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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2008 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
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 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%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 8%
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%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 96%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 96%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 96%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 88%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 92%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 8%
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%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. 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 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 48%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 92%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. 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%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 4%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 8%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 82%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 92%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 12%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 84%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 72%
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 20%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 96%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 96%
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 96%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 86%
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 92%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 12%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 26%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 8%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 80%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 100%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 36%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 8%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 91%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 96%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 0%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 79%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 4%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 8%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 8%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 12%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 96%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 92%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 8%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 56%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 4%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 12%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 84%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 8%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 4%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 96%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 80%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 0%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 48%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 8%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 96%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 96%
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%
Brian Baird 4%
J. Gresham Barrett 96%
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%
Kit Bond 75%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 83%
Mary Bono Mack 74%
Dan Boren 24%
Leonard Boswell 4%
Rick Boucher 8%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 12%
Henry Brown, Jr. 83%
Ginny Brown-Waite 77%
Jim Bunning 88%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 84%
Robert Byrd 0%
Dennis Cardoza 8%
Russ Carnahan 0%
Christopher Carney 20%
Mike Castle 28%
Ben Chandler III 12%
Travis Childers 41%
Hillary Clinton 11%
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%
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%
Gabrielle Giffords 20%
Charlie Gonzalez 8%
Bart Gordon 4%
Judd Gregg 83%
John Hall 0%
Phil Hare 0%
Jane Harman 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 88%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 28%
Baron Hill 20%
Maurice Hinchey 12%
Paul Hodes 12%
Pete Hoekstra 88%
Thomas Holden 16%
Kay Hutchison 76%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 84%
Daniel Inouye 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 4%
Tim Johnson 68%
Steve Kagen 16%
Paul Kanjorski 12%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Patrick Kennedy 0%
Dale Kildee 0%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 4%
Ron Klein 4%
Herb Kohl 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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