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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2003 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 26%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 70%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 75%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 90%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 30%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 84%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 75%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 92%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 5%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 10%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 18%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 10%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 20%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 90%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 84%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 15%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 89%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 10%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 58%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 90%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 28%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 84%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 20%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 88%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 12%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 15%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 20%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 35%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 25%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 20%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 88%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 85%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 88%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 84%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 20%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 12%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 21%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 10%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 16%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 84%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 84%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 15%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 92%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 20%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 90%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 15%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 85%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 85%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 80%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 16%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 20%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 10%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 15%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 12%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 15%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 80%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 79%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 88%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 83%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 88%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 12%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 25%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 28%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 76%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 87%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 12%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 17%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 20%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 22%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 17%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 78%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 88%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 44%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 13%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 84%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 32%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 84%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 88%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 92%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 12%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 12%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 12%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 12%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 80%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 24%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 84%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 84%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 24%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 12%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 12%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 16%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 33%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 24%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 20%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 18%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 16%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 40%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 84%
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 20%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 83%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 28%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 15%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 84%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 12%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 13%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 83%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 20%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 24%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 80%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 48%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 76%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 71%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 96%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 20%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 24%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 8%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 88%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 72%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 24%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 19%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 23%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 12%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 84%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 28%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 88%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 84%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 32%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 92%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 84%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 76%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 16%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 25%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 21%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 72%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 88%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 42%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 88%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 88%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 24%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 84%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 25%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 80%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 36%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 72%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 36%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 12%

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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