Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2004 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office Name Party Rating
Todd Akin 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 100%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 100%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 100%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 100%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 100%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Chris Cannon 100%
Eric Cantor 100%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 100%
Christopher Cox 100%
Barbara Cubin 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 100%
Thomas DeLay 100%
James DeMint 100%
Tom Feeney 100%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 100%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 100%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 100%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
Doc Hastings 100%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 100%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 100%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 100%
Ric Keller 100%
Jon Kyl 100%
John Linder 100%
Don Manzullo 100%
Gary Miller 100%
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 100%
Marilyn Musgrave 100%
Sue Myrick 100%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 100%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 100%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 100%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 100%
Richard Pombo 100%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam R 100%
George Radanovich 100%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 100%
John Shadegg 100%
John Sullivan 100%
John Sununu 100%
Tom Tancredo 100%
Craig Thomas 100%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 100%
Wayne Allard 96%
Spencer Bachus 96%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 96%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 96%
Kit Bond 96%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr John Boozman R 96%
Henry Brown, Jr. 96%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 96%
Ginny Brown-Waite 96%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 96%
Steve Buyer 96%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 96%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 96%
Saxby Chambliss 96%
Chris Chocola 96%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 96%
Larry Craig 96%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 96%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 96%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 96%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 96%
Elton Gallegly 96%
Jim Gibbons 96%
Phil Gingrey 96%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 96%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 96%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 96%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 96%
Pete Hoekstra 96%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 96%
Jack Kingston 96%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 96%
Trent Lott, Sr. 96%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 96%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 96%
James McCrery III 96%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 96%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 96%
Michael Oxley 96%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 96%
Denny Rehberg 96%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 96%
Jim Ryun 96%
Rick Santorum 96%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 96%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 96%
Cliff Stearns 96%
James Talent 96%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 96%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr David Vitter R 96%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 96%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 95%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 95%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 95%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 95%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 92%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 92%
George Allen 92%
Roscoe Bartlett 92%
Bob Beauprez 92%
Michael Bilirakis 92%
Henry Bonilla 92%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 92%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 92%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 92%
Randall Cunningham 92%
Elizabeth Dole 92%
John Doolittle 92%
John Ensign 92%
Terry Everett 92%
William Frist 92%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 92%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 92%
Gilbert Gutknecht 92%
Katherine Harris 92%
Melissa Hart 92%
Joel Hefley 92%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 92%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 92%
Mark Kennedy 92%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 92%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 92%
Robert William Ney 92%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 92%
Thomas Reynolds 92%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 92%
Mike Rogers 92%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 92%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 92%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 92%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 92%
Ted Stevens 92%
Lee Terry 92%
Todd Tiahrt 92%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 91%
Kenny Hulshof 91%
William Lewis Jenkins 91%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 91%
David Weldon 91%
Richard Hugh Baker 88%
Bob Bennett 88%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 88%
Dave Camp 88%
Howard Coble 88%
Jo Ann Davis 88%
David Dreier 88%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 88%
Mark Green 88%
Judd Gregg 88%
Robert Hayes 88%
David Lee Hobson 88%
John Nathan Hostettler 88%
Jerry Lewis 88%
Thaddeus McCotter 88%
Buck McKeon 88%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 88%
Ralph Regula 88%
Richard Renzi 88%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 88%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 88%
Donald Sherwood 88%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 88%
Mark Souder 88%
Charles Taylor 88%
William Thomas 88%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 88%
Zach Wamp 88%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 88%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 87%
Charles Hagel 87%
Duncan Hunter 87%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 87%
Bill Young 87%
Norm Coleman 84%
Paul Gillmor 84%
Ralph Hall 84%
Kay Hutchison 84%
Joseph Knollenberg 84%
Ron Lewis 84%
Dick Lugar 84%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 84%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 84%
Thomas William Osborne 84%
Todd Platts 84%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 84%
Gerald Weller 84%
Heather Wilson 84%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 83%
Anne Northup 83%
John Peterson 83%
Deborah Pryce 83%
Thomas Davis III 80%
James Nussle 80%
Tom Petri 80%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 80%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 80%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 80%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 79%
W. Curtis Weldon 79%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 78%
Ron Paul 78%
NH State Senate-3 Jeb Bradley R 76%
Jo Ann Emerson 76%
Jon Porter, Sr. 76%
James Ramstad 76%
Gordon Smith 76%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 76%
George Voinovich 76%
Frank Wolf 76%
Henry Hyde 75%
Arlen Specter 75%
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 74%
WV U.S. Senate-Jr Shelley Capito R 72%
Tom Latham 72%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 72%
John Sweeney 72%
John Warner 72%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 71%
Ray LaHood 71%
Steve LaTourette 71%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 68%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 68%
Philip English 68%
Mark Foley 68%
Jim Gerlach 68%
Vern Ehlers 67%
Michael Ferguson 67%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 67%
James Walsh 67%
Judy Biggert 64%
Tim Johnson 64%
John McHugh 64%
Jim Saxton 64%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 63%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 60%
Mike McIntyre 60%
Olympia Snowe 60%
Charlie Bass 56%
