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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2003 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
John Ensign 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 100%
Don Nickles 100%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 100%
Zach Wamp 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 96%
James DeMint 96%
Tom Feeney 96%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 96%
Marilyn Musgrave 96%
Jim Ryun 96%
John Shadegg 96%
Jo Ann Emerson 95%
John Sununu 95%
J. Gresham Barrett 92%
Dan Burton 92%
Steve Buyer 92%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 92%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 92%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 92%
Richard Pombo 92%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 92%
Nick Smith 92%
Cliff Stearns 92%
Tom Tancredo 92%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 92%
Barbara Cubin 91%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 90%
Larry Craig 90%
Peter Fitzgerald 90%
William Frist 90%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 90%
Jon Kyl 90%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 90%
Rick Santorum 90%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 90%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 89%
Trent Lott, Sr. 89%
Todd Akin 88%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 88%
Richard Hugh Baker 88%
Roscoe Bartlett 88%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 88%
Michael Bilirakis 88%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 88%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 88%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 88%
Henry Bonilla 88%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 88%
Henry Brown, Jr. 88%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 88%
Max Burns 88%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 88%
Chris Cannon 88%
Eric Cantor 88%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 88%
Chris Chocola 88%
Michael Collins 88%
Christopher Cox 88%
Philip Crane 88%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 88%
Randall Cunningham 88%
Thomas DeLay 88%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 88%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 88%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 88%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 88%
David Lee Hobson 88%
Kenny Hulshof 88%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 88%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 88%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 88%
John Linder 88%
Don Manzullo 88%
Thaddeus McCotter 88%
James McCrery III 88%
Scott McInnis 88%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 88%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 88%
Sue Myrick 88%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 88%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 88%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 88%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 88%
Jon Porter, Sr. 88%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 88%
George Radanovich 88%
Ralph Regula 88%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 88%
Edward Schrock 88%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 88%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 88%
Mark Souder 88%
John Sullivan 88%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 88%
Todd Tiahrt 88%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 88%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 88%
David Weldon 88%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 87%
Bill Young 87%
Ric Keller 86%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 85%
George Allen 85%
Jim Bunning 85%
Ben Campbell 85%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 85%
Norm Coleman 85%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 85%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 85%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 85%
Judd Gregg 85%
James Talent 85%
Craig Thomas 85%
Cass Ballenger 84%
Bob Beauprez 84%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 84%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 84%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 84%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 84%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 84%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 84%
Terry Everett 84%
Elton Gallegly 84%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 84%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 84%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 84%
Porter Goss 84%
Mark Green 84%
Gilbert Gutknecht 84%
Katherine Harris 84%
Robert Hayes 84%
Wally Herger, Jr. 84%
John Nathan Hostettler 84%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 84%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 84%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 84%
William Lewis Jenkins 84%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 84%
Joseph Knollenberg 84%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 84%
Ron Lewis 84%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 84%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 84%
Anne Northup 84%
James Nussle 84%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 84%
Denny Rehberg 84%
Richard Renzi 84%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 84%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 84%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 84%
Donald Sherwood 84%
William Tauzin 84%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 84%
Gerald Weller 84%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 84%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 84%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 83%
Ginny Brown-Waite 83%
David Dreier 83%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 83%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 83%
Duncan Hunter 83%
Henry Hyde 83%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 83%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 83%
John Peterson 83%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 83%
George Voinovich 83%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 82%
Bob Bennett 80%
Kit Bond 80%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 80%
Conrad Burns 80%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 80%
Jo Ann Davis 80%
Elizabeth Dole 80%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 80%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 80%
Jim Gibbons 80%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 80%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
Melissa Hart 80%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 80%
Joel Hefley 80%
Mark Kennedy 80%
Jerry Lewis 80%
Dick Lugar 80%

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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