Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2008 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 58%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 71%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 84%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 84%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 50%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 92%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr John Boozman R 84%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 63%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 100%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 8%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 100%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 4%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 4%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 8%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 0%
CA U.S. House-9 Jerry McNerney D 13%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 0%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 4%
CA U.S. House-14 Jackie Speier D 0%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 9%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 0%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 0%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 0%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 0%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 100%
CA U.S. House-23 Kevin McCarthy R 100%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 0%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 4%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 9%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 8%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 8%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 8%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 100%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 8%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 83%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 0%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 8%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 96%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 100%
CA U.S. House-50 Duncan Hunter R 91%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 0%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 0%
CO U.S. House-5 Doug Lamborn R 100%
CO U.S. House-7 Ed Perlmutter D 0%
CT U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Murphy D 0%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 0%
CT U.S. House-2 Joe Courtney D 8%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 0%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 0%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 8%
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 100%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 90%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 0%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 100%
FL U.S. House-12 Gus Bilirakis R 88%
FL U.S. House-14 Kathy Castor D 9%
FL U.S. House-16 Vern Buchanan R 60%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 0%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 0%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 52%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 32%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam R 83%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 76%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 4%
GA U.S. House-3 Lynn Westmoreland R 100%
GA U.S. House-4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 8%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 4%
GA U.S. House-6 Tom Price R 100%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 4%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 100%
HI U.S. Senate-Jr Mazie Hirono D 4%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 76%
IA U.S. House-2 Dave Loebsack D 0%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 96%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 88%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 80%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 4%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 48%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 13%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 8%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutiérrez D 0%
IL U.S. House-6 Peter Roskam R 96%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 0%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 0%
IL U.S. House-11 Bill Foster D 13%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 91%
IN U.S. Senate-Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. D 28%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 8%
IN U.S. House-7 André Carson D 4%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 100%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 72%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 92%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 76%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 80%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 78%
KY U.S. House-3 John Yarmuth D 4%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 84%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr David Vitter R 84%
LA U.S. House-1 Steve Scalise R 100%
LA U.S. House-3 Charles Boustany, Jr. R 83%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 0%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 0%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 0%
MA U.S. House-3 Niki Tsongas D 0%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 4%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 8%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 0%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 8%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 4%
MD U.S. House-3 John Sarbanes D 0%
MD U.S. House-4 Donna Edwards D 7%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 0%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 5%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 0%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 20%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 4%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 44%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 0%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 63%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 9%
MN U.S. Senate-Sr Amy Klobuchar DFL 16%
MN U.S. House-1 Tim Walz DFL 20%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 88%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 0%
MN U.S. House-5 Keith Ellison DFL 0%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 20%
MO U.S. Senate-Sr Claire McCaskill D 20%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 88%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 8%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 4%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 88%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 68%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 80%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 8%
MT U.S. Senate-Sr Jon Tester D 16%
NA President Barack Obama II D 17%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 4%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 79%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 12%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 58%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 0%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 100%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 100%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 84%
NE U.S. House-3 Adrian Smith R 96%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 4%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 52%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 28%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 100%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 0%
NJ U.S. House-8 Albio Sires D 0%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 4%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 80%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 12%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 16%
NV U.S. Senate-Jr Dean Heller R 80%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 4%
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 23%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 50%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 0%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 0%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 0%
NY U.S. House-9 Yvette Clarke D 0%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 0%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 0%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 0%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 0%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano Other 8%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 0%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 0%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 0%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 4%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 8%
