Representative Stephen F. Lynch's Special Interest Group Ratings

Biographical

Full Name: Stephen F. Lynch
Current Office: U.S. House - District 8, Democratic
First Elected: 10/16/2001
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 8
Primary Sept. 9, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Margaret; 1 Child: Victoria
Birth Date: 03/31/1955
Birth Place: South Boston, MA
Home City: South Boston, MA
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Conservative

2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (June 23, 2014) 9% 2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score (June 23, 2014) 6% 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) 6% 2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 7% 2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (Jan. 7, 2014) 10% 2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (June 23, 2014) 9% 2014 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Positions 0 2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 17% 2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 17% 2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 17% 2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 35% 2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 25% 2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 35% 2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 25% 2013-2014 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0% 2013-2014 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0% 2013-2014 Eagle Forum - Positions 0% 2013-2014 Eagle Forum - Positions 0% 2013 American Conservative Union - Positions 17% 2013 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 12% 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 15% 2013 National Journal - Conservative (Composite) 26% 2013 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy 37% 2013 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy 31% 2013 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy 10% 2013 The Club for Growth - Positions (lifetime) 9% 2013 The Club for Growth - Positions 12% 2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 14% 2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 14% 2013 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 35 2012 American Conservative Union - Ratings of Congress 16% 2012 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 12% 2012 Catholic Advocate - Positions 9% 2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 25% 2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 25% 2012 Family Research Council - Positions 33% 2012 FreedomWorks - Positions 20% 2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Social) 36% 2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Composite Score) 29% 2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Economic) 23% 2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Foreign) 26% 2012 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 19% 2012 The Club for Growth - Positions 21% 2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 18% 2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 18% 2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime score 4% 2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime score 4% 2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 5% 2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 5% 2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 13% 2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 13% 2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 6% 2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 6% 2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 14% 2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 14% 2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 14% 2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 76% 2011-2012 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 10% 2011 American Conservative Union - Positions 0% 2011 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 11% 2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 3% 2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 3% 2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 23% 2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 23% 2011 Family Research Council - Positions 10% 2011 FreedomWorks - Positions 5% 2011 Heritage Action for America - Positions (House Only) 10% 2011 Heritage Action for America - Positions (House Only) 10% 2011 Heritage Action for America - Positions (House Only) 10% 2011 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 68% 2011 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 18% 2011 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 31% 2011 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 32% 2011 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 27% 2011 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 2011 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 12% 2011 The Club for Growth - Positions 5% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 16% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 20% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 20% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 16% 2011 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 16% 2010 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 13% 2010 American Conservative Union - Positions 0% 2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 11% 2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 11% 2010 FreedomWorks - Positions 16% 2010 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 34% 2010 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 35% 2010 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 40% 2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 25% 2010 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 59% 2010 The Club for Growth - Positions 15% 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 16% 2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 11% 2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 11% 2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 16% 2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 16% 2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 20% 2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 17% 2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 17% 2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 18% 2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 33% 2009-2010 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 5% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 11% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 13% 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 11% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 13% 2009 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 14% 2009 American Conservative Union - Positions 4% 2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 18% 2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 18% 2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 4% 2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 4% 2009 FreedomWorks - Positions 0% 2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 6% 2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 6% 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 31% 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 29% 2009 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 33% 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 35% 2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 25% 2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 3% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 0% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 23% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 0% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 23% 2009 The Club for Growth - Positions 0% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 0% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 20% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 10% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 20% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 0% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 10% 2008 American Conservative Union - Positions 8% 2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 40% 2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 40% 2008 FreedomWorks - Positions 21% 2008 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 24% 2008 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 28% 2008 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 23% 2008 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 26% 2008 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score F 2008 The Club for Growth - Positions 8% 2007-2009 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 21% 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 11 2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 11 2007-2008 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 20% 2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 18% 2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 18% 2007-2008 Family Research Council - Positions 5% 2007-2008 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 2007-2008 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 0% 2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 21% 2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 21% 2007 American Conservative Union - Positions 0% 2007 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 0% 2007 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 0% 2007 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 5% 2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 23% 2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 23% 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 Social Policy Score 42% 2007 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 27.7% 2007 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 31% 2007 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 0% 2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score F 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 20% 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 31% 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 20% 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 31% 2007 The Club for Growth - Positions 2% 2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 30% 2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 30% 2007 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 0 2006 American Conservative Union - Positions 20% 2006 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 0% 2006 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 0% 2006 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 18% 2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 29% 2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 29% 2006 Family Research Council - Positions 28% 2006 FreedomWorks - Positions 8% 2006 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 16% 2006 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 31% 2006 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 35% 2006 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 27.8% 2006 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 11% 2006 The Club for Growth - Positions 5% 2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 28% 2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 28% 2006 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 28% 2005-2006 American Family Association - Positions 58% 2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 29% 2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 29% 2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 57% 2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 57% 2005-2006 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 55% 2005-2006 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 12% 2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 6% 2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 6% 2005 American Conservative Union - Positions 12% 2005 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 12% 2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 40% 2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 40% 2005 Family Research Council - Positions 46% 2005 FreedomWorks - Positions 12% 2005 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 29% 2005 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 31% 2005 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 25% 2005 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 28% 2005 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 11% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 42% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 26% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 42% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 26% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 10% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 10% 2005 The John Birch Society - Positions 13% 2005 The John Birch Society - Positions 13% 2004 American Conservative Union - Positions 28% 2004 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 25% 2004 Christian Action Network - Lifetime Score 33% 2004 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 46% 2004 Eagle Forum - Positions 27% 2004 Eagle Forum - Positions 27% 2004 Family Research Council - Positions 33% 2004 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 30% 2004 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 33% 2004 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 28% 2004 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 13% 2004 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 25% 2004 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 25% 2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Fall) 10% 2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Fall) 10% 2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring) 29% 2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring) 29% 2003-2004 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 30% 2003-2004 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 30% 2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 50% 2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 50% 2003-2004 FreedomWorks - Positions 9% 2003-2004 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 64% 2003-2004 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 3% 2003-2004 The Cato Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes Score 0% 2003 American Conservative Union - Positions 33% 2003 American Family Association - Positions 100% 2003 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 0% 2003 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 41% 2003 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 41% 2003 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 46% 2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 54% 2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 54% 2003 Eagle Forum - Positions 31% 2003 Eagle Forum - Positions 31% 2003 Family Research Council - Positions 31% 2003 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 25% 2003 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 28% 2003 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 19% 2003 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 39% 2003 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 21% 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 30 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 30 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 30 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 30 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 30 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 30 2003 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer) 25% 2003 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer) 25% 2002 American Conservative Union - Positions 13% 2002 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 5% 2002 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 33% 2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 50% 2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 50% 2002 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 26% 2002 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 41% 2002 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 29% 2002 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 7% 2002 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 23% 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 39 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 39 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 39 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 39 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 39 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 39 2002 The John Birch Society - Positions 40% 2002 The John Birch Society - Positions 40% 2001-2010 Keep America Safe - Positions 31% 2001-2002 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 36% 2001-2002 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 36% 2001-2002 Concerned Women for America - Positions 50% 2001-2002 Concerned Women for America - Positions 50% 2001-2002 Family Research Council - Positions 40% 2001-2002 FreedomWorks - Positions 0% 2001-2002 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 50% 2001-2002 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 3% 2001-2002 The Cato Institute - Trade Barrier Votes Score 50% 2001-2002 The Cato Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes Score 0% 2001 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 0% 1997-1998 Citizens for Limited Taxation and Government - Positions 10%

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