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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Maryland Business for Responsive Government

2003 "U.S. Congressional Business Ratings"

State Office District Name Party Rating
Richard Pombo 98%
Earl Pomeroy 41%
Jon Porter, Sr. 99%
Deborah Pryce 100%
Mark Pryor 35%
Adam Putnam 98%
George Radanovich 99%
Nick Rahall II 19%
James Ramstad 84%
Charlie Rangel 12%
Ralph Regula 99%
Denny Rehberg 97%
Harry Reid 10%
Richard Renzi 96%
Silvestre Reyes 32%
Thomas Reynolds 97%
Jay Rockefeller IV 10%
Mike Rogers 100%
Mike Ross 33%
Steve Rothman 18%
Jim Ryun 95%
Martin Olav Sabo 8%
Loretta Sanchez 18%
Rick Santorum 99%
Paul Sarbanes 7%
Jim Saxton 75%
Jeff Sessions III 100%
John Shadegg 92%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 94%
Christopher Shays 74%
Donald Sherwood 97%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 85%
Ike Skelton 44%
Louise Slaughter 9%
Gordon Smith 91%
Olympia Snowe 47%
Vic Snyder 27%
Mark Souder 100%
Arlen Specter 78%
John Spratt, Jr. 11%
Pete Stark 6%
Cliff Stearns 96%
Ted Stevens 86%
Ted Strickland 14%
Bart Stupak 13%
John Sullivan 100%
John Sununu 84%
John Sweeney 77%
James Talent 100%
Tom Tancredo 82%
John Tanner 47%
Ellen Tauscher 19%
Charles Taylor 90%
Gene Taylor 35%
Lee Terry 93%
Craig Thomas 100%
William Thomas 100%
Todd Tiahrt 95%
Pat Tiberi 100%
John Tierney 8%
Ed Towns 17%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 9%
Mark Udall 18%
George Voinovich 99%
James Walsh 94%
Zach Wamp 92%
John Warner 100%
Diane Watson 12%
Mel Watt 7%
Henry Waxman 18%
Anthony Weiner 15%
David Weldon 97%
W. Curtis Weldon 91%
Gerald Weller 98%
Robert Wexler 9%
Ed Whitfield 97%
Heather Wilson 97%
Frank Wolf 93%
Lynn Woolsey 3%
David Wu 17%
Albert Wynn 26%
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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