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Representative Christopher H. Shays (CT)

Current Office: U.S. Representative
Current District: 4
Office Seeking: U.S. Representative
District Seeking: 4
First Elected: 08/18/1987
Last Elected: 11/02/2004
Next Election: 2006
Party: Republican
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2005  Representative Shays supported the interests of the Gun Owners of America 0 percent in 2005.

2004  Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all Congressional candidates in 2004, the National Rifle Association assigned Representative Shays a grade of F (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F).

2003-2004  Representative Shays supported the interests of the Gun Owners of America 0 percent in 2003-2004.

2003  Representative Shays supported the interests of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence 100 percent in 2003.

2003  Representative Shays supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House).

2003  Representative Shays supported the interests of the Gun Owners of America 0 percent in 2003.

2002  On the votes that the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence considered to be the most important as of 2002, Representative Shays voted their preferred position 100 percent of the time. These scores are cumulative for each representative's time in their current office. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence considered votes from 1988-2002 in the House and 1991-2002 in the Senate when determining these scores.

2002  Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all Congressional candidates in 2002, the National Rifle Association assigned Representative Shays a grade of F (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F).

2001-2002  Based on the results of a questionnaire the Gun Owners of America assigned Representative Shays a grade of F- (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F-).

2000  Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all Congressional candidates in 2000, the National Rifle Association assigned Representative Shays a grade of F (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F).

1999-2000  Representative Shays supported the interests of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence 100 percent in 1999-2000.

1999-2000  Based on the results of a questionnaire the Gun Owners of America assigned Representative Shays a grade of F- (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F-).

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Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups are biased. They 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.

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