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Lamar Smith's 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%
1995-1996
100%
1995-1996
91%
2018
96%
2017
91%
2017
91%
2016
92%
2016
100%
2015
84%
2014
91%
2014
83%
2013
92%
2013
92%
2012
88%
2012
92%
2011
84%
2011
92%
2010
100%
2010
92%
2009
96%
2009
88%
2008
88%
2007
84%
2006
96%
2005
92%
2004
88%
2003
96%
2002
96%
2001
96%
2000
84%
1999
92%
1998
88%
1997
100%
1996
91%
1995
84%
1995
95%
1994
100%
2015-2016
100%
2013-2014
100%
2011-2012
100%
2009-2010
100%
2009
100%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
91%
2001-2002
92%
1999-2000
97%
2004
100%
2011-2012
100%
2011
100%
2009-2010
100%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
93%
2001-2002
86%
2000
50%
1997-1998
75%
1995-1996
8
2007-2008
8
2007-2008
7
2007
25
2006
25
2006
-4
2005
-4
2005
58%
2016
60%
2014
86%
2013-2014
86%
2013-2014
100%
2013
100%
2013
100%
2012
100%
2012
61%
2011
61%
2011
87%
2010
87%
2010
95%
2009
95%
2009
70%
2008
70%
2008
94%
2007
94%
2007
86%
2006
86%
2006
73%
2005
73%
2005
82%
2004
82%
2004
92%
2003
92%
2003
85%
2002
85%
2002
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