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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2003 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 16%
Gary Ackerman 17%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 83%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 11%
Todd Akin 88%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 85%
Rodney Alexander 48%
Wayne Allard 70%
George Allen 85%
Thomas Allen 12%
Rob Andrews 16%
Joe Baca, Sr. 29%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 88%
Brian Baird 16%
Richard Hugh Baker 88%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 12%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 20%
Cass Ballenger 84%
J. Gresham Barrett 92%
Roscoe Bartlett 88%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 88%
Charlie Bass 64%
Max Baucus 15%
Evan Bayh 30%
Bob Beauprez 84%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 16%
Chris Bell 16%
Bob Bennett 80%
Douglas Bereuter 60%
Shelley Berkley 27%
Howard Berman 17%
Marion Berry 52%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 26%
Judy Biggert 60%
Michael Bilirakis 88%
Jeff Bingaman 10%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 88%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 44%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 16%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 88%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 16%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 88%
Sherwood Boehlert 48%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 84%
Kit Bond 80%
Henry Bonilla 88%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 88%
Mary Bono Mack 68%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 84%
Leonard Boswell 23%
Rick Boucher 28%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 10%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 38%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 72%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 84%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 21%
John Breaux 35%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 22%
Henry Brown, Jr. 88%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 16%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 80%
Ginny Brown-Waite 83%
Jim Bunning 85%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 88%
Conrad Burns 80%
Max Burns 88%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 84%
Dan Burton 92%
Steve Buyer 92%
Robert Byrd 30%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 88%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 84%
Ben Campbell 85%
Chris Cannon 88%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 88%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 15%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 68%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 16%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 16%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 20%
Dennis Cardoza 40%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 10%
Brad Carson 14%
Julia Carson 38%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 88%
Edward Case 28%
Mike Castle 40%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 35%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 90%
Chris Chocola 88%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 13%
Hillary Clinton 10%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 25%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 85%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 84%
Norm Coleman 85%
Michael Collins 88%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 35%
Kent Conrad 15%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 15%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 36%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 85%
Jon Corzine 15%
Jerry Costello 48%
Christopher Cox 88%
Larry Craig 90%
Robert Cramer 52%
Philip Crane 88%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 89%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 88%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 20%
Barbara Cubin 91%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 96%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 18%
Randall Cunningham 88%
Thomas Daschle 10%
Artur Davis 28%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 12%
James Davis 25%
Jo Ann Davis 80%
Lincoln Davis 61%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 12%
Thomas Davis III 68%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 84%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 25%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 17%
Bill Delahunt 12%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 20%
Thomas DeLay 88%
James DeMint 96%
Peter Deutsch 24%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 85%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 71%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 88%
Norm Dicks 20%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 28%
Chris Dodd 15%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 12%
Elizabeth Dole 80%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 85%
Calvin Dooley 40%
John Doolittle 74%
Byron Dorgan 10%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 42%
David Dreier 83%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 80%
Jennifer Dunn 71%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 10%
John Edwards 13%
Chet Edwards 40%
Vern Ehlers 68%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 24%
Jo Ann Emerson 95%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 20%
Philip English 68%
John Ensign 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 12%
Bob Etheridge 32%
Lane Evans 8%
Terry Everett 84%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 20%
Tom Feeney 96%
Russ Feingold 25%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 5%
Michael Ferguson 75%
Bob Filner 12%
Peter Fitzgerald 90%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 92%
Mark Foley 76%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 88%
Harold Ford, Jr. 40%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 82%
Barney Frank 16%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 88%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 64%
William Frist 90%
Jonas Frost III 20%
Elton Gallegly 84%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 96%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 33%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 72%
Jim Gibbons 80%
Wayne Gilchrest 62%
Paul Gillmor 72%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 84%
Charlie Gonzalez 20%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 84%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 84%
Bart Gordon 52%
Porter Goss 84%
Daniel Graham 21%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 80%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 83%

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.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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