Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2002 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 86%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 89%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 90%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 92%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 100%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 96%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 78%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 96%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 0%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 20%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 5%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 8%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 4%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 0%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 0%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 0%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 0%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 0%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 0%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 12%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 88%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 8%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 4%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 100%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 0%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 5%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 0%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 100%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 0%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 92%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 0%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 4%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 96%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 96%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 8%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 4%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 0%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 0%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 0%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 25%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 30%
FL U.S. House-1 Jefferson Miller R 100%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 96%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 0%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 96%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 0%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 88%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 96%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 100%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 96%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 96%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 40%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 100%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 12%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 95%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 15%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 88%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 94%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 92%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 96%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 0%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 76%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 0%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 0%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 0%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 0%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 100%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 12%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 100%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 100%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 96%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 100%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 100%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 100%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 88%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas D 84%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 35%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 100%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 4%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 4%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 0%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 0%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 4%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 13%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 0%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 0%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 4%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 0%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 55%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 0%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 0%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 96%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 92%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 92%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 0%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 4%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 0%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 4%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 48%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 11%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 100%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 4%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 100%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 90%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 100%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 8%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 10%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 95%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 20%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 96%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 96%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 0%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 92%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 48%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 88%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 8%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 80%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 80%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 4%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 12%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 80%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 8%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 0%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 10%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 10%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 83%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 32%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 32%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 4%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 0%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 0%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 4%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 0%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 8%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 0%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 12%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 4%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 0%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 4%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 92%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 96%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 88%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 18%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 96%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 95%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 100%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 96%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 15%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 96%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 4%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 12%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 100%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 4%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 0%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 96%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 8%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 100%
