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10-ATR on Aug 12, 2010

Resolution: Americans for Tax Reform "Taxpayer Protection Pledge"
Source: Americans for Tax Reform "Taxpayer Protection Pledge"
Politicians often run for office saying they won't raise taxes, but then quickly turn their backs on the taxpayer. The idea of the Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing.

In the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases. While ATR has the role of promoting and monitoring the Pledge, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is actually made to a candidate's constituents, who are entitled to know where candidates stand before sending them to the capitol. Since the Pledge is a prerequisite for many voters, it is considered binding as long as an individual holds the office for which he or she signed the Pledge.

Since its rollout with the endorsement of President Reagan in 1986, the pledge has become de rigeur for Republicans seeking office, and is a necessity for Democrats running in Republican districts.

Also see Notebook 10-ATR for older Taxpayer Protection Pledge (2010).

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Question 11: Higher taxes on the wealthy Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Tax Reform
  • Headline: Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes (Score: -2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 10-ATR

Rob Andrews s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Ben Chandler s1sKentucky Democrat 
Ralph Moody Hall s1sTexas Democrat 
Tim Johnson s1sSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Ben Nelson s1sNE Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Arlen Specter s1sPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican) 
Gene Taylor s1sMississippi Democratic Challenger 

Republicans participating in 10-ATR

Robert Aderholt s1sAlabama Republican 
Todd Akin s1sMissouri Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Lamar Alexander s1sTN Republican Sr Senator 
Rodney Alexander s1sLouisiana Republican 
Justin Amash s1sMichigan Republican 
Steve Austria s1sOhio Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Kelly Ayotte s1sNH Republican Jr Senator 
Michele Bachmann s1sMinnesota Republican 
Spencer Bachus s1sAlabama Republican 
Lou Barletta s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Gresham Barrett s1sSouth Carolina Republican (until 2010) 
Roscoe Bartlett s1sMaryland Republican 
Joe Linus Barton s1sTexas Republican 
Charlie Bass s1sNew Hampshire Republican (Retired 2012) 
Dan Benishek s1sMichigan Republican 
Rick Berg s1sND Republican Challenger 
Judy Biggert s1sIllinois Republican 
Brian Bilbray s1sCalifornia Republican 
Gus Bilirakis s1sFlorida Republican 
Rob Bishop s1sUtah Republican 
Diane Black s1sTennessee Republican 
Marsha Blackburn s1sTennessee Republican 
Roy Blunt s1sMissouri Republican (until 2010) 
John Boehner s1sOhio Republican 
Kit Bond s1sMO Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Jo Bonner s1sAlabama Republican 
Mary Bono s1sCalifornia Republican 
John Boozman s1sAR Republican Jr Senator 
Charles Boustany s1sLouisiana Republican 
Kevin Brady s1sTexas Republican 
Paul Broun s1sGA Republican Challenger 
Henry Brown s1sSouth Carolina Republican (until 2010) 
Sam Brownback s1sKS Republican Governor 
Vern Buchanan s1sFlorida Republican 
Ann Marie Buerkle s1sNew York Republican 
Jim Bunning s1sKY Republican Jr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Michael Burgess s1sTexas Republican 
Richard Burr s1sNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Dan Burton s1sIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Ken Calvert s1sCalifornia Republican 
Dave Camp s1sMichigan Republican 
John Campbell s1sCalifornia Republican 
Quico Canseco s1sTexas Republican 
Eric Cantor s1sVirginia Republican 
Shelley Moore Capito s1sWest Virginia Republican 
John Carter s1sTexas Republican 
Bill Cassidy s1sLA Republican Challenger 
Steve Chabot s1sOhio Republican 
Jason Chaffetz s1sUT Former Republican Challenger (2011) 
Saxby Chambliss s1sGA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Daniel Coats s1sIN Republican Jr Senator 
John Howard Coble s1sNorth Carolina Republican 
Tom Coburn s1sOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Mike Coffman s1sColorado Republican 
Tom Cole s1sOklahoma Republican 
Mike Conaway s1sTexas Republican 
Bob Corker s1sTN Republican Jr Senator 
John Cornyn s1sTX Republican Sr Senator 
Michael Crapo s1sID Republican Sr Senator 
Chip Cravaack s1sMinnesota Republican 
Ander Crenshaw s1sFlorida Republican 