OH U.S. House-4 Jim Jordan R 100%
OH U.S. House-5 Bob Latta R 96%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 92%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 13%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 63%
OH U.S. House-11 Marcia Fudge D 0%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 72%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 4%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 96%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 96%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 88%
OK Governor Mary Fallin R 92%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 8%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 75%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 12%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 20%
PA U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 8%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 0%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 0%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 92%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 0%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 56%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 100%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 48%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 4%
RI U.S. Senate-Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 8%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 0%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 82%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 92%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 0%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 84%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 72%
TN U.S. Senate-Jr Robert Corker R 83%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 84%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 20%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 96%
TN U.S. House-9 Steve Cohen D 0%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 79%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 96%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 96%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 96%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 100%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 96%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 100%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 86%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 4%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 96%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 92%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 92%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 92%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 9%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 4%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 96%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 88%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 100%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 96%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 12%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 26%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 0%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 96%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 92%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 8%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 80%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 100%
VA U.S. House-1 Rob Wittman R 92%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 8%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 91%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 96%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 4%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 8%
VT U.S. House-At-Large Peter Welch D 8%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 0%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 12%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 0%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 92%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 8%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 56%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 4%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 12%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 0%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 84%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 8%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 4%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 96%
WV U.S. Senate-Jr Shelley Capito R 48%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 96%
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 96%
Neil Abercrombie 8%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 96%
Rodney Alexander 84%
Jason Altmire 24%
Rob Andrews 0%
Michael Arcuri 4%
Joe Baca, Sr. 8%
Michele Bachmann 100%
Spencer Bachus 84%
Brian Baird 4%
J. Gresham Barrett 96%
John Barrow 24%
Roscoe Bartlett 96%
Max Baucus 8%
Evan Bayh 29%
Melissa Bean 20%
Bob Bennett 64%
Shelley Berkley 4%
Howard Berman 4%
Marion Berry 13%
Judy Biggert 84%
Brian Bilbray 92%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Tim Bishop 0%
Kit Bond 75%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 83%
Mary Bono Mack 74%
Dan Boren 24%
Leonard Boswell 4%
Rick Boucher 8%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 12%
Bruce Braley 4%
Paul Broun 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 83%
Ginny Brown-Waite 77%
Jim Bunning 88%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 84%
Robert Byrd 0%
Dave Camp 83%
John Campbell III 86%
Eric Cantor 92%
Dennis Cardoza 8%
Russ Carnahan 0%
Christopher Carney 20%
Mike Castle 28%
Saxby Chambliss 76%
Ben Chandler III 12%
Travis Childers 41%
Hillary Clinton 11%
Howard Coble 88%
Thomas Coburn 96%
Norm Coleman 48%
Kent Conrad 0%
Jerry Costello 13%
Artur Davis 12%
Geoff Davis 96%
Lincoln Davis 12%
Bill Delahunt 10%
James DeMint 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 52%
Norm Dicks 0%
John Dingell 4%
Chris Dodd 4%
Byron Dorgan 8%
David Dreier 86%
Chet Edwards 8%
Vern Ehlers 61%
Brad Ellsworth 16%
Jo Ann Emerson 56%
John Ensign 92%
Bob Etheridge 0%
Russ Feingold 24%
Bob Filner 12%
Barney Frank 0%
Elton Gallegly 92%
Jim Gerlach 48%
Gabrielle Giffords 20%
Phil Gingrey 96%
Charlie Gonzalez 8%
Bart Gordon 4%
Judd Gregg 83%
Charles Hagel 73%
John Hall 0%
Ralph Hall 84%
Phil Hare 0%
Tom Harkin 4%
Jane Harman 0%
Doc Hastings 96%
Wally Herger, Jr. 88%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 28%
Baron Hill 20%
Maurice Hinchey 12%
Paul Hodes 12%
Pete Hoekstra 88%
Thomas Holden 16%
Rush Holt, Jr. 0%
Kay Hutchison 76%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 84%
Daniel Inouye 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 4%
Tim Johnson 68%
Timothy Johnson 12%
Steve Kagen 16%
Paul Kanjorski 12%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Patrick Kennedy 0%
Dale Kildee 0%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 4%
Jack Kingston 96%
Ron Klein 4%
Herb Kohl 4%
Dennis Kucinich 8%
Jon Kyl 96%
Mary Landrieu 32%
Tom Latham 88%
Steve LaTourette 52%
Frank Lautenberg 4%
Carl Levin 0%
Jerry Lewis 84%
Joe Lieberman 8%
Blanche Lincoln 8%
John Linder 100%
Dick Lugar 63%
Dan Lungren 88%
Connie Mack IV 100%
Don Manzullo 92%
Jim Marshall 28%
Melquiades Martinez 60%
Jim Matheson 36%
Carolyn McCarthy 0%
Thaddeus McCotter 72%
John McHugh 40%
Mike McIntyre 32%
Buck McKeon 88%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 4%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 12%
Mike Michaud 12%
Gary Miller 81%
George Miller 0%
Brad Miller 0%
Harry Mitchell 32%
Alan Mollohan 4%
Dennis Moore 4%
Jim Moran, Jr. 0%
Patrick Murphy 12%
Jack Murtha 4%
Sue Myrick 91%
Ben Nelson 16%
Jim Oberstar 4%
Dave Obey 0%
John Olver 0%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 17%
Ed Pastor 4%
Ron Paul 90%
Donald Payne 8%
Tom Petri 80%
Todd Platts 68%
Earl Pomeroy 4%
Mark Pryor 4%
George Radanovich 87%
Nick Rahall II 8%
Denny Rehberg 84%
Silvestre Reyes 8%
Laura Richardson 0%
Jay Rockefeller IV 0%
Ciro Rodriguez 24%
Mike Rogers 84%
Mike Ross 12%
Steve Rothman 8%
John Salazar 12%
Ken Salazar 4%
Jean Schmidt 87%
Allyson Schwartz 0%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 0%
John Shadegg 96%
Carol Shea-Porter 12%
Heath Shuler 24%
Ike Skelton 4%
Olympia Snowe 12%
Vic Snyder 5%
Mark Souder 72%
Zack Space 12%
Arlen Specter 42%
John Spratt, Jr. 4%
Pete Stark 13%
Cliff Stearns 100%
Ted Stevens 50%
Bart Stupak 12%
John Sullivan 92%
John Sununu 75%
Betty Sutton 4%
John Tanner 13%
Ellen Tauscher 0%
Gene Taylor 24%
Lee Terry 92%
Todd Tiahrt 91%
John Tierney 4%
Ed Towns 0%
Mark Udall 13%
George Voinovich 52%
Zach Wamp 96%
Diane Watson 4%
Mel Watt 0%
Henry Waxman 4%
Jim Webb, Jr. 8%
Anthony Weiner 0%
Robert Wexler 5%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 4%
Frank Wolf 79%
Lynn Woolsey 4%
David Wu 4%
Bill Young 88%

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