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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 13%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 18%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 33%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 25%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 42%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 21%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 38%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 33%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 50%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 50%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 17%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 21%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 33%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 29%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 8%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 58%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 29%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 18%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 17%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 38%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 38%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 42%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 38%
IL Board Member At-Large David Phelps 29%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 25%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 24%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 50%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 18%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 13%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 33%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 42%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 25%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 21%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 33%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 53%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 25%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 58%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 38%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 29%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 25%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 25%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 17%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 29%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 29%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 38%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 46%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 33%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 29%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 59%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 21%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 42%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 46%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 38%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 38%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 33%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 42%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 38%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 71%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 25%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 41%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 24%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 33%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 65%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 33%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 46%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 63%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 63%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 17%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 71%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 33%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 42%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 21%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 71%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 50%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 35%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 29%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 54%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 46%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 50%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 83%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 54%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 24%
Neil Abercrombie 38%
Gary Ackerman 25%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 53%
Wayne Allard 18%
Thomas Allen 29%
Rob Andrews 54%
Richard Armey 38%
Joe Baca, Sr. 8%
Spencer Bachus 17%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 18%
Brian Baird 29%
Richard Hugh Baker 25%
Cass Ballenger 29%
James Barcia 25%
Bob Barr, Jr. 50%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
Joe Barton 33%
Charlie Bass 50%
Max Baucus 41%
Evan Bayh 59%
Bob Bennett 18%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 21%
Douglas Bereuter 46%
Shelley Berkley 33%
Howard Berman 29%
Marion Berry 21%
Joe Biden, Jr. 76%
Judy Biggert 38%
Michael Bilirakis 25%
Jeff Bingaman 41%
Rod Blagojevich 33%
Sherwood Boehlert 25%
John Boehner 25%
Kit Bond 24%
Henry Bonilla 21%
David Edward Bonior 38%
Mary Bono Mack 33%
Robert Borski, Jr. 17%
Leonard Boswell 17%
Rick Boucher 21%
Barbara Boxer 65%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 21%
Bob Brady 17%
John Breaux 35%
Corrine Brown 21%
Sam Brownback 29%
Ed Bryant 38%
Jim Bunning 12%
Dan Burton 46%
Steve Buyer 17%
Robert Byrd 65%
Herbert Callahan 13%
Dave Camp 29%
Ben Campbell 18%
Chris Cannon 50%
Lois Capps 38%
Mike Capuano 42%
Julia Carson 29%
Mike Castle 54%
Lincoln Chafee 76%
Saxby Chambliss 38%
Eva Clayton 21%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 59%
Robert Clement 13%
Howard Coble 50%
Thad Cochran 29%
Michael Collins 50%
Larry Combest 42%
Gary Condit 29%
Kent Conrad 41%
John Conyers, Jr. 42%
John Cooksey 25%
Jerry Costello 29%
Christopher Cox 71%
William Coyne 25%
Larry Craig 18%
Robert Cramer 8%
Philip Crane 46%
Joe Crowley 29%
Barbara Cubin 25%
Randall Cunningham 46%
Thomas Daschle 35%
James Davis 25%
Thomas Davis III 46%
Nathan Deal 54%
Bill Delahunt 46%
Thomas DeLay 50%
James DeMint 42%
Peter Deutsch 46%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 29%
Norm Dicks 21%
John Dingell 25%
Chris Dodd 53%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 18%
Calvin Dooley 13%
John Doolittle 17%
Byron Dorgan 53%
David Dreier 21%

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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