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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2012 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 4%
Sandy Adams 90%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 6%
Todd Akin 97%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 78%
Rodney Alexander 78%
Jason Altmire 24%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 88%
NV U.S. House 2 Mark Amodei Republican 86%
Rob Andrews 14%
Steve Austria 87%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 86%
Joe Baca, Sr. 13%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 99%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 91%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 2%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 74%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 96%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 35%
Roscoe Bartlett 92%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 94%
Charlie Bass 67%
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 84%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 6%
Rick Berg 84%
Shelley Berkley 11%
Howard Berman 5%
Judy Biggert 68%
Brian Bilbray 77%
Michael Bilirakis 86%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 96%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 3%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 92%
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 3%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 91%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 90%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic, Independent 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 88%
Mary Bono Mack 73%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 91%
Dan Boren 51%
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 5%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 1%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 90%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 99%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 7%
Scott Brown 53%
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 86%
Ann Marie Buerkle 98%
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 93%
Francisco Canseco 84%
Eric Cantor 96%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 10%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 70%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 5%
Dennis Cardoza 21%
Russ Carnahan 3%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 4%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 11%
Julia Carson 2%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 93%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 7%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 87%
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 97%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 92%
Ben Chandler III 25%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 1%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 0%
Hansen Clarke 4%
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 79%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 95%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 1%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 90%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 49%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 95%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 6%
Kent Conrad 18%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 5%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 1%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 24%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 87%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 93%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 21%
Jerry Costello 31%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 2%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 93%
Chip Cravaack 80%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 76%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 87%
Mark Critz 27%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 28%
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 89%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 13%
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 86%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 65%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 90%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 1%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 71%
Norm Dicks 9%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 7%
Robert Dold 40%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 35%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 16%
David Dreier 91%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 86%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 98%
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 3%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 1%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 88%
Jo Ann Emerson 78%
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%
John Estrada 5%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 82%
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 4%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 90%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 56%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 97%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 90%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 99%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 96%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 94%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 85%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 97%
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 66%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 2%
Elton Gallegly 89%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 5%
CO U.S. House 4 Cory Gardner Republican 88%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 63%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 80%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 46%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 6%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 97%
Henry Gonzalez 7%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 95%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 90%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 98%
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 83%
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 9%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 22%
AR U.S. House 2 Tim Griffin Republican 78%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 80%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 3%
NY U.S. House 11 Michael Grimm Republican 58%

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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