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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1997 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 86%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 92%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 96%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 96%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 80%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 8%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 4%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 32%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
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 92%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 28%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 92%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 13%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 13%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 17%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 19%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 76%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 92%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 88%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 96%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 29%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 4%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 96%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 20%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 12%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 76%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 88%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 88%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 29%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 68%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 96%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 88%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 96%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 80%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 16%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 25%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 12%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 12%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 12%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 48%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 8%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 0%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 12%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 84%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 80%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 8%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 4%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 52%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 56%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 80%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 16%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 16%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 80%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 8%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 88%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 60%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 13%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 68%
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 36%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 52%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 8%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 19%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 64%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 16%
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 8%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 9%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 12%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 92%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 87%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 32%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 88%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 8%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 68%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 95%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 92%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 8%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 28%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 36%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 96%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 92%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 88%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 16%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 12%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 88%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 13%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 42%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 16%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 16%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 68%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 8%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 80%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 13%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 84%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 13%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 12%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 92%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 4%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 20%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 28%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 88%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 80%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 20%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 8%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 21%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 88%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 76%
Gary Ackerman 13%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 4%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 8%
Rob Andrews 22%
Bill Archer 80%
Richard Armey 88%
John Ashcroft 100%
Henry Scott Baesler 36%
Richard Hugh Baker 92%
Cass Ballenger 83%
James Barcia 64%
Bob Barr, Jr. 96%
Bill Barrett 79%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Charlie Bass 80%
Herbert Bateman 64%
Max Baucus 4%
Bob Bennett 68%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 13%
Douglas Bereuter 68%
Howard Berman 9%
Marion Berry 44%
Brian Bilbray 76%
Michael Bilirakis 84%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Rod Blagojevich 16%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 75%
Sherwood Boehlert 32%
Kit Bond 76%
Henry Bonilla 95%
David Edward Bonior 12%
Robert Borski, Jr. 17%
Leonard Boswell 28%
Rick Boucher 8%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 44%
John Breaux 20%
George Brown, Jr. 4%
Richard Bryan 4%
Ed Bryant 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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