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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2009 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
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. 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 9 Bill Shuster Republican 93%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle 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 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 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%
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 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 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%
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%
WY U.S. House At-Large Cynthia Lummis Republican 100%
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%

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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