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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2006 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 72%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 86%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 80%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 16%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 91%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 12%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 88%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 40%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 90%
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 88%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 76%
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 16%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 68%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 16%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 8%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 87%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 64%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 4%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 16%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 64%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 20%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 88%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 96%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 4%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 56%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 21%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 92%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 25%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 4%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 83%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 76%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 80%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 48%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 92%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 12%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 87%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal Republican 92%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 12%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 12%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 84%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 4%
Gary Ackerman 8%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 92%
Rodney Alexander 80%
Wayne Allard 88%
Thomas Allen 8%
Rob Andrews 16%
Joe Baca, Sr. 20%
Brian Baird 20%
Richard Hugh Baker 92%
J. Gresham Barrett 96%
Roscoe Bartlett 84%
Max Baucus 8%
Evan Bayh 16%
Melissa Bean 48%
Bob Bennett 72%
Shelley Berkley 13%
Howard Berman 8%
Marion Berry 56%
Judy Biggert 64%
Brian Bilbray 94%
Jeff Bingaman 8%
Kit Bond 80%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 88%
Mary Bono Mack 68%
Dan Boren 72%
Leonard Boswell 44%
Rick Boucher 36%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 63%
Henry Brown, Jr. 84%
Ginny Brown-Waite 88%
Jim Bunning 96%
Dan Burton 88%
Steve Buyer 83%
Robert Byrd 21%
Chris Cannon 90%
Dennis Cardoza 46%
Russ Carnahan 12%
Julia Carson 4%
Mike Castle 52%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Hillary Clinton 8%
Norm Coleman 68%
Kent Conrad 33%
Jerry Costello 48%
Larry Craig 88%
Robert Cramer 68%
Barbara Cubin 91%
Artur Davis 44%
Geoff Davis 84%
Jo Ann Davis 80%
Lincoln Davis 80%
Thomas Davis III 56%
Bill Delahunt 12%
James DeMint 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
Norm Dicks 8%
Chris Dodd 8%
Elizabeth Dole 96%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 75%
John Doolittle 84%
Byron Dorgan 12%
Thelma Drake 88%
David Dreier 72%
Chet Edwards 68%
Vern Ehlers 68%
Jo Ann Emerson 72%
Philip English 80%
John Ensign 100%
Bob Etheridge 44%
Terry Everett 88%
Tom Feeney 96%
Russ Feingold 8%
Michael Ferguson 64%
Bob Filner 12%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 75%
Barney Frank 12%
Elton Gallegly 84%
Wayne Gilchrest 48%
Paul Gillmor 84%
Charlie Gonzalez 16%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 88%
Bart Gordon 60%
Judd Gregg 72%
Jane Harman 12%
J. Dennis Hastert 88%
Robert Hayes 88%
Wally Herger, Jr. 92%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 60%
Maurice Hinchey 4%
David Lee Hobson 76%
Pete Hoekstra 92%
Thomas Holden 64%
Darlene Hooley 24%
Kenny Hulshof 80%
Duncan Hunter 88%
Kay Hutchison 84%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 84%
Daniel Inouye 8%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 4%
William Jefferson 35%
Tim Johnson 76%
Paul Kanjorski 29%
Ric Keller 88%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Patrick Kennedy 10%
Dale Kildee 20%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 4%
Joseph Knollenberg 75%
Herb Kohl 16%
Dennis Kucinich 4%
John Kuhl, Jr. 83%
Jon Kyl 92%
Ray LaHood 80%
Tom Lantos 9%
Steve LaTourette 72%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
Jerry Lewis 67%
Ron Lewis 84%
Joe Lieberman 17%
Blanche Lincoln 8%
John Linder 96%
Trent Lott, Sr. 88%
Dick Lugar 64%
Dan Lungren 84%
Connie Mack IV 84%
Don Manzullo 91%
Jim Marshall 72%
Melquiades Martinez 84%
Thaddeus McCotter 83%
James McCrery III 88%
John McHugh 75%
Michael McNulty 20%
Martin Meehan 0%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 8%

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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