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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2011 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 8%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 5%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 10%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 3 Jaime Herrera Beutler Republican 67%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 77%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 80%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 4%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 42%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 12%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 0%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 4%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 80%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 8%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 92%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 72%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 88%
WI U.S. House 8 Reid Ribble Republican 92%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 0%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 15%
WV U.S. House 1 David McKinley Republican 64%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 60%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 24%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 89%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 89%
WY U.S. House At-Large Cynthia Lummis Republican 92%
Gary Ackerman 4%
Sandy Adams 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 92%
Rodney Alexander 68%
Jason Altmire 20%
Rob Andrews 0%
Steve Austria 80%
Joe Baca, Sr. 4%
Roscoe Bartlett 76%
Charlie Bass 52%
Max Baucus 5%
Rick Berg 84%
Shelley Berkley 4%
Howard Berman 0%
Judy Biggert 44%
Brian Bilbray 63%
Jeff Bingaman 5%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 72%
Mary Bono Mack 64%
Dan Boren 48%
Leonard Boswell 12%
Scott Brown 50%
Ann Marie Buerkle 100%
Dan Burton 92%
Francisco Canseco 80%
Dennis Cardoza 23%
Russ Carnahan 0%
Ben Chandler III 12%
Hansen Clarke 8%
Kent Conrad 5%
Jerry Costello 29%
Chip Cravaack 88%
Mark Critz 16%
Geoff Davis 80%
James DeMint 100%
Norm Dicks 0%
Robert Dold 44%
David Dreier 80%
Jo Ann Emerson 56%
Bob Filner 8%
Barney Frank 8%
Elton Gallegly 84%
Charlie Gonzalez 4%
Frank Guinta 84%
Nan Hayworth 72%
Wally Herger, Jr. 96%
Maurice Hinchey 6%
Thomas Holden 28%
Kay Hutchison 79%
Daniel Inouye 5%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 4%
Tim Johnson 64%
Dale Kildee 4%
Larry Kissell 16%
Herb Kohl 5%
Dennis Kucinich 8%
Jon Kyl 90%
Jeff Landry 96%
Steve LaTourette 52%
Frank Lautenberg 10%
Jerry Lewis 80%
Joe Lieberman 20%
Dick Lugar 75%
Dan Lungren 84%
Connie Mack IV 92%
Don Manzullo 92%
Thaddeus McCotter 67%
Brad Miller 4%
Frank Murkowski 50%
Sue Myrick 83%
Ben Nelson 25%
John Olver 4%
Ron Paul 78%
Donald Payne 5%
Todd Platts 48%
David Pryor 20%
Ben Quayle 100%
Denny Rehberg 80%
Silvestre Reyes 12%
Laura Richardson 8%
David Rivera 72%
Mike Ross 28%
Steve Rothman 0%
Bobby Schilling 76%
Jean Schmidt 80%
Heath Shuler 25%
Olympia Snowe 55%
Pete Stark 10%
Cliff Stearns 96%
John Sullivan 83%
Betty Sutton 4%
Ed Towns 8%
Joe Walsh 92%
Mel Watt 4%
Jim Webb, Jr. 11%
Allen West 88%
Lynn Woolsey 8%
David Wu 0%
Bill Young 74%

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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