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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2009 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 7%
Gary Ackerman 4%
John Adler 16%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 7%
Todd Akin 98%
Rodney Alexander 77%
Jason Altmire 24%
Rob Andrews 15%
Michael Arcuri 7%
Steve Austria 88%
Joe Baca, Sr. 15%
Michele Bachmann 100%
Spencer Bachus 92%
Brian Baird 11%
J. Gresham Barrett 98%
John Barrow 36%
Roscoe Bartlett 94%
Max Baucus 14%
Evan Bayh 22%
Melissa Bean 23%
Mark Begich 12%
Bob Bennett 84%
Shelley Berkley 12%
Howard Berman 5%
Marion Berry 36%
Judy Biggert 70%
Brian Bilbray 79%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
Tim Bishop 3%
John Boccieri 8%
Kit Bond 82%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 90%
Mary Bono Mack 72%
Dan Boren 52%
Leonard Boswell 25%
Rick Boucher 16%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 34%
Bruce Braley 1%
Bobby Bright 72%
Paul Broun 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 92%
Ginny Brown-Waite 84%
Jim Bunning 95%
Roland Burris 0%
Dan Burton 97%
Steve Buyer 91%
Robert Byrd 28%
Dave Camp 89%
John Campbell III 92%
Eric Cantor 97%
Joseph Cao 55%
Dennis Cardoza 26%
Russ Carnahan 3%
Christopher Carney 23%
Mike Castle 52%
Saxby Chambliss 93%
Ben Chandler III 25%
Travis Childers 41%
Howard Coble 89%
Thomas Coburn 98%
Kent Conrad 19%
Jerry Costello 32%
Kathy Dahlkemper 13%
Artur Davis 23%
Geoff Davis 91%
Lincoln Davis 49%
Bill Delahunt 4%
James DeMint 99%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 72%
Norm Dicks 9%
John Dingell 11%
Chris Dodd 8%
Byron Dorgan 16%
David Dreier 91%
Steve Driehaus 12%
Chet Edwards 30%
Vern Ehlers 70%
Brad Ellsworth 28%
Jo Ann Emerson 81%
John Ensign 94%
Bob Etheridge 22%
Russ Feingold 13%
Bob Filner 5%
Barney Frank 4%
Elton Gallegly 89%
Jim Gerlach 63%
Gabrielle Giffords 15%
Phil Gingrey 95%
Charlie Gonzalez 9%
Bart Gordon 28%
Judd Gregg 79%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 56%
Kay Hagan 16%
John Hall 0%
Ralph Hall 84%
Debbie Halvorson 20%
Phil Hare 0%
Tom Harkin 8%
Jane Harman 17%
Doc Hastings 95%
Wally Herger, Jr. 96%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 30%
Baron Hill 20%
Maurice Hinchey 4%
Paul Hodes 5%
Pete Hoekstra 91%
Thomas Holden 39%
Rush Holt, Jr. 5%
Duncan Hunter 100%
Kay Hutchison 90%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 93%
Daniel Inouye 7%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 3%
Mike Johanns 95%
Tim Johnson 68%
Timothy Johnson 18%
Steve Kagen 7%
Paul Kanjorski 21%
Ted Kaufman 4%
Patrick Kennedy 9%
Dale Kildee 12%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 4%
Mary Jo Kilroy 4%
Jack Kingston 96%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 0%
Larry Kissell 20%
Ron Klein 1%
Herb Kohl 13%
Suzanne Kosmas 20%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 28%
Dennis Kucinich 10%
Jon Kyl 97%
Mary Landrieu 23%
Tom Latham 86%
Steve LaTourette 69%
Frank Lautenberg 5%
Chris Lee 88%
George LeMieux 86%
Carl Levin 7%
Jerry Lewis 82%
Joe Lieberman 16%
Blanche Lincoln 19%
John Linder 96%
Dick Lugar 77%
Dan Lungren 93%
Connie Mack IV 93%
Dan Maffei 0%
Don Manzullo 96%
Betsy Markey 8%
Jim Marshall 45%
Eric Massa 20%
Jim Matheson 41%
Carolyn McCarthy 16%
Thaddeus McCotter 84%
Mike McIntyre 50%
Buck McKeon 90%
Michael McMahon 16%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 8%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 42%
Mike Michaud 15%
Gary Miller 94%
George Miller 4%
Brad Miller 5%
Walt Minnick 44%
Harry Mitchell 27%
Alan Mollohan 31%
Dennis Moore 16%
Jim Moran, Jr. 13%
Patrick Murphy 7%
Scott Murphy 11%
Jack Murtha 31%
Sue Myrick 95%
Ben Nelson 47%
Glenn Nye III 32%
Jim Oberstar 11%
Dave Obey 9%
John Olver 2%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 31%
Bill Owens 14%
Ed Pastor 3%
Ron Paul 83%
Donald Payne 3%
Tom Perriello 18%
Tom Petri 77%
Todd Platts 76%
Earl Pomeroy 22%
Mark Pryor 17%
George Radanovich 94%
Nick Rahall II 21%
Denny Rehberg 90%
Silvestre Reyes 23%
Laura Richardson 0%
Jay Rockefeller IV 9%
Ciro Rodriguez 15%
Mike Rogers 91%
Mike Ross 36%
Steve Rothman 9%
John Salazar 23%
Mark Schauer 8%
Jean Schmidt 91%

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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