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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2009 Constitutional Government Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Ron Gould 77%
Pamela Gorman 71%
Russell Pearce 71%
AZ State Senate 22 Judy Burges Republican 70%
AZ State Senate 6 Sylvia Allen Republican 68%
AZ U.S. House 5 Andy Biggs Republican 68%
Jack Harper 68%
Robert Burns 66%
Chuck Gray 66%
Carl Seel 66%
Thayer Verschoor 66%
AZ Council Member 2 Jim Waring 66%
Linda Gray 63%
Barbara Leff 63%
Steve Pierce 63%
Steve Court 61%
Laurin Hendrix 61%
AZ State Senate 23 John Kavanagh Republican 61%
AZ State Senate 21 Debbie Lesko Republican 61%
Nancy McLain 61%
AZ State Senate 13 Steve Montenegro Republican 61%
John Huppenthal 60%
Rick Murphy 60%
John Nelson 60%
Jonathan Paton 60%
David Gowan, Sr. 59%
Al Melvin 59%
Jim Weiers 59%
Vic Williams 59%
Kirk Adams 57%
Frank Antenori 57%
AZ State Senate 15 Nancy Barto Republican 57%
Sam Crump 57%
Adam Driggs 57%
Warde Nichols 57%
AZ State Senate 8 Frank Pratt Republican 57%
David Stevens 57%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jay Tibshraeny 57%
Tom Boone 56%
John McComish 56%
Doug Quelland 56%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jerry Weiers Republican 56%
AZ State Senate 17 Steven Yarbrough Republican 56%
Rich Crandall 55%
AZ Secretary of State Michele Reagan Republican 55%
Ray Barnes 54%
Doris Goodale 54%
Andy Tobin, Sr. 54%
Lucy Mason 53%
Cecil Ash 52%
Jack Brown 52%
Carolyn Allen 50%
Russ Jones 49%
Bill Konopnicki 48%
Debbie McCune Davis 46%
AZ U.S. House 9 Kyrsten Sinema Democratic 44%
AZ State Senate 3 Olivia Cajero Bedford Democratic 43%
Daniel Patterson 43%
Rae Waters 43%
Nancy Young Wright 43%
Cloves Campbell, Jr. 42%
Matthew Heinz 42%
Amanda Aguirre 41%
Manny Alvarez 41%
Martha Garcia 41%
AZ State Senate 27 Catherine Miranda Democratic 41%
Ken Cheuvront 40%
AZ State Senate 10 Dave Bradley Democratic 39%
Chad Campbell 39%
Barbara McGuire 39%
Eric Meyer 39%
AZ State Senate 30 Robert Meza Democratic 39%
Anna Tovar 39%
AZ State House 27 Rebecca Rios Democratic 38%
Meg Burton Cahill 36%
Paula Aboud 35%
Chris Deschene 35%
David Lujan 35%
Ed Ableser 34%
Phil Lopes 34%
Lynne Pancrazi 34%
AZ State Senate 9 Steve Farley Democratic 33%
Linda Lopez 33%
AZ Council Member At-Large David Schapira Democratic 33%
Albert Hale 31%
Leah Landrum Taylor 31%
Tom Chabin 30%
Pat Fleming 30%
Maria Garcia 29%

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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