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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2000 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 73%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 88%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 88%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 100%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 91%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 8%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 81%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 96%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 28%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 4%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 8%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 12%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 12%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 8%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 9%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 64%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 84%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 4%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 91%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 72%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 96%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 12%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 88%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 96%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 4%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 88%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 9%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 80%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 12%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 92%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 92%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 87%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 80%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 100%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 16%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 88%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 12%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 8%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 8%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 76%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 8%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 84%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 8%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 16%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 12%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 16%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 32%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 96%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 8%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 92%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 84%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 16%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 88%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 12%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 96%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 4%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 86%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 48%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 96%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 12%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 20%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 56%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 16%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 8%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 9%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 64%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 24%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 22%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 4%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 12%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 87%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 18%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 87%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 80%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 92%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 91%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 95%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 88%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 8%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 8%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 12%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 100%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 95%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 8%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 44%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 12%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 77%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 8%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 16%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 76%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 12%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 95%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 4%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 12%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 72%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 8%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 4%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 92%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 21%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 8%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 28%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 88%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 8%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 88%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 84%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 4%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 8%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 28%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 4%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 92%
Gary Ackerman 13%
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%
Brian Baird 12%
Richard Hugh Baker 75%
Cass Ballenger 91%
James Barcia 56%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 87%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

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