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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2004 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 74%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 95%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 84%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 96%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 88%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 92%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 96%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 20%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 96%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 72%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 96%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 0%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 4%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 4%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 91%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 4%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 8%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 16%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 4%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 12%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 8%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 84%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 96%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 80%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 96%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 95%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 96%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 35%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 4%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 96%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 30%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 96%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 8%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 72%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 96%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 92%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 92%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 63%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 88%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 0%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 4%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 92%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 92%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 96%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 96%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 88%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 88%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 32%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 96%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 28%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 8%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 12%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 4%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 68%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 20%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 0%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 8%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 88%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 76%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 92%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 84%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 96%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 52%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 12%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 96%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 92%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 92%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 87%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 8%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 87%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 87%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 79%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 12%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 88%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 60%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 92%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 76%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 8%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 60%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 54%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 4%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 4%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 67%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 4%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 8%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 96%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 21%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 71%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 88%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 8%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 88%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 17%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 68%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 96%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 96%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 80%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 9%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 4%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 68%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 96%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 12%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 92%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 25%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 40%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 92%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 96%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 13%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 11%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 92%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 88%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 13%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 100%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 96%

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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