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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2011 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 4%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 17%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 5%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 4%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 10%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 8%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 5%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 4%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 4%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 8%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 4%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 4%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 21%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 12%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 12%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 4%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 0%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 28%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 8%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 5%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 0%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 5%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 21%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 0%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 4%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 4%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 0%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 4%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 4%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 8%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 0%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 0%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 4%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 8%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 20%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 0%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 4%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 15%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 4%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 0%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 5%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 15%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 5%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 0%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 4%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 4%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 15%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 4%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 4%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 4%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 40%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 8%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 9%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 4%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 8%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 4%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 4%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 0%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 4%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 0%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 0%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 10%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 0%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 5%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 8%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 12%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic 8%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 5%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 8%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 8%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 5%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 4%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 5%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 76%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 75%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 92%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 76%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 87%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 76%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 96%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 84%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 88%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 70%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 92%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 72%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 83%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 94%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 84%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 76%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 70%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 96%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 80%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 55%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 88%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 85%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 90%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 95%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 87%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 84%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 52%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 54%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 88%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 96%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 96%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 80%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 100%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 92%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 72%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 88%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 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.

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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