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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1998 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 0%
Jim Saxton 63%
Joe Scarborough 96%
Robert Schaffer 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 9%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 20%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 92%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 100%
John Shadegg 100%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 72%
Christopher Shays 40%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 88%
E.G. Shuster 96%
Norman Sisisky 28%
Joseph Skeen 84%
Ike Skelton 36%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 8%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 72%
Gordon Smith 72%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 92%
Nick Smith 76%
Bob Smith 100%
Olympia Snowe 40%
Vic Snyder 16%
Mark Souder 83%
Arlen Specter 33%
Floyd Spence 100%
John Spratt, Jr. 17%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 9%
Pete Stark 8%
Cliff Stearns 96%
Charles Stenholm 48%
Ted Stevens 56%
Ted Strickland 32%
Bob Stump 96%
Bart Stupak 20%
John Sununu 92%
James Talent 96%
John Tanner 41%
Ellen Tauscher 12%
William Tauzin 88%
Charles Taylor 96%
Gene Taylor 79%
Craig Thomas 84%
William Thomas 92%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 13%
Fred Thompson 84%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 92%
Karen Thurman 8%
Strom Thurmond 76%
Todd Tiahrt 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 4%
Robert Torricelli 8%
Ed Towns 9%
James Traficant, Jr. 64%
James Turner 48%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 56%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 8%
Bruce Vento 8%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 12%
James Walsh 44%
Zach Wamp 84%
John Warner 79%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
Wesley Watkins 92%
Mel Watt 4%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 84%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 4%
David Weldon 92%
W. Curtis Weldon 60%
Gerald Weller 92%
Paul Wellstone 4%
Robert Wexler 0%
Bob Weygand 20%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 96%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 96%
Heather Wilson 83%
Bob Wise, Jr. 4%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 80%
Lynn Woolsey 8%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 4%
Albert Wynn 4%
Bill Young 90%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 84%

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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