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Jim Costa

Jim Costa's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Conservative

Full Name: Jim Costa
Current Office: U.S. House - District 16, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 16
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014

Conservative

2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 7%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score (June 23, 2014) 7%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (June 23, 2014) 8%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 7%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (Jan. 7, 2014) 10%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score (June 23, 2014) 7%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (June 23, 2014) 8%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (Jan. 7, 2014) 10%
2014 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Positions 25
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 20%
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 20%
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 20%
2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 18%
2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 16%
2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 16%
2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 18%
2013-2014 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 30%
2013-2014 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 30%
2013-2014 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013 American Conservative Union - Positions 8%
2013 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 20%
2013 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Workplace Choice (August, 2013) 0%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013 FreedomWorks - Positions 20%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy 42%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy 43%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy 44%
2013 National Journal - Conservative (Composite) 43%
2013 The Club for Growth - Positions (lifetime) 18%
2013 The Club for Growth - Positions 11%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 11%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 11%
2013 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 16
2012 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 21%
2012 American Conservative Union - Ratings of Congress 29%
2012 Catholic Advocate - Positions 0%
2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2012 Family Research Council - Positions 16%
2012 FreedomWorks - Positions 16%
2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Composite Score) 41%
2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Social) 37%
2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Economic) 42%
2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Foreign) 42%
2012 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 32%
2012 The Club for Growth - Positions 34%
2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 18%
2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 18%
2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 9%
2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime score 5%
2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 9%
2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime score 5%
2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 30%
2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 30%
2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 16%
2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 16%
2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 22%
2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 22%
2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 22%
2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 43%
2011-2012 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2011 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 20%
2011 American Conservative Union - Positions 21%
2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 18%
2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 18%
2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 15%
2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 15%
2011 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2011 FreedomWorks - Positions 31%
2011 Heritage Action for America - Positions (House Only) 50%
2011 Heritage Action for America - Positions (House Only) 50%
2011 Heritage Action for America - Positions (House Only) 50%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 41%
2011 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 59%
2011 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 41%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 40%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 43%
2011 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2011 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 35%
2011 The Club for Growth - Positions 16%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 15%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 30%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 30%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 15%
2011 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 15%
2010 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 20%
2010 American Conservative Union - Positions 8%
2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2010 FreedomWorks - Positions 16%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 38%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 50%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 50%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 49%
2010 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 47%
2010 The Club for Growth - Positions 17%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0%
2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 5%
2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 10%
2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 10%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 16%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 16%
2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 10%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 14%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 14%
2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 12%
2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 16%
2009-2010 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 9%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 10%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 0%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 8%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 8%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 10%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 0%
2009 American Conservative Union - Positions 12%
2009 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 23%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 18%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 18%
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 11%
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 11%
2009 FreedomWorks - Positions 10%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 12%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 12%
2009 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 46%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 44%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 45%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 48%
2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 25%
2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 11%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 21%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 7%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 21%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 7%
2009 The Club for Growth - Positions 19%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 15%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 20%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 10%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 20%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 10%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 15%
2008 American Conservative Union - Positions 9%
2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 30%
2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 30%
2008 FreedomWorks - Positions 11%
2008 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 47.2%
2008 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 42%
2008 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 48%
2008 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 48%
2008 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score F
2008 The Club for Growth - Positions 1%
2007-2009 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 5%
2007-2008 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2007-2008 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 0%
2007-2008 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 0%
2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 5
2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 5
2007-2008 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 11%
2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 22%
2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 22%
2007-2008 Family Research Council - Positions 11%
2007-2008 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2007-2008 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 0%
2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 5%
2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 5%
2007 American Conservative Union - Positions 4%
2007 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 0%
2007 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 0%
2007 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 5%
2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 17%
2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 17%
2007 Family Research Council - Positions 6
2007 FreedomWorks - Positions 10%
2007 GOPUSA - Positions 0%
2007 GOPUSA - Positions 0%
2007 GOPUSA - Positions 0%
2007 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 40%
2007 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 40.5%
2007 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 41%
2007 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 40%
2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score F
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 24%
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 43%
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 43%
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 24%
2007 The Club for Growth - Positions 4%
2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 11%
2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 11%
2007 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 25
2006 American Conservative Union - Positions 56%
2006 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 0%
2006 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 0%
2006 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 41%
2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 14%
2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 14%
2006 Family Research Council - Positions 42%
2006 FreedomWorks - Positions 42%
2006 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 40.8%
2006 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 41%
2006 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 38%
2006 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 43%
2006 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 23%
2006 The Club for Growth - Positions 34%
2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 37%
2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 37%
2006 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 57%
2005-2006 American Family Association - Positions 13%
2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 39%
2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 39%
2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 46%
2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 46%
2005-2006 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 20%
2005-2006 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 21%
2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 62%
2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 62%
2005 American Conservative Union - Positions 32%
2005 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 21%
2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 47%
2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 47%
2005 Family Research Council - Positions 25%
2005 FreedomWorks - Positions 35%
2005 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 41%
2005 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 39%
2005 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 41%
2005 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 41%
2005 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 23%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 26%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 42%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 26%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 42%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 58%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 58%
2001-2010 Keep America Safe - Positions 43%

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