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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1998 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Wayne Allard 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
Ed Bryant 100%
Thomas Coburn 100%
Michael Collins 100%
Larry Combest 100%
Christopher Cox 100%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Randall Cunningham 100%
John Doolittle 100%
Terry Everett 100%
Newt Gingrich 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
James Hansen 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
Doc Hastings 100%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 100%
Jesse Helms 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 100%
Pete Hoekstra 100%
Duncan Hunter 100%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 100%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
William Lewis Jenkins 100%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 100%
Jack Kingston 100%
Ron Lewis 100%
John Linder 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 100%
David McIntosh 100%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 100%
Edward Pease 100%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 100%
George Radanovich 100%
Bob Riley 100%
James Rogan 100%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 100%
Jim Ryun 100%
Robert Schaffer 100%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 100%
John Shadegg 100%
Bob Smith 100%
Floyd Spence 100%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
Todd Tiahrt 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 96%
Dan Burton 96%
Herbert Callahan 96%
Dave Camp 96%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
Saxby Chambliss 96%
Howard Coble 96%
John Cooksey 96%
Philip Crane 96%
Thomas DeLay 96%
Jay Dickey 96%
Jennifer Dunn 96%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 96%
William Phillip Gramm 96%
Ralph Hall 96%
Van Hilleary 96%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 96%
Joseph Knollenberg 96%
Jon Kyl 96%
Robert Livingston 96%
James McCrery III 96%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 96%
Buck McKeon 96%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 96%
Don Nickles 96%
Michael Oxley 96%
Ronald Packard 96%
John Peterson 96%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 96%
Richard Pombo 96%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 96%
Joe Scarborough 96%
E.G. Shuster 96%
Cliff Stearns 96%
Bob Stump 96%
James Talent 96%
Charles Taylor 96%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 96%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 96%
Mary Bono Mack 95%
Chris Cannon 95%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 95%
Bill Archer 92%
Michael Bilirakis 92%
Henry Bonilla 92%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 92%
Jim Bunning 92%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 92%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 92%
Paul Coverdell 92%
David Dreier 92%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 92%
Jo Ann Emerson 92%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
Jim Gibbons 92%
William Goodling 92%
Gilbert Gutknecht 92%
John Nathan Hostettler 92%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 92%
Henry Hyde 92%
Stephen Largent 92%
Tom Latham 92%
Trent Lott, Sr. 92%
Don Manzullo 92%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 92%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 92%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 92%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 92%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 92%
John Sununu 92%
William Thomas 92%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 92%
Wesley Watkins 92%
David Weldon 92%
Gerald Weller 92%
Cass Ballenger 91%
Thomas Ewing 91%
Porter Goss 91%
Bill Young 90%
Steve Buyer 88%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 88%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 88%
Tillie Fowler 88%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
Rodney Grams 88%
David Lee Hobson 88%
Kenny Hulshof 88%
Kay Hutchison 88%
Dan Miller 88%
Sue Myrick 88%
Anne Northup 88%
Ron Paul 88%
Tom Petri 88%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 88%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 88%
William Tauzin 88%
Herbert Bateman 86%
Spencer Bachus 84%
Conrad Burns 84%
Merrill Cook 84%
Larry Craig 84%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 84%
George Gekas 84%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 84%
Bill McCollum 84%
James Nussle 84%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 84%
Rick Santorum 84%
Joseph Skeen 84%
Craig Thomas 84%
Fred Thompson 84%
Zach Wamp 84%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 84%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 84%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 83%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 83%
Deborah Pryce 83%
Mark Souder 83%
Heather Wilson 83%
Mark Foley 80%
William Frist 80%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 80%
Connie Mack 80%
Jack Metcalf 80%
Robert William Ney 80%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 80%
Frank Wolf 80%
Rick Hill 79%
Gene Taylor 79%
John Warner 79%
Frank Murkowski 78%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 76%
Bill Barrett 76%
Ben Campbell 76%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 76%
Elton Gallegly 76%
Judd Gregg 76%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 76%

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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