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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Maryland Business for Responsive Government

2005 "U.S. Congressional Business Ratings"

State Office District Name Party Rating
Richard Renzi 95%
Silvestre Reyes 47%
Thomas Reynolds 93%
Jay Rockefeller IV 36%
Mike Rogers 95%
Dana Rohrabacher 88%
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 97%
Mike Ross 48%
Steve Rothman 26%
Ed Royce 88%
Paul Ryan 93%
John Salazar 50%
Ken Salazar 48%
Loretta Sanchez 37%
Jim Saxton 68%
Jean Schmidt 88%
Allyson Schwartz 20%
Jeff Sessions III 93%
Pete Sessions 96%
John Shadegg 92%
Christopher Shays 66%
Bill Shuster 96%
Ike Skelton 56%
Louise Slaughter 23%
Gordon Smith 79%
Lamar Smith 96%
Olympia Snowe 66%
Vic Snyder 32%
Mark Souder 100%
Arlen Specter 82%
John Spratt, Jr. 30%
Pete Stark 15%
Cliff Stearns 94%
Ted Stevens 100%
Bart Stupak 28%
John Sullivan 92%
John Sununu 73%
Tom Tancredo 87%
John Tanner 59%
Ellen Tauscher 30%
Gene Taylor 61%
Lee Terry 86%
Craig Thomas 94%
Todd Tiahrt 96%
Pat Tiberi 97%
John Tierney 13%
Ed Towns 46%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 21%
Mark Udall 22%
David Vitter 91%
George Voinovich 96%
James Walsh 88%
Zach Wamp 89%
John Warner 99%
Diane Watson 17%
Mel Watt 17%
Henry Waxman 18%
Anthony Weiner 17%
David Weldon 90%
Gerald Weller 96%
Lynn Westmoreland 92%
Robert Wexler 14%
Ed Whitfield 91%
Heather Wilson 98%
Frank Wolf 85%
Lynn Woolsey 16%
David Wu 31%
Albert Wynn 61%
Bill Young 92%

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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