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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1998 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 4%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 92%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 68%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 4%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 4%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 83%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 8%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 84%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 92%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 92%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 8%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 36%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 9%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 76%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 96%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 12%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 20%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 9%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 88%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 4%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 92%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 80%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 12%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 8%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 4%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 84%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 96%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 4%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 8%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 5%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 80%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 44%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 16%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 88%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 12%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 96%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 92%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 12%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 56%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 8%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 56%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 13%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 8%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 68%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 72%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 12%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 16%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 52%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 76%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 8%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 28%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 25%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 96%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 72%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 4%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 16%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 16%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 8%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 20%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 20%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 92%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 92%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 88%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 92%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 96%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 0%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 64%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 88%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 4%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 4%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 96%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 4%
Neil Abercrombie 12%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 76%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 10%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 12%
Bill Archer 92%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 84%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 91%
James Barcia 40%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 76%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Charlie Bass 63%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 86%
Max Baucus 5%
Bob Bennett 64%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 4%
Douglas Bereuter 64%
Howard Berman 5%
Marion Berry 28%
Brian Bilbray 64%
Michael Bilirakis 92%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Rod Blagojevich 8%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 24%
Kit Bond 72%
Henry Bonilla 92%
David Edward Bonior 16%
Mary Bono Mack 95%
Robert Borski, Jr. 12%
Leonard Boswell 36%
Rick Boucher 4%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 32%
John Breaux 20%
George Brown, Jr. 0%
Richard Bryan 8%
Ed Bryant 100%
Jim Bunning 92%
Conrad Burns 84%
Dan Burton 96%
Steve Buyer 88%
Robert Byrd 16%
Herbert Callahan 96%
Dave Camp 96%
Ben Campbell 76%
Thomas Campbell 52%
Chris Cannon 95%
Julia Carson 0%
Mike Castle 42%
John Chafee 32%
Saxby Chambliss 96%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 92%
William Clay, Sr. 5%
Eva Clayton 0%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 0%
Robert Clement 24%
Howard Coble 96%
Thomas Coburn 100%

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.

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