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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2001 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 12%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 100%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 96%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 68%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 92%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 12%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 24%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 16%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 88%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 92%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 48%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 100%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 88%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 96%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey 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%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 8%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 96%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 88%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 96%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88%
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. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 16%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 88%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 96%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 8%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 4%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 80%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 96%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 8%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 8%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 4%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 12%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 76%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 91%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 91%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 8%
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 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 4%
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%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 8%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
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%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 39%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 0%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 84%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 10%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez 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%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 17%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 96%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 88%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 13%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 9%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 76%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 4%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 4%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 43%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 88%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 12%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 4%
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%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 84%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 8%
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, Working Families 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%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 30%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 92%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas 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%
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 Democratic 32%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 28%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
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%
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%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 12%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 20%
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%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 96%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 96%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 4%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 4%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 0%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 72%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 4%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam Republican 88%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 0%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 0%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 86%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 4%
Neil Abercrombie 8%
Gary Ackerman 4%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 13%
Todd Akin 100%
Wayne Allard 100%
George Allen 96%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 20%
Richard Armey 96%
Joe Baca, Sr. 24%
Spencer Bachus 96%
Brian Baird 12%
Richard Hugh Baker 96%
Cass Ballenger 88%
James Barcia 48%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 88%
Charlie Bass 60%
Max Baucus 28%
Evan Bayh 32%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 24%
Douglas Bereuter 72%
Shelley Berkley 12%
Howard Berman 4%
Marion Berry 52%
Judy Biggert 56%
Michael Bilirakis 84%
Jeff Bingaman 29%

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