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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Retire Safe

2003-2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Major Owens 7%
Michael Oxley 93%
Ed Pastor 7%
Ron Paul 43%
Donald Payne 14%
John Peterson 86%
Tom Petri 79%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 86%
Joe Pitts 100%
Todd Platts 93%
Richard Pombo 100%
Earl Pomeroy 43%
Jon Porter, Sr. 93%
Deborah Pryce 93%
Mark Pryor 0%
Adam Putnam 100%
George Radanovich 86%
Nick Rahall II 14%
James Ramstad 79%
Charlie Rangel 14%
Ralph Regula 93%
Denny Rehberg 93%
Harry Reid 0%
Richard Renzi 93%
Silvestre Reyes 21%
Thomas Reynolds 100%
Jay Rockefeller IV 0%
Mike Rogers 100%
Mike Ross 43%
Steve Rothman 14%
Jim Ryun 86%
Martin Olav Sabo 21%
Loretta Sanchez 14%
Rick Santorum 100%
Paul Sarbanes 0%
Jim Saxton 79%
John Shadegg 79%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 86%
Christopher Shays 71%
Donald Sherwood 86%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 86%
Ike Skelton 50%
Gordon Smith 89%
Olympia Snowe 78%
Vic Snyder 21%
Mark Souder 86%
Arlen Specter 78%
John Spratt, Jr. 7%
Pete Stark 7%
Cliff Stearns 100%
Ted Stevens 100%
Ted Strickland 7%
Bart Stupak 7%
John Sullivan 100%
John Sununu 89%
John Sweeney 79%
James Talent 89%
Tom Tancredo 79%
John Tanner 43%
Ellen Tauscher 21%
Charles Taylor 93%
Gene Taylor 43%
Lee Terry 100%
Craig Thomas 100%
William Thomas 93%
Todd Tiahrt 93%
John Tierney 0%
Ed Towns 21%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 7%
Mark Udall 14%
David Vitter 93%
George Voinovich 78%
James Walsh 79%
Zach Wamp 79%
John Warner 89%
Diane Watson 0%
Mel Watt 7%
Henry Waxman 14%
Anthony Weiner 7%
David Weldon 100%
W. Curtis Weldon 86%
Gerald Weller 93%
Robert Wexler 7%
Ed Whitfield 100%
Heather Wilson 79%
Frank Wolf 79%
Lynn Woolsey 7%
David Wu 29%
Albert Wynn 21%
Bill Young 71%

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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