PA Commissioner-At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 4%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 0%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 8%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 53%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 83%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 92%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 0%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 15%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 92%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 100%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 88%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 96%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 100%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 100%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 96%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 92%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 20%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 4%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 96%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 16%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 0%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 100%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 4%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 95%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 40%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 4%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 100%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 100%
VA U.S. House-7 Eric Cantor R 100%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 21%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 92%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 0%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 0%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 10%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 25%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 24%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 92%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 0%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 23%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 4%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 0%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 96%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 8%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 92%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 80%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 15%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 76%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 24%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 100%
Gary Ackerman 4%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 100%
Wayne Allard 100%
George Allen 84%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 8%
Joe Baca, Sr. 13%
Brian Baird 12%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 96%
Roscoe Bartlett 96%
Charlie Bass 80%
Max Baucus 37%
Evan Bayh 30%
Bob Bennett 100%
Douglas Bereuter 72%
Shelley Berkley 16%
Howard Berman 10%
Marion Berry 32%
Judy Biggert 84%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 17%
Sherwood Boehlert 64%
Kit Bond 84%
Henry Bonilla 92%
Mary Bono Mack 71%
Leonard Boswell 32%
Rick Boucher 21%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 40%
John Breaux 42%
Henry Brown, Jr. 96%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 91%
Robert Byrd 15%
Ben Campbell 88%
Chris Cannon 95%
Brad Carson 40%
Julia Carson 0%
Mike Castle 76%
Hillary Clinton 10%
Michael Collins 100%
Larry Combest 94%
Kent Conrad 10%
Jon Corzine 5%
Jerry Costello 36%
Christopher Cox 96%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 56%
Philip Crane 100%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Randall Cunningham 96%
Thomas Daschle 22%
James Davis 24%
Jo Ann Davis 96%
Thomas Davis III 88%
Bill Delahunt 0%
Thomas DeLay 92%
James DeMint 100%
Peter Deutsch 12%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 88%
Norm Dicks 13%
Chris Dodd 5%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 88%
Calvin Dooley 24%
John Doolittle 91%
Byron Dorgan 20%
David Dreier 84%
Jennifer Dunn 92%
John Edwards 30%
Chet Edwards 36%
Vern Ehlers 80%
Jo Ann Emerson 96%
Philip English 92%
John Ensign 85%
Bob Etheridge 24%
Lane Evans 0%
Terry Everett 100%
Russ Feingold 5%
Michael Ferguson 84%
Bob Filner 0%
Peter Fitzgerald 85%
Ernest Fletcher 92%
Mark Foley 92%
Harold Ford, Jr. 24%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 92%
Barney Frank 8%
William Frist 100%
Jonas Frost III 4%
Elton Gallegly 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 8%
Jim Gibbons 92%
Wayne Gilchrest 78%
Paul Gillmor 88%
Charlie Gonzalez 0%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 96%
Bart Gordon 40%
Porter Goss 84%
Daniel Graham 20%
Mark Green 88%
James Greenwood 78%
Judd Gregg 85%
Gilbert Gutknecht 100%
Jane Harman 36%
Melissa Hart 96%
Robert Hayes 96%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 100%
Baron Hill 28%
Maurice Hinchey 4%
David Lee Hobson 88%
Pete Hoekstra 92%
Thomas Holden 40%
Ernest Hollings 15%
Darlene Hooley 12%
John Nathan Hostettler 84%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 62%
Kenny Hulshof 96%
Duncan Hunter 88%
Kay Hutchison 100%
Henry Hyde 88%
Daniel Inouye 0%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 92%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
William Jefferson 20%
James Merrill Jeffords 6%
William Lewis Jenkins 100%
Christopher John 46%
Nancy Johnson 56%
Tim Johnson 76%
Paul Kanjorski 24%
Ric Keller 100%
Sue Kelly 88%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Mark Kennedy 96%
Patrick Kennedy 8%
Dale Kildee 8%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
Gerald Kleczka 4%
Joseph Knollenberg 88%
Herb Kohl 15%
James Kolbe 80%
Dennis Kucinich 0%
Jon Kyl 100%
Ray LaHood 92%
Nicholas Lampson 21%
Tom Lantos 4%
Steve LaTourette 76%
James Leach 56%
Jerry Lewis 88%
Ron Lewis 96%
Joe Lieberman 20%
Blanche Lincoln 40%
John Linder 100%
William Lipinski 32%
Trent Lott, Sr. 100%
Dick Lugar 90%
Don Manzullo 100%
Robert Matsui 0%
Karen McCarthy 0%
James McCrery III 92%
John McHugh 79%
Scott McInnis 100%
Michael McNulty 12%
Martin Meehan 9%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 0%
Zell Bryan Miller 47%
Alan Mollohan 24%
Dennis Moore 20%
Jack Murtha 32%
Sue Myrick 96%
Ben Nelson 55%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 92%
Robert William Ney 92%
Don Nickles 100%
Anne Northup 88%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 96%
James Nussle 92%
Jim Oberstar 4%
Dave Obey 8%
John Olver 0%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 25%
Thomas William Osborne 80%
Doug Ose 84%
Major Owens 4%
Michael Oxley 96%
Ron Paul 76%
Donald Payne 0%
John Peterson 100%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 100%
Todd Platts 88%
Richard Pombo 96%
Earl Pomeroy 32%
Deborah Pryce 88%
Jack Quinn 64%
George Radanovich 88%
James Ramstad 92%
Ralph Regula 88%
Denny Rehberg 100%
Silvestre Reyes 19%
Thomas Reynolds 92%
Ciro Rodriguez 0%
Mike Ross 32%
Steve Rothman 12%
Jim Ryun 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 0%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 40%
Rick Santorum 95%
Paul Sarbanes 0%
Jim Saxton 92%
Edward Schrock 100%
John Shadegg 100%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 88%
Christopher Shays 76%
Donald Sherwood 96%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 68%
Ike Skelton 32%
Gordon Smith 75%
Nick Smith 92%
Olympia Snowe 65%
Vic Snyder 12%
Hilda Solis 0%
Mark Souder 88%
Arlen Specter 50%
John Spratt, Jr. 16%
Pete Stark 0%
Cliff Stearns 96%
Charles Stenholm 50%
Ted Stevens 83%
Ted Strickland 12%
Bart Stupak 16%
John Sununu 92%
John Sweeney 88%
Tom Tancredo 100%
John Tanner 39%
Ellen Tauscher 8%
William Tauzin 96%
Charles Taylor 96%
Gene Taylor 48%
Craig Thomas 100%
William Thomas 80%
Todd Tiahrt 96%
Ed Towns 4%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 0%
James Turner 32%
George Voinovich 90%
James Walsh 75%
Zach Wamp 96%
John Warner 79%
Diane Watson 0%
Mel Watt 4%
Anthony Weiner 8%
David Weldon 100%
W. Curtis Weldon 79%
Gerald Weller 92%
Robert Wexler 9%
Heather Wilson 84%
Lynn Woolsey 0%
David Wu 16%
Albert Wynn 8%
Bill Young 96%

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