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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2011 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 4%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 88%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 84%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 5%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 95%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 70%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 76%
MO U.S. House 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 88%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 76%
MO U.S. House 7 Billy Long Republican 92%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 70%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 75%
MS U.S. House 1 Alan Nunnelee Republican 83%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 8%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 79%
MS U.S. House 4 Steven Palazzo Republican 84%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 10%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 94%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Janet Kay Hagan Democratic 5%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 4%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 84%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 60%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 4%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 88%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 88%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 40%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 96%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 80%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 70%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 72%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 88%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 88%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 10%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 95%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 15%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 44%
NJ U.S. House 3 Jon Runyan Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 44%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 96%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 4%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 44%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 61%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 4%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 5%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 4%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 92%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 8%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 0%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 92%
NV U.S. House 3 Joe Heck, Jr. Republican 60%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 0%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 56%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 11 Michael Grimm Republican 52%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 52%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 21 Bill Owens Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 22 Richard Hanna Republican 40%
NY U.S. House 23 Tom Reed II Republican 76%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 75%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 88%
OH U.S. House 6 Bill Johnson Republican 92%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 79%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 4%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 72%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 8%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 72%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 12%
OH U.S. House 15 Steve Stivers Republican 67%
OH U.S. House 16 Jim Renacci Republican 80%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 80%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 80%
OK U.S. House 5 James Lankford Republican 84%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 5%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 5%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 68%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 12%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 8%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 0%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 90%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 3 Mike Kelly Republican 80%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 68%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 52%
PA U.S. House 7 Pat Meehan Republican 52%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 64%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 75%
PA U.S. House 10 Tom Marino Republican 84%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 76%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 8%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 52%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 84%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 76%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 0%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 0%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 75%
SC U.S. Senate Jr Tim Scott Republican 96%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 96%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 96%
SC U.S. House 4 Harold Gowdy III Republican 96%
SC U.S. House 5 Michael Mulvaney Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 5%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 75%
SD U.S. House At-Large Kristi Noem Republican 84%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 75%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 85%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 88%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 96%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 88%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 88%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 16%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 84%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 88%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 88%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 4%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 87%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 87%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 12%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 21%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 100%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 96%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 100%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 42%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 5%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 72%
VA U.S. House 2 Scott Rigell Republican 80%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 4%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 84%
VA U.S. House 5 Robert Hurt Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 96%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 87%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 4%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 84%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 64%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 4%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 5%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 5%

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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