John Culberson s1sTexas Republican 
Geoff Davis s1sKentucky Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Jim DeMint s1sSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Charles Dent s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Scott DesJarlais s1sTennessee Republican 
Mario Diaz-Balart s1sFlorida Republican 
Charles Djou s1sHawaii Republican Governor challenger 
Bob Dold s1sIllinois Republican challenger 
David Dreier s1sCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Sean Duffy s1sWisconsin Republican 
Jeff Duncan s1sSouth Carolina Republican 
Jimmy Duncan s1sTennessee Republican 
Renee Ellmers s1sNorth Carolina Republican 
Jo Ann Emerson s1sMissouri Republican (Resigned 2013) 
John Ensign s1sNV Republican Jr Senator 
Mary Fallin s1sOK Republican Governor 
Stephen Fincher s1sTennessee Republican 
Jeff Flake s1sArizona Republican (Senate run 2012) 
John Fleming s1sLouisiana Republican 
Bill Flores s1sTexas Republican 
Randy Forbes s1sVirginia Republican 
Jeff Fortenberry s1sNebraska Republican 
Virginia Foxx s1sNorth Carolina Republican 
Trent Franks s1sArizona Republican 
Rodney Frelinghuysen s1sNew Jersey Republican 
Elton Gallegly s1sCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Scott Garrett s1sNew Jersey Republican 
Jim Gerlach s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Bob Gibbs s1sOhio Republican 
Chris Gibson s1sNew York Republican 
Phil Gingrey s1sGA Republican Challenger 
Louie Gohmert s1sTexas Republican 
Bob Goodlatte s1sVirginia Republican 
Trey Gowdy s1sSouth Carolina Republican 
Lindsey Graham s1sSC Republican Sr Senator 
Kay Granger s1sTexas Republican 
Samuel Graves s1sMissouri Republican 
Tom Graves s1sGeorgia Republican 
Judd Gregg s1sNH Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Morgan Griffith s1sVirginia Republican 
Parker Griffith s1sAlabama Republican challenger 
Michael Grimm s1sNew York Republican 
Frank Guinta s1sNew Hanpshire Republican challenger 
Brett Guthrie s1sKentucky Republican 
Gregg Harper s1sMississippi Republican 
Vicky Hartzler s1sMissouri Republican 
Doc Hastings s1sWashington Republican 
Orrin Hatch s1sUT Republican Sr Senator 
Nan Hayworth s1sNew York Republican 
Dean Heller s1sNevada Republican (Resigned 2011) 
Jeb Hensarling s1sTexas Republican 
Wally Herger s1sCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Jaime Herrera s1sWashington Republican 
Tim Huelskamp s1sKansas Republican 
Bill Huizenga s1sMichigan Republican 
Randy Hultgren s1sIllinois Republican 
Duncan Hunter Jr. s1sCalifornia Republican 
Robert Hurt s1sVirginia Republican 
Kay Bailey Hutchison s1sTX Republican Sr Senator (Retiring) 
James Inhofe s1sOK Republican Sr Senator 
Johnny Isakson s1sGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Lynn Jenkins s1sKansas Republican 
Mike Johanns s1sNE Former Republican Governor (2005-2007); elected Senator 2008 
Ron Johnson s1sWI Republican Sr Senator 
Sam Johnson s1sTexas Republican 
Walter Beaman Jones s1sNorth Carolina Republican 
Jim Jordan s1sOhio Republican 
Mike Kelly s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Peter King s1sNew York Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life 
Steve King s1sIowa Republican 
Jack Kingston s1sGA Republican Challenger 
Adam Kinzinger s1sIllinois Republican 
Mark Kirk s1sIL Republican Jr Senator 
John Kline s1sMinnesota Republican 
John Koster s1sWashington Republican Challenger 2010 
Jon Kyl s1sAZ Republican Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Doug Lamborn s1sColorado Republican 
Leonard Lance s1sNew Jersey Republican 
Jeff Landry s1sLouisiana Republican 
James Lankford s1sOklahoma Republican 
Tom Latham s1sIowa Republican 
Bob Latta s1sOhio Republican 
Chris Lee s1sNew York Republican (Resigned 2011) 
Jerry Lewis s1sCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Frank LoBiondo s1sNew Jersey Republican 
Billy Long s1sMissouri Republican 
Frank Dean Lucas s1sOklahoma Republican 
Blaine Luetkemeyer s1sMissouri Republican 
Cynthia Lummis s1sWyoming Republican 
Dan Lungren s1sCalifornia Republican 
Connie Mack s1sFL Former Republican Senator (until 2000) 
Kenny Marchant s1sTexas Republican 
Tom Marino s1sPennsylvania Republican 
John McCain s1sAZ Republican Sr Senator 
Kevin McCarthy s1sCalifornia Republican 
Michael McCaul s1sTexas Republican 
Tom McClintock s1sCA03 Former Republican Challenger (2003) 
Mitch McConnell s1sKY Republican Sr Senator 
Thad McCotter s1sMichigan Republican 
Patrick McHenry s1sNorth Carolina Republican 
Buck McKeon s1sCalifornia Republican 
David McKinley s1sWest Virginia Republican 
Patrick Meehan s1sPennsylvania Republican 
