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Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2001 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 91%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 91%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 96%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 100%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 96%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 8%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 68%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 12%
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 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 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 91%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 12%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 12%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 0%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 8%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 24%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 8%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 8%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 71%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 16%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 88%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 39%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 100%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 88%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 8%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 91%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 92%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 8%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 84%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 92%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 96%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 10%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 16%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 48%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 17%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 100%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 88%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 96%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 96%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 88%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 96%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 76%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 28%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 13%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 4%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 9%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 12%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 4%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 64%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 96%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 76%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 84%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 24%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 4%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 8%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 8%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 4%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 43%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 4%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 88%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 96%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 12%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 88%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 96%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 12%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 84%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 4%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 4%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 64%
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 60%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 56%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 16%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 20%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 60%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 16%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 4%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 84%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 0%
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 4%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 0%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 16%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 30%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 92%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 88%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 72%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 96%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 96%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 84%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 16%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 8%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 94%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 32%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 100%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 100%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 0%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 28%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 4%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 44%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 32%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 80%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 13%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 36%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 4%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 32%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 96%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 4%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 96%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 8%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 79%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 8%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 8%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 12%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 96%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 20%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 4%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 12%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 4%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 88%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 12%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 96%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 72%

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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