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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2009 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 8%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 4%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 8%
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%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 5%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 5%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 4%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 0%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 19%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 89%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 4%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 6%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 10%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 3%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 75%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 6%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 3%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 3%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 3%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 6%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 21 Bill Owens Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 24 Dan Maffei Democratic, Working Families 0%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 8%
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 99%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 94%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 15%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 79%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 88%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 15%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 98%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 98%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 94%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 93%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 96%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 9%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 81%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 5%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 14%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 8%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 9%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 7%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 2%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 88%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 63%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 93%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 5%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 18%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 66%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 97%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 76%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 6%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 3%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 11%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 90%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 94%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 9%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 18%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 88%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 79%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 83%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 92%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 87%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 23%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 98%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 98%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 98%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 99%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 97%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 87%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 19%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 6%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 23%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 6%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 97%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 7%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 89%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 97%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 100%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 41%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 24%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 95%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 7%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 95%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 95%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 13%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 80%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 6%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 7%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 3%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 3%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 10%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 13%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 95%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 94%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 3%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 57%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 15%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 9%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 2%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 92%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 15%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 2%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 89%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 77%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 9%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 70%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 21%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 93%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 99%
WY U.S. House At-Large Cynthia Lummis Republican 100%
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%
Brian Baird 11%
J. Gresham Barrett 98%
Roscoe Bartlett 94%
Max Baucus 14%
Evan Bayh 22%
Melissa Bean 23%
Bob Bennett 84%
Shelley Berkley 12%
Howard Berman 5%
Marion Berry 36%
Judy Biggert 70%
Brian Bilbray 79%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
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%
Bobby Bright 72%
Henry Brown, Jr. 92%
Ginny Brown-Waite 84%
Jim Bunning 95%
Roland Burris 0%
Dan Burton 97%
Steve Buyer 91%
Robert Byrd 28%
Eric Cantor 97%
Joseph Cao 55%
Dennis Cardoza 26%
Russ Carnahan 3%
Christopher Carney 23%
Mike Castle 52%
Ben Chandler III 25%
Travis Childers 41%
Kent Conrad 19%
Jerry Costello 32%
Kathy Dahlkemper 13%
Artur Davis 23%
Geoff Davis 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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