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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2008 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr 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 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%
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%
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 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%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 48%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 96%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 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%
John Boehner 92%
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%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 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%

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