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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2000 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Wayne Allard 100%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Jim Bunning 100%
Chris Cannon 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
Christopher Cox 100%
Larry Craig 100%
Philip Crane 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
Barbara Cubin 100%
James DeMint 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
William Phillip Gramm 100%
Rodney Grams 100%
Judd Gregg 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 100%
Jesse Helms 100%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 100%
Jon Kyl 100%
Trent Lott, Sr. 100%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 100%
Frank Murkowski 100%
Don Nickles 100%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 100%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 100%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 100%
Richard Pombo 100%
George Radanovich 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 100%
Jim Ryun 100%
Rick Santorum 100%
Robert Schaffer 100%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 100%
Bob Smith 100%
Cliff Stearns 100%
Strom Thurmond 100%
John Ashcroft 96%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 96%
Ben Campbell 96%
Michael Collins 96%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 96%
Slade Gorton 96%
Porter Goss 96%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 96%
Kenny Hulshof 96%
Kay Hutchison 96%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 96%
Ron Lewis 96%
John Peterson 96%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 96%
John Shadegg 96%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 96%
John Sununu 96%
Tom Tancredo 96%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 96%
Bill Archer 95%
Bob Bennett 95%
Ed Bryant 95%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 95%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 95%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 95%
Peter Fitzgerald 95%
James Hansen 95%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 95%
Wally Herger, Jr. 95%
Stephen Largent 95%
Don Manzullo 95%
Scott McInnis 95%
Sue Myrick 95%
Joe Scarborough 95%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 95%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 92%
Richard Armey 92%
Kit Bond 92%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 92%
Randall Cunningham 92%
Jay Dickey 92%
David Dreier 92%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
William Frist 92%
Gilbert Gutknecht 92%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 92%
Rick Hill 92%
Van Hilleary 92%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 92%
Connie Mack 92%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 92%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 92%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 92%
Ted Stevens 92%
Bob Stump 92%
Charles Taylor 92%
Craig Thomas 92%
Fred Thompson 92%
John Warner 92%
David Weldon 92%
Cass Ballenger 91%
Dan Burton 91%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 91%
Thomas Ewing 91%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 91%
William Lewis Jenkins 91%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 91%
Bob Riley 91%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 91%
Nick Smith 91%
James Talent 91%
Todd Tiahrt 91%
Merrill Cook 90%
Terry Everett 90%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 90%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 88%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 88%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88%
Larry Combest 88%
Thomas DeLay 88%
John Doolittle 88%
Jennifer Dunn 88%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 88%
Jim Gibbons 88%
William Goodling 88%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 88%
Pete Hoekstra 88%
John Nathan Hostettler 88%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 88%
David McIntosh 88%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 88%
Dan Miller 88%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 88%
James Rogan 88%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 88%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 88%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 88%
Mark Souder 88%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 88%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 88%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 88%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 88%
Bill Barrett 87%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 87%
Conrad Burns 87%
George Gekas 87%
John Linder 87%
Bill McCollum 87%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 87%
Zach Wamp 87%
Wesley Watkins 87%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 87%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 86%
Jack Metcalf 86%
William Roth, Jr. 86%
Floyd Spence 85%
Steve Buyer 84%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 84%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 84%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 84%
Ernest Fletcher 84%
Tillie Fowler 84%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 84%
Mark Green 84%
Dick Lugar 84%
James Nussle 84%
Ronald Packard 84%
Edward Pease 84%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 84%
Thomas Reynolds 84%
Joseph Skeen 84%
Gordon Smith 84%
William Tauzin 84%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 84%
Asa Hutchinson 83%
James McCrery III 83%
Robert William Ney 83%
Herbert Bateman 82%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 82%
Henry Bonilla 82%
E.G. Shuster 82%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 81%
Michael Oxley 81%
Michael Bilirakis 80%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 80%
Jo Ann Emerson 80%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 80%
Joseph Knollenberg 80%
Deborah Pryce 80%

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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