Mary Bono Mack 56%
Lincoln Davis 56%
Wayne Gilchrest 56%
Nancy Johnson 56%
Sue Kelly 56%
James Kolbe 56%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 54%
Gene Taylor 54%
Mike Castle 52%
Ben Nelson 52%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 52%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
Robert Cramer 50%
Rodney Alexander 48%
Chet Edwards 48%
Thomas Holden 48%
Jim Marshall 48%
Jim Matheson 48%
Ike Skelton 48%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 46%
Mike Ross 44%
James Leach 43%
John Tanner 43%
Bart Gordon 42%
Linc Chafee 40%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 40%
Christopher Shays 38%
Marion Berry 36%
Jerry Costello 36%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 35%
Rick Boucher 32%
Mary Landrieu 32%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 31%
Jack Murtha 30%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 30%
Max Baucus 29%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 28%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 28%
Earl Pomeroy 28%
Nick Rahall II 28%
Silvestre Reyes 26%
Dennis Cardoza 25%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 25%
Artur Davis 24%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 24%
Alan Mollohan 24%
Jim Moran, Jr. 24%
Harold Ford, Jr. 21%
Paul Kanjorski 21%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 21%
Evan Bayh 20%
Leonard Boswell 20%
Edward Case 20%
Kent Conrad 20%
Byron Dorgan 20%
Bob Etheridge 20%
Charlie Gonzalez 20%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 20%
Blanche Lincoln 20%
Mike Michaud 20%
Dennis Moore 20%
Mark Pryor 20%
Vic Snyder 20%
John Spratt, Jr. 20%
Albert Wynn 20%
Brian Baird 17%
William Jefferson 17%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 17%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 17%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 17%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 16%
Darlene Hooley 16%
Dale Kildee 16%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 16%
Michael McNulty 16%
Bart Stupak 16%
Ellen Tauscher 16%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 13%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 13%
Norm Dicks 13%
Jane Harman 13%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 13%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 13%
Robert Matsui 13%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 13%
Joe Baca, Sr. 12%
Jeff Bingaman 12%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 12%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 12%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 12%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 12%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 12%
Carolyn McCarthy 12%
Jim Oberstar 12%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 12%
Jay Rockefeller IV 12%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 12%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 12%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 12%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 12%
David Wu 12%
Timothy Johnson 11%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 10%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 9%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 9%
Bob Filner 9%
Tom Lantos 9%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 9%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 9%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 9%
Thomas Allen 8%
Shelley Berkley 8%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 8%
Robert Byrd 8%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 8%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 8%
Russ Feingold 8%
Tom Harkin 8%
Daniel Inouye 8%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 8%
Patrick Kennedy 8%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 8%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 8%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 8%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 8%
Brad Miller 8%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 8%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 8%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 8%
Ted Strickland 8%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 8%
Mark Udall 8%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 8%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 8%
Lynn Woolsey 8%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 5%
Steve Rothman 5%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 5%
Gary Ackerman 4%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 4%
Tim Bishop 4%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 4%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 4%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 4%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 4%
Jon Corzine 4%
James Davis 4%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 4%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 4%
John Dingell 4%
Chris Dodd 4%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 4%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 4%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 4%
Lane Evans 4%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 4%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 4%
Barney Frank 4%
Rush Holt, Jr. 4%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 4%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 4%
James Merrill Jeffords 4%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 4%
Herb Kohl 4%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 4%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 4%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 4%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 4%
Martin Meehan 4%
George Miller 4%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 4%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 4%
Dave Obey 4%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 4%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 4%
Ed Pastor 4%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 4%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 4%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 4%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 4%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 4%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 4%
Anthony Weiner 4%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 4%
Neil Abercrombie 0%
Rob Andrews 0%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 0%
Howard Berman 0%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 0%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 0%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 0%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 0%
Julia Carson 0%
Hillary Clinton 0%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 0%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 0%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 0%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 0%
Bill Delahunt 0%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 0%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 0%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 0%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutiérrez D 0%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 0%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 0%
Dennis Kucinich 0%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 0%
Carl Levin 0%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 0%
Joe Lieberman 0%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 0%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 0%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 0%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 0%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 0%
John Olver 0%
Major Owens 0%
Donald Payne 0%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 0%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 0%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 0%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 0%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 0%
Paul Sarbanes 0%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 0%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano Other 0%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 0%
Hilda Solis 0%
Pete Stark 0%
John Tierney 0%
Ed Towns 0%
Diane Watson 0%
Mel Watt 0%
Henry Waxman 0%
Robert Wexler 0%

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