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John Shimkus' Ratings and Endorsements

Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

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 issue 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.

With rare exceptions, Vote Smart displays interest group ratings as a 0-100 percentage. While many interest groups use percentages as ratings to begin with, please note that Vote Smart has translated some ratings to a percentage from a different rating system for consistency and ease in understanding. Please visit the group's website, email us at ratings@votesmart.org or call our Voter Information Hotline at 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

100%
2017-2018
86%
2015-2016
92%
2013-2014
94%
2011-2012
100%
2009-2010
100%
2009
100%
2007-2008
96%
2005-2006
97%
2003-2004
100%
2003
92%
2001-2002
85%
1999-2000
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
0%
2019
0%
2017
0%
2016
0%
2015
0%
2014
0%
2013
0%
2012
0%
2011
0%
2010
0%
2009
0%
2007
0%
2006
0%
2005
0%
2004
0%
2003
0%
2001
0%
2000
0%
1999
0%
1997
100%
2019
100%
2017-2018
100%
2015-2016
100%
2015
100%
2014
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013
100%
2011-2012
100%
2011
100%
2009-2010
100%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
95%
1999-2000
92%
1999
90%
1997-1998
100%
1997
100%
2017-2018
100%
2015-2016
75%
2013-2014
100%
2011-2012
100%
2009-2010
100%
2001
66%
2014
94%
2011
66%
2009-2010
61%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
100%
2000
100%
1999
29%
2020
15%
2018
20%
2017
29%
2015-2016
29%
2015-2016
30%
2015
11%
2014
11%
2013-2014
11%
2013-2014
17%
2013
29%
2011-2012
29%
2011-2012
23%
2007-2008
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
33%
2012
0%
2009-2010
0%
2009-2010
50
2007-2008
50
2007-2008
0%
2005-2006
0%
2005-2006
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003-2004
40%
2001-2002
40%
2001-2002
67%
1999-2000
67%
1999-2000
67%
1998
100%
1997
0%
2018
0%
2007
Fence Sitter
2002
Fence Sitter
2002
33%
2003
25%
2001-2002
0%
2005
0%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
6%
2015-2016
11%
2013-2014
11%
2013-2014
17%
2011-2012
17%
2011-2012
50%
2009-2010
50%
2009-2010
0%
2007-2008
0%
2005-2006
33%
2003
25%
2001-2002
25%
2001-2002
17%
2000
29%
2019-2020
29%
2019-2020
50
2007-2008
50
2007-2008
38%
2005-2006
38%
2005-2006
33%
2003
33%
2003
25%
2001-2002
25%
2001-2002
25%
2001-2002
25%
2001-2002
29%
2020
15%
2018
20%
2017
29%
2015-2016
29%
2015-2016
30%
2015
11%
2014
11%
2013-2014
11%
2013-2014
17%
2013
29%
2011-2012
29%
2011-2012
18%
2019
21%
2018
8%
2017
23%
2015-2016
22%
2015
17%
2013-2014
12%
2013
9%
2011-2012
13%
2011
20%
2009-2010
15%
2009
33%
2007-2008
50%
2007
42%
2005-2006
34%
2005
33%
2004
33%
2003
25%
2001-2002
13%
1999-2000
17%
1999
0%
1997
100%
2006
46%
2013
46%
2013
53%
2013
53%
2013
46%
2013
46%
2013
53%
2013
53%
2013
50%
2013
50%
2013
53%
2013
53%
2013
47%
2013
47%
2013
68%
2012
68%
2012
42%
2012
42%
2012
52%
2012
52%
2012
32%
2012
32%
2012
52%
2012
52%
2012
48%
2012
48%
2012
46%
2012
46%
2012
58%
2012
58%
2012
49%
2011
49%
2011
70%
2011
70%
2011
59%
2011
59%
2011
51%
2011
51%
2011
30%
2011
30%
2011
40%
2011
40%
2011
60%
2011
60%
2011
41%
2011
41%
2011
24%
2010
24%
2010
12%
2010
12%
2010
23%
2010
23%
2010
76%
2010
76%
2010
71%
2010
71%
2010
79%
2010
79%
2010
78%
2010
78%
2010
25%
2010
25%
2010
24%
2009
24%
2009
27%
2009
27%
2009
75%
2009
75%
2009
32%
2009
32%
2009
76%
2009
76%
2009
67%
2009
67%
2009
72%
2009
72%
2009
0%
2009
22%
2008
22%
2008
74%
2008
74%
2008
23%
2008
23%
2008
26%
2008
26%
2008
70%
2008
70%
2008
77%
2008
77%
2008
74.3%
2008
74.3%
2008
30%
2008
30%
2008
77%
2007
77%
2007
29%
2007
29%
2007
25%
2007
25%
2007
0%
2007
72%
2007
72%
2007
70%
2007
70%
2007
23%
2007
23%
2007
74%
2007
74%
2007
73%
2006
73%
2006
85.2%
2006
85.2%
2006
17%
2006
17%
2006
9%
2006
11%
