Senator Lindsey O. Graham's Special Interest Group Ratings

Biographical

Full Name: Lindsey O. Graham
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Sr, Republican
First Elected: 11/05/2002
Last Elected: 11/04/2008
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Republican for U.S. Senate
Primary June 10, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Single
Birth Date: 07/09/1955
Birth Place: Seneca, SC
Home City: Seneca, SC
Religion: Southern Baptist
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Conservative

2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (Jan. 7, 2014) 73% 2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 84% 2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 84% 2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (Jan. 7, 2014) 73% 2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 52% 2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 52% 2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 52% 2013 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Workplace Choice (August, 2013) 100% 2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100% 2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100% 2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 33% 2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 33% 2013 FreedomWorks - Positions 52% 2013 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy 71% 2013 National Journal - Conservative (Composite) 65% 2013 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy 60% 2013 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy 61% 2013 National Right to Life Committee - Positions (Jan. 14, 2014) 100% 2013 The Club for Growth - Positions (lifetime) 75% 2013 The Club for Growth - Positions 65% 2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 50% 2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 50% 2013 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 55 2012 American Conservative Union - Ratings of Congress 92% 2012 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 89% 2012 Catholic Advocate - Positions 100% 2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 85% 2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 85% 2012 Family Research Council - Positions 57% 2012 FreedomWorks - Positions 77% 2012 National Journal - Senate Conservative (Foreign) 61% 2012 National Journal - Senate Conservative (Composite Score) 72% 2012 National Journal - Senate Conservative (Social) 62% 2012 National Journal - Senate Conservative (Economic) 90% 2012 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 80% 2012 The Club for Growth - Positions 86% 2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 73% 2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 73% 2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime score 84% 2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime score 84% 2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 77% 2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 77% 2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 100% 2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 100% 2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 76% 2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 76% 2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 73% 2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 73% 2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 73% 2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 19% 2011-2012 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100% 2011 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 89% 2011 American Conservative Union - Positions 75% 2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 100% 2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 81% 2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 81% 2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 46% 2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 46% 2011 Family Research Council - Positions 57% 2011 FreedomWorks - Positions 72% 2011 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 63% 2011 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 61% 2011 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 56% 2011 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 43% 2011 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 64% 2011 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100% 2011 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 76% 2011 The Club for Growth - Positions 72% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 70% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 70% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 70% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 70% 2011 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 70% 2010 American Conservative Union - Positions 92% 2010 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 90% 2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 85% 2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 85% 2010 FreedomWorks - Positions 96% 2010 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 77% 2010 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 21% 2010 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 78% 2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 66% 2010 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 72% 2010 The Club for Growth - Positions 85% 2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 90% 2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 90% 2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 86% 2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 96% 2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 96% 2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 100% 2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 100% 2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 100% 2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 86% 2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 86% 2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 79% 2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100% 2009-2010 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 97% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 86% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 90% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 86% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 90% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 87% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 87% 2009 American Conservative Union - Positions 88% 2009 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 90% 2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 100% 2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 100% 2009 ConservAmerica - Positions 15 2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 89% 2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 89% 2009 FreedomWorks - Positions 77% 2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 93% 2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 93% 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 74% 2009 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 77% 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 81% 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 69% 2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100% 2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 90% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 91% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 91% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 52% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 52% 2009 The Club for Growth - Positions 81% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 90% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 75% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 90% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 83% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 75% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 83% 2008 American Conservative Union - Positions 82% 2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 85% 2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 85% 2008 FreedomWorks - Positions 50% 2008 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 86% 2008 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 79% 2008 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 76% 2008 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 84.5% 2008 National Tax Limitation Committee - Fiscally Conservative Score B 2008 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score C 2008 The Club for Growth - Positions 52% 2007-2009 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 53% 2007-2008 American Family Association - Positions 100% 2007-2008 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 87% 2007-2008 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 87% 2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 82 2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 82 2007-2008 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 100% 2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 86% 2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 86% 2007-2008 ConservAmerica - Positions 24 2007-2008 Family Research Council - Positions 100% 2007-2008 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100% 2007-2008 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 90% 2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 53% 2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 53% 2007 American Conservative Union - Positions 88% 2007 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 91% 2007 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 91% 2007 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 100% 2007 ConservAmerica - Positions 14 2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 64% 2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 64% 2007 Family Research Council - Positions 100 2007 FreedomWorks - Positions 75% 2007 GOPUSA - Positions 21% 2007 GOPUSA - Positions 21% 2007 GOPUSA - Positions 21% 2007 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 64% 2007 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 80% 2007 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 86% 2007 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 77.3% 2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score A 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 68% 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 91% 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 91% 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 68% 2007 The Club for Growth - Positions 92% 2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 56% 2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 56% 2007 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 66 2006 American Conservative Union - Positions 83% 2006 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 100% 2006 