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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2005 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 12%
Gary Ackerman 4%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 92%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 8%
Todd Akin 100%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 88%
Rodney Alexander 92%
Wayne Allard 96%
George Allen 100%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 8%
Joe Baca, Sr. 32%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 92%
Brian Baird 9%
Richard Hugh Baker 92%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 100%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 40%
Roscoe Bartlett 84%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 92%
Charlie Bass 58%
Max Baucus 24%
Evan Bayh 20%
Melissa Bean 12%
Bob Beauprez 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
Bob Bennett 92%
Shelley Berkley 13%
Howard Berman 4%
Marion Berry 52%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 8%
Judy Biggert 60%
Michael Bilirakis 84%
Jeff Bingaman 13%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 45%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 96%
Sherwood Boehlert 36%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
Kit Bond 88%
Henry Bonilla 92%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 100%
Mary Bono Mack 71%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 96%
Dan Boren 64%
Leonard Boswell 32%
Rick Boucher 25%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 96%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 12%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 42%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 96%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 96%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Ginny Brown-Waite 87%
Jim Bunning 92%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 96%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92%
Dan Burton 96%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 12%
Steve Buyer 96%
Robert Byrd 20%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 100%
Chris Cannon 100%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 96%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 8%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 76%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
Dennis Cardoza 44%
Russ Carnahan 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 8%
Julia Carson 0%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 92%
Edward Case 12%
Mike Castle 28%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 12%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 96%
Ben Chandler III 36%
Chris Chocola 96%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 21%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 8%
Hillary Clinton 12%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 9%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 84%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 88%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 100%
Norm Coleman 64%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 32%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 96%
Kent Conrad 21%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 13%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 24%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 32%
Jerry Costello 40%
Larry Craig 96%
Robert Cramer 54%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 92%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 8%
Barbara Cubin 96%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 52%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 92%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
Artur Davis 28%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 4%
Geoff Davis 88%
James Davis 4%
Jo Ann Davis 84%
Lincoln Davis 64%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 0%
Thomas Davis III 57%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 16%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 96%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 12%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
Bill Delahunt 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
Thomas DeLay 88%
James DeMint 96%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 76%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 56%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 87%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 92%
Norm Dicks 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 12%
Chris Dodd 8%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 4%
Elizabeth Dole 96%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 91%
John Doolittle 92%
Byron Dorgan 17%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 16%
Thelma Drake 92%
David Dreier 84%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
Chet Edwards 36%
Vern Ehlers 64%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 0%
Jo Ann Emerson 88%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
Philip English 88%
John Ensign 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 4%
Bob Etheridge 16%
Lane Evans 0%
Terry Everett 96%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 8%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 4%
Tom Feeney 96%
Russ Feingold 13%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 12%
Michael Ferguson 76%
Bob Filner 4%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 60%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 96%
Mark Foley 63%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 92%
Harold Ford, Jr. 21%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 92%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 84%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 100%
Barney Frank 0%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 60%
William Frist 92%
Elton Gallegly 80%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 56%
Jim Gibbons 92%
Wayne Gilchrest 42%
Paul Gillmor 82%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 96%
Charlie Gonzalez 16%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 88%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 96%
Bart Gordon 40%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 80%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 96%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 16%
Mark Green 88%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 28%

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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