%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 5%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 5%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 14%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 10%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 24%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 33%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 81%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 76%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 62%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 81%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 10%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 19%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 10%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 81%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 90%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 43%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 5%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 86%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 10%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 81%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 5%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 95%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 19%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 14%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 76%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 10%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 48%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 52%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 86%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 95%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 86%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 19%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 14%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 10%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 86%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 0%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 24%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 5%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 10%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 86%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 81%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 81%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 0%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 90%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 95%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 62%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 19%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 18%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 71%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 67%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 71%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 62%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 81%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 10%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 71%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 5%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 71%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 5%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 86%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 86%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 86%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 86%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 76%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 86%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 19%

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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