Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2000 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 12%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 92%
Gary Ackerman 13%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 12%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 4%
Rob Andrews 20%
Bill Archer 95%
Richard Armey 92%
John Ashcroft 96%
Joe Baca, Sr. 16%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 88%
Brian Baird 12%
Richard Hugh Baker 75%
ME Councilor-At-Large John Baldacci D 8%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 4%
Cass Ballenger 91%
James Barcia 56%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
WI Mayor-At-Large Tom Barrett D 8%
Bill Barrett 87%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 100%
Charlie Bass 75%
Herbert Bateman 82%
Max Baucus 16%
Evan Bayh 16%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 8%
Bob Bennett 95%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 8%
Douglas Bereuter 64%
Shelley Berkley 28%
Howard Berman 4%
Marion Berry 48%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 16%
Judy Biggert 68%
Brian Bilbray 68%
Michael Bilirakis 80%
Jeff Bingaman 16%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 43%
Rod Blagojevich 25%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 82%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 0%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 96%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 87%
Kit Bond 92%
Henry Bonilla 82%
David Edward Bonior 8%
Mary Bono Mack 68%
Robert Borski, Jr. 16%
Leonard Boswell 41%
Rick Boucher 29%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 4%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 40%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 100%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 12%
John Breaux 40%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 9%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 4%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 100%
Richard Bryan 16%
Ed Bryant 95%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 87%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 88%
Dan Burton 91%
Steve Buyer 84%
Robert Byrd 28%
Herbert Callahan 69%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 84%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 84%
Ben Campbell 96%
Thomas Campbell 64%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 84%
Chris Cannon 100%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 16%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 0%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 8%
Julia Carson 4%
Mike Castle 68%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 100%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 12%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 91%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 95%
William Clay, Sr. 5%
Eva Clayton 16%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 24%
Robert Clement 40%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 8%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 86%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 95%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 92%
Michael Collins 96%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 76%
Larry Combest 88%
Gary Condit 44%
Kent Conrad 29%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 0%
Merrill Cook 90%
John Cooksey 73%
Jerry Costello 33%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 8%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 40%
Philip Crane 100%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 100%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 20%
Barbara Cubin 100%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 4%
Randall Cunningham 92%
Patsy Ann Danner 56%
Thomas Daschle 8%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 4%
James Davis 16%
Thomas Davis III 70%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 96%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 8%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 8%
Bill Delahunt 8%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 8%
Thomas DeLay 88%
James DeMint 100%
Peter Deutsch 28%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 80%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 56%
Jay Dickey 92%
Norm Dicks 8%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 16%
Julian Dixon 9%
Chris Dodd 13%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 12%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 95%
Calvin Dooley 20%
John Doolittle 88%
Byron Dorgan 16%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 20%
David Dreier 92%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 84%
Jennifer Dunn 88%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 4%
John Edwards 12%
Chet Edwards 8%
Vern Ehlers 64%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 88%
Jo Ann Emerson 80%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 22%
Philip English 56%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 92%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 8%
Bob Etheridge 28%
Lane Evans 8%
Terry Everett 90%
Thomas Ewing 91%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 8%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 0%
Russ Feingold 8%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 28%
Bob Filner 0%
Peter Fitzgerald 95%
Ernest Fletcher 84%
Mark Foley 68%
Michael Patrick Forbes 45%
Harold Ford, Jr. 24%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 80%
Tillie Fowler 84%
Barney Frank 12%
Robert Franks 68%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 56%
William Frist 92%
Jonas Frost III 12%
Elton Gallegly 72%
John Ganske 73%
Sam Gejdenson 12%
George Gekas 87%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 13%
Jim Gibbons 88%
Wayne Gilchrest 58%
Paul Gillmor 76%
Benjamin Gilman 43%
Charlie Gonzalez 8%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 100%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 100%
William Goodling 88%
Bart Gordon 44%
Slade Gorton 96%
Porter Goss 96%
Daniel Graham 16%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 100%
William Phillip Gramm 100%
Rodney Grams 100%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 84%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 96%
Mark Green 84%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 20%
James Greenwood 60%
Judd Gregg 100%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 9%
Gilbert Gutknecht 92%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 88%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 88%
Tony Hall 21%
James Hansen 95%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 4%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 4%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 92%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 95%
Robert Hayes 76%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 100%
Jesse Helms 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 95%
Baron Hill 16%
Rick Hill 92%
Van Hilleary 92%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 12%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 8%
David Lee Hobson 72%
PA Commissioner-At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 8%
Pete Hoekstra 88%
Thomas Holden 32%
Ernest Hollings 20%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 16%
Darlene Hooley 16%
Stephen Horn 56%
John Nathan Hostettler 88%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 52%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 12%
Kenny Hulshof 96%
Duncan Hunter 76%
Asa Hutchinson 83%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 91%
Kay Hutchison 96%
Henry Hyde 76%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 100%
Daniel Inouye 23%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 28%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 72%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 90%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 4%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 4%
William Jefferson 13%
James Merrill Jeffords 36%
William Lewis Jenkins 91%
Christopher John 41%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 9%
Nancy Johnson 56%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 100%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 16%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 96%
Paul Kanjorski 16%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 18%
OH Governor John Kasich R 92%
Sue Kelly 56%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 12%
Patrick Kennedy 16%
Bob Kerrey 16%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 12%
Dale Kildee 20%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 8%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 8%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 64%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 100%
Gerald Kleczka 20%
