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Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2011 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
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 Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 15%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 8%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 42%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 4%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 40%
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%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 4%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 0%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 4%
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%
NY U.S. House 21 Bill Owens Democratic 8%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 4%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 0%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 4%
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%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 24%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 9%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 0%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 0%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV 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 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 4%
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%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz 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 Jr 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%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 0%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 5%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 5%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 8%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 12%
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%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman 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%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 5%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
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%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 95%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 95%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 80%
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%
MI U.S. House 1 Dan Benishek Republican 88%
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 Jr John Boozman Republican 90%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 92%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 88%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 96%
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%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 72%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 91%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 84%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 76%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 80%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 90%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 88%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn 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%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 72%
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%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 84%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 80%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 88%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 64%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 100%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 88%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 84%
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%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 61%
CO U.S. House 4 Cory Gardner Republican 84%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 96%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 52%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 79%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 52%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 96%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 84%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 96%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 75%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 84%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 90%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 76%
AR U.S. House 2 Tim Griffin Republican 76%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 84%
NY U.S. House 11 Michael Grimm Republican 52%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 96%
NY U.S. House 22 Richard Hanna Republican 40%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 79%
MD U.S. House 1 Andy Harris Republican 88%
MO U.S. House 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 88%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 77%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
NV U.S. House 3 Joe Heck, Jr. Republican 60%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 92%
WA U.S. House 3 Jaime Herrera Beutler Republican 67%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 80%
KS U.S. House 1 Tim Huelskamp Republican 92%
MI U.S. House 2 Bill Huizenga Republican 92%
IL U.S. House 14 Randy Hultgren Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 5 Robert Hurt Republican 92%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 75%

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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