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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2000 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 16%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 100%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 81%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 28%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 4%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 72%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 96%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 92%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 92%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 100%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 88%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey 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%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 16%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 96%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 92%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 84%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88%
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. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 12%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 87%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 8%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 95%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 44%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 76%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 95%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 8%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 4%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 8%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 4%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 73%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 88%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 91%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 8%
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 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano 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%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 8%
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%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 4%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 88%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez 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%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 12%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 87%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 80%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 12%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 8%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 32%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 8%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 96%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 4%
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%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 64%
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, Working Families 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%
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%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 91%
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%
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%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 77%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 8%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
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%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 4%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 21%
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%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 96%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 92%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 28%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 4%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 80%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 84%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 12%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 8%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 95%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 8%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 8%
Neil Abercrombie 12%
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%
Spencer Bachus 88%
Brian Baird 12%
Richard Hugh Baker 75%
Cass Ballenger 91%
James Barcia 56%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 87%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Charlie Bass 75%
Herbert Bateman 82%
Max Baucus 16%
Evan Bayh 16%
Bob Bennett 95%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 8%
Douglas Bereuter 64%
Shelley Berkley 28%
Howard Berman 4%
Marion Berry 48%
Judy Biggert 68%
Brian Bilbray 68%
Michael Bilirakis 80%
Jeff Bingaman 16%
Rod Blagojevich 25%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 82%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
Kit Bond 92%
Henry Bonilla 82%
David Edward Bonior 8%
Mary Bono Mack 68%
Robert Borski, Jr. 16%
Leonard Boswell 41%
Rick Boucher 29%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 40%
John Breaux 40%
Richard Bryan 16%
Ed Bryant 95%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 87%

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.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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