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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2009 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 0%
Gary Ackerman 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 92%
John Adler 16%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 100%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 68%
Rodney Alexander 88%
Jason Altmire 20%
Rob Andrews 0%
Michael Arcuri 16%
Steve Austria 88%
Joe Baca, Sr. 4%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 92%
Brian Baird 12%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 96%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 17%
Roscoe Bartlett 96%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 96%
Max Baucus 20%
Evan Bayh 40%
Melissa Bean 16%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 4%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 12%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 8%
Bob Bennett 84%
Shelley Berkley 0%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 22%
Judy Biggert 80%
Brian Bilbray 88%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 100%
Jeff Bingaman 4%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 92%
John Boccieri 8%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 96%
Kit Bond 76%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 92%
Mary Bono Mack 79%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 96%
Dan Boren 44%
Leonard Boswell 0%
Rick Boucher 14%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 96%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 13%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 0%
Bobby Bright 72%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 96%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 92%
Ginny Brown-Waite 84%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 88%
Jim Bunning 96%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
Roland Burris 0%
Dan Burton 96%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 0%
Steve Buyer 88%
Robert Byrd 21%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 92%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 92%
Eric Cantor 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 8%
Joseph Cao 55%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 75%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
Dennis Cardoza 8%
Russ Carnahan 0%
Christopher Carney 20%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 4%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 96%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 12%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 88%
Mike Castle 56%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 0%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 92%
Ben Chandler III 20%
Travis Childers 40%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 4%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 96%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 84%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 92%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 0%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 92%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 48%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 0%
Kent Conrad 13%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 16%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 84%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 12%
Jerry Costello 12%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 84%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 12%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Kathy Dahlkemper 13%
Artur Davis 20%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
Geoff Davis 92%
Lincoln Davis 29%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 12%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
Bill Delahunt 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
James DeMint 100%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 72%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 71%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 72%
Norm Dicks 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 0%
Chris Dodd 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 12%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 24%
Byron Dorgan 12%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 4%
David Dreier 92%
Steve Driehaus 12%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 0%
Chet Edwards 16%
Vern Ehlers 76%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
Brad Ellsworth 32%
Jo Ann Emerson 72%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
John Ensign 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
Bob Etheridge 4%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
Russ Feingold 24%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 0%
Bob Filner 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 100%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 96%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 88%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 4%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 100%
Barney Frank 0%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 68%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 0%
Elton Gallegly 96%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 76%
Gabrielle Giffords 20%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 100%
Charlie Gonzalez 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
Bart Gordon 16%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 92%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 96%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 96%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 0%
Judd Gregg 81%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 56%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 0%

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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