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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2011 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 4%
Sandy Adams 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 6%
Todd Akin 97%
Rodney Alexander 78%
Jason Altmire 23%
Rob Andrews 14%
Steve Austria 89%
Joe Baca, Sr. 13%
Roscoe Bartlett 93%
Charlie Bass 69%
Max Baucus 14%
Rick Berg 84%
Shelley Berkley 10%
Howard Berman 5%
Judy Biggert 68%
Brian Bilbray 78%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 89%
Mary Bono Mack 73%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 23%
Scott Brown 62%
Ann Marie Buerkle 100%
Dan Burton 97%
Francisco Canseco 80%
Eric Cantor 96%
Dennis Cardoza 22%
Russ Carnahan 2%
Ben Chandler III 22%
Hansen Clarke 8%
Kent Conrad 18%
Jerry Costello 31%
Chip Cravaack 88%
Mark Critz 26%
Geoff Davis 90%
James DeMint 99%
Norm Dicks 9%
Robert Dold 44%
David Dreier 91%
Jo Ann Emerson 80%
Bob Filner 5%
Barney Frank 4%
Elton Gallegly 89%
Gabrielle Giffords 14%
Charlie Gonzalez 8%
Frank Guinta 84%
Nan Hayworth 72%
Wally Herger, Jr. 96%
Maurice Hinchey 4%
Thomas Holden 37%
Kay Hutchison 90%
Daniel Inouye 6%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 3%
Tim Johnson 68%
Dale Kildee 11%
Larry Kissell 15%
Herb Kohl 13%
Dennis Kucinich 9%
Jon Kyl 96%
Jeff Landry 96%
Steve LaTourette 68%
Frank Lautenberg 5%
Jerry Lewis 83%
Joe Lieberman 16%
Dick Lugar 77%
Dan Lungren 92%
Connie Mack IV 93%
Don Manzullo 96%
Thaddeus McCotter 83%
Brad Miller 4%
Frank Murkowski 68%
Sue Myrick 94%
Ben Nelson 45%
John Olver 2%
Ron Paul 83%
Donald Payne 3%
Todd Platts 72%
David Pryor 19%
Ben Quayle 100%
Denny Rehberg 90%
Silvestre Reyes 21%
Laura Richardson 2%
David Rivera 72%
Mike Ross 34%
Steve Rothman 7%
Bobby Schilling 76%
Jean Schmidt 91%
Heath Shuler 28%
Olympia Snowe 49%
Pete Stark 4%
Cliff Stearns 95%
John Sullivan 95%
Betty Sutton 2%
Ed Towns 4%
Joe Walsh 92%
Mel Watt 3%
Jim Webb, Jr. 14%
Allen West 88%
Lynn Woolsey 4%
David Wu 9%
Bill Young 88%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 2%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 31%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 3%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 5%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 7%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 2%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 5%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 5%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 3%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 6%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 2%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 7%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 7%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 7%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 10%
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%
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%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 6%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 2%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 1%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 0%
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%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 1%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 3%
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%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 20%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 2%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 27%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 3%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 3%
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%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 6%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 30%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 17%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 6%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 4%
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%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 0%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 21%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 3%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 4%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 8%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 8%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 5%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 3%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 6%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 16%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 1%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 3%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 7%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 10%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 6%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 6%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 2%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 17%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 15%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 5%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 14%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 21%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 9%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 11%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 5%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 3%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 6%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 3%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 2%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 16%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 2%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 4%

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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