Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2003 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 26%
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 70%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 75%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 90%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Pryor D 30%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 84%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 75%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 92%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 5%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 10%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 18%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 10%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 20%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 90%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 84%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 80%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 15%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 89%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 10%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 58%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 90%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 28%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 84%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 20%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 88%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 12%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 15%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 20%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 35%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 25%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 20%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 88%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 85%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 88%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 84%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 20%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 12%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 21%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 10%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 16%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 84%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 84%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 15%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 92%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 20%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 90%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 15%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 85%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 85%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 80%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 16%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 20%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 10%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 15%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 12%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 15%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 80%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 79%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 88%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 83%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 88%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 12%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 25%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 88%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 28%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 12%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 12%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 12%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 12%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 12%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 17%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 20%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 88%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 16%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 76%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 16%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 9%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 87%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 12%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 17%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 16%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 12%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 88%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 12%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 88%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 17%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 12%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 84%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 83%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 12%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 17%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 20%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 20%
FL U.S. House-1 Jefferson Miller R 92%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 88%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 22%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 88%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 17%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 88%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 78%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 88%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 44%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 13%
GA U.S. House-11 Phil Gingrey R 84%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 32%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 84%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 88%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 92%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 12%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 12%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 12%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 12%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 80%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 24%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 84%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 84%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 24%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 12%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 12%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 16%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 33%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 24%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 20%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 18%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 16%
ME U.S. House-2 Mike Michaud D 40%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 84%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 76%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 84%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 20%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 83%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 28%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 15%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 84%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 12%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 50%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 13%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 83%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 20%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 92%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 24%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 80%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 48%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 76%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 64%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 71%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 96%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 20%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 24%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 64%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 8%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 88%
NY U.S. House-1 Tim Bishop D 16%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 72%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 20%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 24%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 16%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 14%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 12%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 16%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 19%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 20%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 23%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 20%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 16%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 12%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 96%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 84%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 28%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 88%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 84%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 32%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 92%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 84%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 76%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 16%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 25%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 21%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 20%
