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Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2011 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 4%
Sandy Adams 88%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 89%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 6%
Todd Akin 97%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 79%
Rodney Alexander 78%
Jason Altmire 23%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 92%
Rob Andrews 14%
Steve Austria 89%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 95%
Joe Baca, Sr. 13%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 99%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 92%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 2%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 76%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 97%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 31%
Roscoe Bartlett 93%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 94%
Charlie Bass 69%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 0%
Max Baucus 14%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 3%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 5%
MI U.S. House 1 Dan Benishek Republican 88%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 7%
Rick Berg 84%
Shelley Berkley 10%
Howard Berman 5%
Judy Biggert 68%
Brian Bilbray 78%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 86%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 97%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 2%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 84%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 97%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 5%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 5%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 92%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 90%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 89%
Mary Bono Mack 73%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 93%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 23%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 91%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 3%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 95%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 6%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 2%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 88%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 99%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 7%
Scott Brown 62%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 7%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 77%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 84%
Ann Marie Buerkle 100%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 94%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 91%
Dan Burton 97%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 89%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 92%
Francisco Canseco 80%
Eric Cantor 96%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 10%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 70%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 6%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 5%
Dennis Cardoza 22%
Russ Carnahan 2%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 11%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 2%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 94%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 6%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 85%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 2%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 98%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 93%
Ben Chandler III 22%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 1%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 0%
Hansen Clarke 8%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 2%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 4%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 8%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 90%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 90%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 98%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 80%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 96%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 1%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 92%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 51%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 94%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 3%
Kent Conrad 18%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 5%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 24%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 85%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 94%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 20%
Jerry Costello 31%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 2%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 93%
Chip Cravaack 88%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 76%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 88%
Mark Critz 26%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 27%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 96%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 3%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 3%
Geoff Davis 90%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 14%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 3%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 4%
James DeMint 99%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 84%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 63%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 71%
Norm Dicks 9%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 6%
Robert Dold 44%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 30%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 17%
David Dreier 91%
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 88%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 6%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 4%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 2%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 84%
Jo Ann Emerson 80%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 6%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 93%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 3%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 2%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 8%
Bob Filner 5%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 88%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 57%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 97%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 88%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 99%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 94%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 86%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 98%
Barney Frank 4%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 99%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 65%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 3%
Elton Gallegly 89%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House 4 Cory Gardner Republican 84%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 62%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 79%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 52%
Gabrielle Giffords 14%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 7%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 97%
Charlie Gonzalez 8%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 95%
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 89%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 87%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 84%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 21%
AR U.S. House 2 Tim Griffin Republican 76%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 84%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 3%
NY U.S. House 11 Michael Grimm Republican 52%
Frank Guinta 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.

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