John Mica s1sFlorida Republican 
Candice Miller s1sMichigan Republican 
Gary Miller s1sCalifornia Republican 
Jeff Miller s1sFlorida Republican 
Jerry Moran s1sKansas Republican (until 2010) 
Mick Mulvaney s1sSouth Carolina Republican 
Lisa Murkowski s1sAK Republican Sr Senator 
Tim Murphy s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Sue Myrick s1sNorth Carolina Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Randy Neugebauer s1sTexas Republican 
Kristi Noem s1sSouth Dakota Republican 
Devin Nunes s1sCalifornia Republican 
Alan Nunnelee s1sMississippi Republican 
Pete Olson s1sTexas Republican 
Steven Palazzo s1sMississippi Republican 
Rand Paul s1sKY Republican Jr Senator 
Ron Paul s1sPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
Erik Paulsen s1sMinnesota Republican 
Steve Pearce s1sNew Mexico Republican 
Mike Pence s1sIN Republican Governor 
Tom Petri s1sWisconsin Republican 
Joseph Pitts s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Ted Poe s1sTexas Republican 
Mike Pompeo s1sKansas Republican 
Rob Portman s1sOH Republican Jr Senator 
Bill Posey s1sFlorida Republican 
Tom Price s1sGeorgia Republican 
John Raese s1sWV Republican Senate Challenger 
Tom Reed s1sNew York Republican 
Dennis Rehberg s1sMontana Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Dave Reichert s1sWashington Republican (Governor run 2012) 
Jim Renacci s1sOhio Republican 
Reid Ribble s1sWisconsin Republican 
Scott Rigell s1sVirginia Republican 
Jim Risch s1sID Former Republican Governor (2006-2007); U.S. Senator 
Pat Roberts s1sKS Republican Sr Senator 
Phil Roe s1sTennessee Republican 
Michael Rogers s1sAlabama Republican 
Mike Rogers s1sMichigan Republican 
Dana Rohrabacher s1sCalifornia Republican 
Todd Rokita s1sIndiana Republican 
Tom Rooney s1sFlorida Republican 
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen s1sFlorida Republican 
Peter Roskam s1sIllinois Republican 
Dino Rossi s1sWA Republican Challenger (2010) 
Ed Royce s1sCalifornia Republican 
Paul Ryan s1sPOTUS Republican 
Steve Scalise s1sLA Republican challenger 
Bobby Schilling s1sIllinois Republican challenger 2014 
Jean Schmidt s1sOhio Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Aaron Schock s1sIllinois Republican 
Tim Scott s1sSC Republican Senator-Appointee 
James Sensenbrenner s1sWisconsin Republican 
Jeff Sessions s1sAL Republican Sr Senator 
Pete Sessions s1sTexas Republican 
John Shadegg s1sArizona Republican 
Richard Shelby s1sAL Republican Jr Senator 
John Shimkus s1sIllinois Republican 
Bill Shuster s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Mike Simpson s1sIdaho Republican 
Adrian Smith s1sNebraska Republican 
Lamar Smith s1sTexas Republican 
Mark Souder s1sIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
Cliff Stearns s1sFlorida Republican (Lost 2012 primary) 
Steve Stivers s1sOhio Republican 
John Sullivan s1sOklahoma Republican 
Lee Terry s1sNebraska Republican 
Glenn Thompson s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Mac Thornberry s1sTexas Republican 
John Thune s1sSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Todd Tiahrt s1sKansas Republican (until 2010) 
Pat Tiberi s1sOhio Republican 
Pat Toomey s1sPA Republican Jr Senator 
Jay Townsend s1sNY Republican Challenger (2010) 
Mike Turner s1sOhio Republican 
Fred Upton s1sMichigan Republican 
David Vitter s1sLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Tim Walberg s1sMichigan Republican 
Greg Walden s1sOregon Republican 
Joe Walsh s1sIllinois Republican 
Zach Wamp s1sTennessee Republican (until 2010) 
Eric Wargotz s1sMD Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012) 
Lynn Westmoreland s1sGeorgia Republican 
Ed Whitfield s1sKentucky Republican 
Joe Wilson s1sSouth Carolina Republican 
Bill Young s1sFlorida Republican 
Don Young s1sAlaska Republican 
Todd Young s1sIndiana Republican 

Independents participating in 10-ATR

Jim Bender s1sNH 2010 Republican Senate Challenger 
Scott Brown s1sNH Previsouly MA Republican Jr Senator 
Ginny Brown-Waite s1sFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
Lincoln Diaz-Balart s1sFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
Brad Ellsworth s1sIN 2010 Democratic Challenger 
Jim Huffman s1sOR 2010 Republican Challenger 
Darrell Issa s1sCA03 Former Initiator of Gubernatorial Recall (2003) 
John Linder s1sGeorgia Former GOP (until 2010) 
Adam Putnam s1sFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
George Radanovich s1sCalifornia Former GOP (until 2010) 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 7
Republicans: 252
Independents: 10

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