PA U.S. House-6 Jim Gerlach R 72%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 88%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 42%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 88%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 88%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 24%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 84%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 25%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 80%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 36%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 88%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 88%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 72%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 88%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 88%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 96%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 84%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 80%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 88%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 36%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 12%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 83%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 88%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 88%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 36%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 20%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 88%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 88%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 12%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 88%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 36%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 12%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 88%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 84%
VA U.S. House-7 Eric Cantor R 88%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 88%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 80%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 32%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 88%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 12%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 24%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 84%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 20%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 80%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 80%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 68%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 44%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 84%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 16%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 88%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 80%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 20%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 35%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 20%
NH State Senate-3 Jeb Bradley R 72%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 85%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 13%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 88%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas D 68%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 24%
PA Commissioner-At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 20%
Gary Ackerman 17%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 11%
Todd Akin 88%
Rodney Alexander 48%
Wayne Allard 70%
George Allen 85%
Thomas Allen 12%
Rob Andrews 16%
Joe Baca, Sr. 29%
Brian Baird 16%
Richard Hugh Baker 88%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 20%
Cass Ballenger 84%
J. Gresham Barrett 92%
Roscoe Bartlett 88%
Charlie Bass 64%
Max Baucus 15%
Evan Bayh 30%
Bob Beauprez 84%
Chris Bell 16%
Bob Bennett 80%
Douglas Bereuter 60%
Shelley Berkley 27%
Howard Berman 17%
Marion Berry 52%
Judy Biggert 60%
Michael Bilirakis 88%
Jeff Bingaman 10%
Sherwood Boehlert 48%
Kit Bond 80%
Henry Bonilla 88%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 88%
Mary Bono Mack 68%
Leonard Boswell 23%
Rick Boucher 28%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 38%
John Breaux 35%
Henry Brown, Jr. 88%
Ginny Brown-Waite 83%
Jim Bunning 85%
Conrad Burns 80%
Max Burns 88%
Dan Burton 92%
Steve Buyer 92%
Robert Byrd 30%
Ben Campbell 85%
Chris Cannon 88%
Dennis Cardoza 40%
Brad Carson 14%
Julia Carson 38%
Edward Case 28%
Mike Castle 40%
Chris Chocola 88%
Hillary Clinton 10%
Norm Coleman 85%
Michael Collins 88%
Kent Conrad 15%
Jon Corzine 15%
Jerry Costello 48%
Christopher Cox 88%
Larry Craig 90%
Robert Cramer 52%
Philip Crane 88%
Barbara Cubin 91%
Randall Cunningham 88%
Thomas Daschle 10%
Artur Davis 28%
James Davis 25%
Jo Ann Davis 80%
Lincoln Davis 61%
Thomas Davis III 68%
Bill Delahunt 12%
Thomas DeLay 88%
James DeMint 96%
Peter Deutsch 24%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 71%
Norm Dicks 20%
Chris Dodd 15%
Elizabeth Dole 80%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 85%
Calvin Dooley 40%
John Doolittle 74%
Byron Dorgan 10%
David Dreier 83%
Jennifer Dunn 71%
John Edwards 13%
Chet Edwards 40%
Vern Ehlers 68%
Jo Ann Emerson 95%
Philip English 68%
John Ensign 100%
Bob Etheridge 32%
Lane Evans 8%
Terry Everett 84%
Tom Feeney 96%
Russ Feingold 25%
Michael Ferguson 75%
Bob Filner 12%
Peter Fitzgerald 90%
Mark Foley 76%
Harold Ford, Jr. 40%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 82%
Barney Frank 16%
William Frist 90%
Jonas Frost III 20%
Elton Gallegly 84%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 33%
Jim Gibbons 80%
Wayne Gilchrest 62%
Paul Gillmor 72%
Charlie Gonzalez 20%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 84%
Bart Gordon 52%
Porter Goss 84%
Daniel Graham 21%
Mark Green 84%
James Greenwood 56%
Judd Gregg 85%
Gilbert Gutknecht 84%
Jane Harman 16%
Katherine Harris 84%
Melissa Hart 80%
J. Dennis Hastert 75%
Robert Hayes 84%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 83%
Joel Hefley 80%
Wally Herger, Jr. 84%
Baron Hill 40%
Maurice Hinchey 12%
David Lee Hobson 88%
Pete Hoekstra 77%
Thomas Holden 60%
Ernest Hollings 21%
Darlene Hooley 25%
John Nathan Hostettler 84%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 43%
Kenny Hulshof 88%
Duncan Hunter 83%
Kay Hutchison 75%
Henry Hyde 83%
Daniel Inouye 15%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 84%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 12%
William Janklow 76%
William Jefferson 32%
James Merrill Jeffords 10%
William Lewis Jenkins 84%
Christopher John 54%
Nancy Johnson 52%
Tim Johnson 60%
Paul Kanjorski 36%
Ric Keller 86%
Sue Kelly 60%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 10%
Mark Kennedy 80%
Patrick Kennedy 25%
Dale Kildee 32%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 16%
Gerald Kleczka 20%
Joseph Knollenberg 84%
Herb Kohl 25%
James Kolbe 56%
Dennis Kucinich 24%
Jon Kyl 90%
Ray LaHood 72%
Nicholas Lampson 28%
Tom Lantos 8%
Steve LaTourette 72%
Frank Lautenberg 15%
James Leach 44%
Jerry Lewis 80%
Ron Lewis 84%
Joe Lieberman 0%
Blanche Lincoln 20%
John Linder 88%
William Lipinski 46%
Trent Lott, Sr. 89%
Dick Lugar 80%
Denise Majette 20%
Don Manzullo 88%
Jim Marshall 24%
Robert Matsui 20%
Karen McCarthy 13%
Thaddeus McCotter 88%
James McCrery III 88%
John McHugh 67%
Scott McInnis 88%
Michael McNulty 28%
Martin Meehan 20%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 23%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 14%
Brad Miller 12%
Zell Bryan Miller 75%
Alan Mollohan 50%
Dennis Moore 28%
Jack Murtha 56%
Marilyn Musgrave 96%
Sue Myrick 88%
Ben Nelson 42%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 84%
Robert William Ney 80%
Don Nickles 100%
Anne Northup 84%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 92%
James Nussle 84%
Jim Oberstar 44%
Dave Obey 24%
John Olver 16%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 56%
Thomas William Osborne 76%
Doug Ose 72%
Major Owens 12%
Michael Oxley 80%
Ron Paul 75%
Donald Payne 17%
John Peterson 83%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 83%
Todd Platts 76%
Richard Pombo 92%
Earl Pomeroy 36%
Jon Porter, Sr. 88%
Deborah Pryce 72%
Jack Quinn 71%
George Radanovich 88%
James Ramstad 56%
Ralph Regula 88%
Denny Rehberg 84%
Richard Renzi 84%
Silvestre Reyes 36%
Thomas Reynolds 80%
Ciro Rodriguez 21%
Mike Ross 44%
Steve Rothman 20%
Jim Ryun 96%
Martin Olav Sabo 17%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 40%
Rick Santorum 90%
Paul Sarbanes 10%
Jim Saxton 72%
Edward Schrock 88%
John Shadegg 96%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 76%
Christopher Shays 48%
Donald Sherwood 84%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 48%
Ike Skelton 64%
Gordon Smith 78%
Nick Smith 92%
Olympia Snowe 45%
Vic Snyder 13%
Hilda Solis 12%
Mark Souder 88%
Arlen Specter 65%
John Spratt, Jr. 33%
Pete Stark 12%
Cliff Stearns 92%
Charles Stenholm 56%
Ted Stevens 70%
Ted Strickland 28%
Bart Stupak 42%
John Sullivan 88%
John Sununu 95%
John Sweeney 72%
James Talent 85%
Tom Tancredo 92%
John Tanner 48%
Ellen Tauscher 12%
William Tauzin 84%
Charles Taylor 76%
Gene Taylor 68%
Craig Thomas 85%
William Thomas 76%
Todd Tiahrt 88%
Ed Towns 18%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 16%
James Turner 50%
George Voinovich 83%
James Walsh 75%
Zach Wamp 100%
John Warner 80%
Diane Watson 17%
Mel Watt 12%
Anthony Weiner 17%
David Weldon 88%
W. Curtis Weldon 71%
Gerald Weller 84%
Robert Wexler 16%
Heather Wilson 72%
Lynn Woolsey 12%
David Wu 16%
Albert Wynn 20%
Bill Young 87%

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