Ronald Klink 20%
Joseph Knollenberg 80%
Herb Kohl 20%
James Kolbe 68%
Dennis Kucinich 16%
Steven Kuykendall 60%
Jon Kyl 100%
John LaFalce 12%
Ray LaHood 72%
Nicholas Lampson 24%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 16%
Tom Lantos 4%
Stephen Largent 95%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 12%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 88%
Steve LaTourette 68%
Frank Lautenberg 4%
Rick Lazio 63%
James Leach 58%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 8%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 4%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 12%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 8%
Jerry Lewis 64%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 4%
Ron Lewis 96%
Joe Lieberman 20%
Blanche Lincoln 20%
John Linder 87%
William Lipinski 37%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 64%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 4%
Trent Lott, Sr. 100%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 9%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 91%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas D 60%
Dick Lugar 84%
William Luther 16%
Connie Mack 92%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 12%
James Maloney 36%
Don Manzullo 95%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 4%
Matthew Martinez 76%
Frank Mascara 28%
Robert Matsui 4%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 81%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 24%
Karen McCarthy 4%
Bill McCollum 87%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 100%
James McCrery III 83%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 0%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 0%
John McHugh 73%
Scott McInnis 95%
David McIntosh 88%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 48%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 92%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 12%
Michael McNulty 17%
Martin Meehan 12%
Carrie Meek 8%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 8%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 8%
Jack Metcalf 86%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 88%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 8%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 8%
Dan Miller 88%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 100%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 12%
David Minge 20%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 16%
John Moakley 16%
Alan Mollohan 28%
Dennis Moore 24%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 12%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 92%
Constance Morella 29%
Patrick Moynihan 22%
Frank Murkowski 100%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 8%
Jack Murtha 24%
Sue Myrick 95%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 4%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 4%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 8%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 88%
Robert William Ney 83%
Don Nickles 100%
Anne Northup 72%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 100%
James Nussle 84%
Jim Oberstar 8%
Dave Obey 4%
John Olver 4%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 24%
Doug Ose 76%
Major Owens 0%
Michael Oxley 81%
Ronald Packard 84%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 12%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 20%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 8%
Ron Paul 76%
Donald Payne 0%
Edward Pease 84%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 8%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 32%
John Peterson 96%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 84%
David Phelps 32%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 100%
Owen Pickett 24%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 100%
Richard Pombo 100%
Earl Pomeroy 8%
John Edward Porter 52%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 87%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 4%
Deborah Pryce 80%
Jack Quinn 70%
George Radanovich 100%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 28%
James Ramstad 68%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 4%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 44%
Ralph Regula 76%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 12%
Silvestre Reyes 16%
Thomas Reynolds 84%
Bob Riley 91%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 8%
Charles Robb 16%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 92%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 4%
Ciro Rodriguez 12%
Timothy Roemer 37%
James Rogan 88%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 80%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 96%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 64%
William Roth, Jr. 86%
Steve Rothman 12%
Marge Roukema 68%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 8%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 100%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 0%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 88%
Jim Ryun 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 0%
AZ U.S. House-5 Matt Salmon R 91%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 17%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 4%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 33%
SC U.S. House-1 Mark Sanford, Jr. R 77%
Rick Santorum 100%
Paul Sarbanes 12%
OH State Senate-28 Thomas Sawyer D 4%
Jim Saxton 56%
Joe Scarborough 95%
Robert Schaffer 100%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 4%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 12%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 4%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 88%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 0%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 100%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 96%
John Shadegg 96%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 68%
Christopher Shays 60%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 100%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 20%
Donald Sherwood 75%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 80%
Ronnie Shows 69%
E.G. Shuster 82%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 88%
Norman Sisisky 44%
Joseph Skeen 84%
Ike Skelton 40%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 4%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 21%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 64%
Gordon Smith 84%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 96%
Nick Smith 91%
Bob Smith 100%
Olympia Snowe 80%
Vic Snyder 4%
Mark Souder 88%
Arlen Specter 62%
Floyd Spence 85%
John Spratt, Jr. 20%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 16%
Pete Stark 4%
Cliff Stearns 100%
Charles Stenholm 52%
Ted Stevens 92%
Ted Strickland 12%
Bob Stump 92%
Bart Stupak 22%
John Sununu 96%
John Sweeney 72%
James Talent 91%
Tom Tancredo 96%
John Tanner 36%
Ellen Tauscher 20%
William Tauzin 84%
Charles Taylor 92%
Gene Taylor 56%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 96%
Craig Thomas 92%
William Thomas 80%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 8%
Fred Thompson 92%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 8%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 88%
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 76%
Karen Thurman 20%
Strom Thurmond 100%
Todd Tiahrt 91%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 4%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 95%
Robert Torricelli 29%
Ed Towns 4%
James Traficant, Jr. 60%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 0%
James Turner 29%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 12%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 9%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 60%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 4%
Bruce Vento 0%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 12%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 88%
George Voinovich 64%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 88%
James Walsh 56%
Zach Wamp 87%
John Warner 92%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 0%
Wesley Watkins 87%
Mel Watt 8%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 88%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 4%
Anthony Weiner 8%
David Weldon 92%
W. Curtis Weldon 76%
Gerald Weller 66%
Paul Wellstone 4%
Robert Wexler 17%
Bob Weygand 16%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 87%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 84%
Heather Wilson 80%
Bob Wise, Jr. 27%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 72%
Lynn Woolsey 8%
David Wu 20%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 8%
Albert Wynn 12%
Bill Young 72%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 73%

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