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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2007 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 96%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 88%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 76%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 83%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 84%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 16%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 100%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
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 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 12%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 4%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 76%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 100%
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%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 4%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 0%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 4%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 85%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 4%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 48%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 0%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 4%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 96%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 12%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 96%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 56%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 96%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 100%
Neil Abercrombie 4%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 100%
Rodney Alexander 92%
Wayne Allard 96%
Thomas Allen 0%
Jason Altmire 28%
Rob Andrews 0%
Michael Arcuri 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
Michele Bachmann 100%
Spencer Bachus 92%
Brian Baird 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 100%
John Barrow 24%
Roscoe Bartlett 88%
Max Baucus 20%
Evan Bayh 12%
Melissa Bean 21%
Bob Bennett 75%
Shelley Berkley 8%
Howard Berman 4%
Marion Berry 8%
Judy Biggert 68%
Brian Bilbray 92%
Jeff Bingaman 4%
Tim Bishop 0%
Kit Bond 83%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 83%
Mary Bono Mack 65%
Dan Boren 57%
Leonard Boswell 8%
Rick Boucher 8%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 12%
Nancy Boyda 28%
Bruce Braley 0%
Paul Broun 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 96%
Ginny Brown-Waite 72%
Jim Bunning 92%
Dan Burton 96%
Steve Buyer 90%
Robert Byrd 8%
Dave Camp 96%
John Campbell III 92%
Chris Cannon 96%
Eric Cantor 100%
Dennis Cardoza 4%
Russ Carnahan 4%
Christopher Carney 28%
Mike Castle 20%
Saxby Chambliss 92%
Ben Chandler III 8%
Hillary Clinton 0%
Howard Coble 83%
Thomas Coburn 100%
Norm Coleman 64%
Kent Conrad 12%
Jerry Costello 16%
Larry Craig 90%
Robert Cramer 29%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Artur Davis 4%
David Davis 100%
Geoff Davis 96%
Lincoln Davis 38%
Thomas Davis III 60%
Bill Delahunt 0%
James DeMint 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
Norm Dicks 0%
John Dingell 0%
Chris Dodd 0%
Elizabeth Dole 92%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 79%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 12%
Thelma Drake 100%
David Dreier 88%
Chet Edwards 12%
Vern Ehlers 68%
Brad Ellsworth 36%
Jo Ann Emerson 60%
Philip English 64%
John Ensign 91%
Bob Etheridge 8%
Terry Everett 83%
Tom Feeney 96%
Russ Feingold 4%
Michael Ferguson 44%
Bob Filner 0%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 70%
Barney Frank 0%
Elton Gallegly 92%
Jim Gerlach 52%
Gabrielle Giffords 4%
Wayne Gilchrest 36%
Phil Gingrey 100%
Charlie Gonzalez 4%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 88%
Bart Gordon 20%
Judd Gregg 72%
Charles Hagel 79%
John Hall 0%
Ralph Hall 96%
Phil Hare 0%
Tom Harkin 8%
Jane Harman 0%
Doc Hastings 100%
Robert Hayes 79%
Wally Herger, Jr. 96%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 12%
Baron Hill 20%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
David Lee Hobson 78%
Paul Hodes 0%
Pete Hoekstra 92%
Thomas Holden 16%
Rush Holt, Jr. 0%
Darlene Hooley 0%
Kenny Hulshof 80%
Duncan Hunter 100%
Kay Hutchison 88%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 88%
Daniel Inouye 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
William Jefferson 4%
Tim Johnson 60%
Timothy Johnson 0%
Steve Kagen 4%
Paul Kanjorski 17%
Ric Keller 84%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Patrick Kennedy 0%
Dale Kildee 4%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
Jack Kingston 96%
Ron Klein 0%
Joseph Knollenberg 84%
Herb Kohl 0%

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