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 100% 2006 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 95% 2006 ConservAmerica - Positions 29 2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 44% 2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 44% 2006 Family Research Council - Positions 87% 2006 FreedomWorks - Positions 92% 2006 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 92% 2006 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 70.8% 2006 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 65% 2006 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 49% 2006 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 85% 2006 The Club for Growth - Positions 86% 2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 40% 2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 40% 2006 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 80% 2005-2006 American Family Association - Positions 100% 2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 88% 2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 88% 2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100% 2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100% 2005-2006 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100% 2005-2006 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 98% 2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 90% 2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 90% 2005 American Conservative Union - Positions 96% 2005 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 85% 2005 ConservAmerica - Positions 20 2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 100% 2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 100% 2005 FreedomWorks - Positions 88% 2005 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 64% 2005 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 61% 2005 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 59% 2005 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 64% 2005 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 74% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 80% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 80% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 80% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 80% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 80% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 80% 2004 American Conservative Union - Positions 92% 2004 American Family Association - Positions 100% 2004 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 85% 2004 Christian Action Network - Lifetime Score 92% 2004 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 100% 2004 Eagle Forum - Positions 100% 2004 Eagle Forum - Positions 100% 2004 Family Research Council - Positions 83% 2004 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 84% 2004 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 54% 2004 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 58% 2004 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 73% 2004 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 85% 2004 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 85% 2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Fall) 90% 2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Fall) 90% 2003-2004 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 97% 2003-2004 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 97% 2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100% 2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100% 2003-2004 FreedomWorks - Positions 86% 2003-2004 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 91% 2003-2004 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 88% 2003-2004 The Cato Institute - Trade Barrier Votes Score 30% 2003-2004 The Cato Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes Score 0% 2003 American Conservative Union - Positions 90% 2003 American Family Association - Positions 100% 2003 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 90% 2003 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 97% 2003 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 97% 2003 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 100% 2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100% 2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100% 2003 Eagle Forum - Positions 93% 2003 Eagle Forum - Positions 93% 2003 Family Research Council - Positions 100% 2003 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 52% 2003 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 59% 2003 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 62% 2003 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 81% 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 90 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 90 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 90 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 90 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 90 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 90 2002 American Conservative Union - Positions 83% 2002 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 85% 2002 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 83% 2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 87% 2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 87% 2002 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 54% 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 79 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 79 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 79 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 79 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 79 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 79 2002 The John Birch Society - Positions 65% 2002 The John Birch Society - Positions 65% 2001-2010 Keep America Safe - Positions 96% 2001-2002 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 97% 2001-2002 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 97% 2001-2002 Concerned Women for America - Positions 93% 2001-2002 Concerned Women for America - Positions 93% 2001-2002 Family Research Council - Positions 80% 2001-2002 FreedomWorks - Positions 80% 2001-2002 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 94% 2001-2002 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 89% 2001-2002 The Cato Institute - Trade Barrier Votes Score 18% 2001-2002 The Cato Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes Score 14% 2001 American Conservative Union - Positions 88% 2001 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 90% 2001 Family Research Council - Positions on Conservative Issues 90% 2001 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 64% 2001 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 73% 2001 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 73% 2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 70% 2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 70% 2000 American Conservative Union - Positions 100% 2000 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 5% 2000 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 93% 2000 Family Research Council - Positions 100% 2000 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 33% 2000 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 33% 2000 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 94% 2000 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 79% 2000 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 88% 2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 79% 2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 79% 2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 66% 2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 66% 1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 87% 1999-2000 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 94% 1999-2000 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 94% 1999-2000 The Cato Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes Score 60% 1999-2000 The Cato Institute - Trade Barrier Votes Score 33% 1999 American Conservative Union - Positions 88% 1999 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 70% 1999 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 90% 1999 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 90% 1999 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 79% 1999 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 65% 1999 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 92% 1999 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 66% 1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 60% 1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 60% 1998 American Conservative Union - Positions 88% 1998 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 100% 1998 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 85% 1998 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 83% 1998 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 72% 1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 58% 1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 58% 1997-1998 60 Plus Association - Positions 100% 1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 93% 1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 75% 1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 75% 1997-1998 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 90% 1997-1998 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 97% 1997-1998 The Cato Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes Score 25% 1997 American Conservative Union - Positions 92% 1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 100% 1997 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 80% 1997 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 80% 1997 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100% 1997 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 65% 1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 58% 1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 58% 1996 American Conservative Union - Positions 100% 1996 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 82% 1996 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 79% 1996 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 86% 1996 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100% 1995-1996 60 Plus Association - Positions 100% 1995-1996 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 100% 1995-1996 Concerned Women for America - Positions 75% 1995-1996 Concerned Women for America - Positions 75% 1995-1996 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 98% 1995-1996 The John Birch Society - Positions 63% 1995-1996 The John Birch Society - Positions 63% 1995 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 96% 1995 American Conservative Union - Positions 96% 1995 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 60% 1995 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 60% 1995 National Taxpayers Union - Spending Score 83%

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