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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2008 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 58%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 71%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 50%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 92%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 84%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 84%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 84%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 8%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 63%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 91%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 4%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 4%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 100%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 0%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 0%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 8%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 90%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 9%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 60%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 52%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 32%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 8%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam Republican 83%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 4%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 8%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 4%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 4%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 76%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 4%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 96%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 76%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 80%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 88%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 96%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 91%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 48%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 8%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 4%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 28%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 72%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 92%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 76%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 78%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 4%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 84%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 80%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 100%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 83%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 84%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 8%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 7%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 5%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 8%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 20%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 44%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 63%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 9%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 4%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 88%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 16%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 4%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 88%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 20%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 88%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 8%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 68%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 80%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 16%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 4%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 17%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 12%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 58%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 79%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 84%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 96%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 52%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 28%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 4%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 80%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 4%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 12%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 16%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 80%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 50%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 8%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 4%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 4%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 23%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 92%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 13%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 63%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 72%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 8%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 96%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 88%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 96%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 92%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 75%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 12%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 20%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 8%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 92%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 56%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 48%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 8%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 0%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 4%

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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