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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2009 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 70%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 75%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 95%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 93%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 82%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 96%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 9%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 3%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 8%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 1%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 12%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 36%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 89%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 1%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 84%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 92%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 96%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 6%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 58%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 32%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 87%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 92%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 90%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 94%
LA U.S. Senate Jr Bill Cassidy Republican 88%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 3%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 6%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 5%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 49%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 9%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 8%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 19%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 93%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 91%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 16%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 91%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 8%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 8%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 5%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 4%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 19%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 89%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 6%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 10%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 8%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 98%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 9%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 4%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 9%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 6%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 3%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 90%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 88%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 79%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 83%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 93%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 89%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 24%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 6%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 7%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 3%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 10%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 2%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 70%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 93%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 99%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 76%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 80%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 90%
AZ U.S. House 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 36%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 3%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 99%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 1%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 2%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 23%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 93%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 98%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 89%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 95%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 91%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 5%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 3%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 4%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 100%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 92%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 1%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 6%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 3%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 4%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 96%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 89%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 7%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 94%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 89%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 3%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 77%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 96%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 5%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 1%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 75%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 73%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 31%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 98%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 3%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 2%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 98%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 21%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 97%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 86%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 17%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 5%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 97%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 3%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 2%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 9%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 89%
IL U.S. House 18 Aaron Schock Republican 92%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 11%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 2%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 92%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 88%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 88%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 1%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 85%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 100%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 91%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 2%
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 14%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 14%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 7%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 3%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 72%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 3%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 79%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 5%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 94%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 88%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 2%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 44%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 10%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 96%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 4%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 91%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 10%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 96%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 8%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 88%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 8%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 99%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 98%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 87%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 97%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 66%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 60%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 12%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 68%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 12%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 64%

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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