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Joaquin Castro

Joaquin Castro's Ratings and Endorsements

Full Name: Joaquin Castro
Current Office: U.S. House - District 20, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 20
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014

Business and Consumers

2014 Population Connection - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 100%
2013 Food Policy Action - Positions 85%
2013 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 0%
2013 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2013 National Education Association - Positions 100%
2013 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 83%
2013 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 0%
2011-2012 Texas National Federation of Independent Business - Positions [House Only] 67%
2011 Texas Association of Business - Cumulative Score 33%
2011 Texas Association of Business - Positions 32%
2011 Texas Watch - Positions on Consumer Protection (House Only) 96%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Total Score 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Social Issues 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Other Conservative Issues Score 13%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Economic Issues 24%
2009 Texas Association of Business - Positions 45%
2009 Texas Association of Business - Lifetime Score 34%
2009 Texas National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 71%
2007 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Conservative Issues 33
2007 Texas Association of Business - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 57
2007 Texas National Federation of Independent Business - Positions on Pro-Small Business Policy 75
2005-2006 Texas National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 83%
2005 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2005 Texas Association of Business - Positions 33%
2003 Heritage Alliance - Positions 8%
2003 Texas Association of Business - Positions 0%

Conservative

2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 11%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (Jan. 7, 2014) 11%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (Jan. 7, 2014) 11%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 11%
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 12%
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 12%
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 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 Economic Policy 13%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy 36%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy 28%
2013 National Right to Life Committee - Positions (Jan. 14, 2014) 0%
2013 The Club for Growth - Positions (lifetime) 13%
2013 The Club for Growth - Positions 13%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 10%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 10%
2013 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 25
2012 Texas Conservative Roundtable - Positions 41%
2012 Texas Conservative Roundtable - Positions 41%
2011 Americans for Prosperity Texas - Positions 31%
2011 Texans for Fiscal Responsibility - Positions 0%
2011 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 8%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 15%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 13%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 13%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 15%
2009 Americans for Prosperity Texas - Positions 74%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Other Conservative Issues Score 13%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Other Conservative Issues Score 13%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Total Score 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Total Score 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Social Issues 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Social Issues 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Economic Issues 24%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Economic Issues 24%
2009 Texans for Fiscal Responsibility - Positions 30%
2009 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 12%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 16%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 13%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 13%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 16%
2007 Americans for Prosperity Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues 32%
2007 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Conservative Issues 33
2007 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Conservative Issues 33
2007 Texans for Fiscal Responsibility - Positions on the Size and Role of Government 23.08
2007 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 44%
2007 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues 12
2007 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues 12
2005 Americans for Prosperity Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues F
2005 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2005 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2005 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 8%
2005 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 29%
2005 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 29%
2003 Heritage Alliance - Positions 8%
2003 Heritage Alliance - Positions 8%
2003 Texas Christian Coalition - Positions 33%
2003 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 13%
2003 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 10%
2003 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 10%

Social

2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 12%
2013-2014 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score (Jan. 13, 2014) 49%
2013-2014 Progressive Punch - Lifetime Score 89%
2013-2014 Progressive Punch - Crucial Votes Lifetime Score 72%
2013-2014 Progressive Punch - Crucial Votes 72%
2013-2014 Progressive Punch - Overall Positions 89%
2013 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions 100%
2013 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 64%
2013 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 69%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy 28%
2013 National Right to Life Committee - Positions (Jan. 14, 2014) 0%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 10%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 10%
2012 Texas Conservative Roundtable - Positions 41%
2011 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 8%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 15%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 13%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 13%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 15%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Economic Issues 24%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Social Issues 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Other Conservative Issues Score 13%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Total Score 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Social Issues 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Total Score 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Other Conservative Issues Score 13%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Economic Issues 24%
2009 Libertarian Party of Texas - Positions on Personal Liberties 22%
2009 Libertarian Party of Texas - Economic Liberty Score 8%
2009 Libertarian Party of Texas - Positions on Economic and Personal Liberties 15%
2009 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 12%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 16%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 16%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 13%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 13%
2007 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Conservative Issues 33
2007 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Conservative Issues 33
2007 Libertarian Party of Texas - Positions on Personal Liberties 57%
2007 Libertarian Party of Texas - Economic Liberty Score 33%
2007 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 44%
2007 Texas Public Interest Research Group - Positions on Public Interest Advocacy 67
2007 Texas Public Interest Research Group - Positions on Public Interest Advocacy 67
2007 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues 12
2007 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues 12
2006 Texas Freedom Network - Positions on Individual Rights and Liberties 88
2005 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2005 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2005 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 8%
2005 Texas Freedom Network - Positions 100%
2005 Texas Public Interest Research Group - Positions 100%
2005 Texas Public Interest Research Group - Positions 100%
2005 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 29%
2005 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 29%
2003 Heritage Alliance - Positions 8%
2003 Heritage Alliance - Positions 8%
2003 Texans for Lawsuit Reform - Positions 0%
2003 Texas Christian Coalition - Positions 33%
2003 Texas Christian Coalition - Positions 33%
2003 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 13%
2003 Texas Public Interest Research Group - Positions 100%
2003 Texas Public Interest Research Group - Positions 100%
2003 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 10%
2003 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 10%

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