2006
11%
2006
14.8%
2006
14.8%
2006
90%
2006
90%
2006
85%
2006
85%
2006
30%
2005
30%
2005
32%
2005
32%
2005
55%
2005
55%
2005
42%
2005
42%
2005
65%
2005
65%
2005
68%
2005
68%
2005
68%
2005
68%
2005
36%
2005
36%
2005
73%
2004
73%
2004
56%
2004
56%
2004
44%
2004
44%
2004
25%
2004
25%
2004
45%
2004
45%
2004
54%
2004
54%
2004
64%
2003
64%
2003
60%
2003
60%
2003
36%
2003
36%
2003
71%
2003
71%
2003
23%
2003
23%
2003
42%
2003
42%
2003
56%
2003
56%
2003
39%
2003
39%
2003
75%
2002
75%
2002
60%
2002
60%
2002
75%
2002
75%
2002
21%
2002
21%
2002
35%
2002
35%
2002
0%
2002
25%
2002
25%
2002
73%
2002
73%
2002
81%
2001
81%
2001
36%
2001
36%
2001
49%
2001
49%
2001
47%
2001
47%
2001
0%
2001
63%
2001
63%
2001
37%
2000
37%
2000
33%
2000
33%
2000
62%
2000
62%
2000
64%
2000
64%
2000
62%
2000
62%
2000
34%
2000
34%
2000
10%
1999
10%
1999
65%
1999
65%
1999
85%
1999
85%
1999
15%
1999
15%
1999
81%
1999
81%
1999
29%
1999
29%
1999
19%
1998
19%
1998
61%
1998
61%
1998
75%
1998
75%
1998
37%
1998
37%
1998
75%
1998
75%
1998
24%
1998
24%
1998
67%
2003
50%
2017-2018
91%
2019-2020
91%
2019-2020
82%
2018
96%
2017-2018
96%
2017-2018
80%
2016
88%
2015-2016
88%
2015-2016
82%
2015
75%
2015
74%
2014
50%
2014
71%
2011-2012
71%
2011-2012
74%
2011-2012
74%
2011-2012
95%
2009-2010
95%
2009-2010
86%
2007-2008
86%
2007-2008
81%
2007
11%
2006
50%
2014
50%
2014
100%
2017-2018
88%
2015-2016
100%
2013-2014
82
2011-2012
44%
2009-2010
75%
2007-2008
93%
2015-2016
100%
2013-2014
100%
2011-2012
83%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
33
2007
91%
2019-2020
100%
2017-2018
93%
2015-2016
93%
2015
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
92%
2013-2014
93%
2013-2014
88%
2013-2014
90%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
87%
2009-2010
75%
2007-2008
80%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
100%
2017-2018
50%
2007
50%
2007
0%
2006
0%
2006
82%
2009
100%
2009-2010
96%
2003
96%
2003
100%
2012-2013
100%
2017-2018
98%
2015-2016
98%
2015
96%
2013-2014
100%
2012
100%
2011-2012
83%
2009-2010
90%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
100%
2019-2020
100%
2015-2016
100%
2015-2016
80%
1999-2006
60%
1999-2004
90%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2015-2016
91%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
100%
2011-2012
100%
2011
75%
2009-2010
60%
2007-2008
75%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
0%
2010
0%
2010
0%
2017-2018
0%
2017-2018
0%
2015-2016
0%
2015-2016
0%
2013-2014
0%
2013-2014
6%
2005-2006
6%
2005-2006
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003
0%
2003
9%
2001-2002
9%
2001-2002
7%
1999-2000
7%
1999-2000
5%
1997-1998
5%
1997-1998
9%
1997
9%
1997
80%
2003-2004
82%
2020
81%
2019
90%
2019
92%
2018
90%
2018
93%
2017
90%
2017
100%
2016
90%
2016
90%
2015
95%
2015
89%
2014
93%
2014
89%
2013
83%
2013
90%
2012
100%
2012
94%
2011
88%
2010
89%
2010
73%
2009
90%
2008
88%
2008
85%
2007
93%
2006
89%
2005
95%
2004
90%
2003
90%
2002
100%
2001
80%
2000
96%
1999
94%
1998
80%
1997
0%
2017-2018
0%
2017-2018
6%
2016
6%
2016
0%
2019
40%
2017-2018
40%
2017-2018
10%
2017
10%
2017
40%
2015-2016
40%
2015-2016
75%
1997-1998
0%
2017-2018
25%
2015-2016
17%
2013-2014
100%
2004
0%
2017-2018
0%
2017-2018
6%
2016
6%
2016
0%
2011
50
2008
33
2007
0%
2005
0%
2004
33%
2003
71%
2006-2012
71%
2006-2012
59%
2014
0%
2017-2018
0%
2017-2018
16%
2015-2016
16%
2015-2016
0%
2014
0%
2013-2014
0%
2013-2014
0%
2011-2012
0%
2011-2012
0%
2009-2010
0%
2009-2010
0%
2007-2008
0%
2007-2008
25%
2005-2006
25%
2005-2006
33%
2003-2004
33%
2003-2004
17%
2001-2002
17%
2001-2002
17%
2001
20%
1999-2000
20%
1999-2000
0%
1999
12%
1997-1998
12%
1997-1998
0%
2007
50%
2007
0%
2007
0%
2007
50%
2014
50%
2014
16%
2017-2018
10%
2017
17%
2015-2016
19%
2015
50%
2013
30%
2011
20%
2009-2010
24%
2009
50%
2007-2008
48%
2007
31%
2005-2006
35%
2005
30%
2003-2004
25%
2003
28%
2001-2002
29%
2001
40%
2000
36%
1999