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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%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 6%
Todd Akin 97%
Rodney Alexander 78%
Jason Altmire 24%
Rob Andrews 14%
Steve Austria 87%
Joe Baca, Sr. 13%
Roscoe Bartlett 92%
Charlie Bass 67%
Max Baucus 14%
Rick Berg 84%
Shelley Berkley 11%
Howard Berman 5%
Judy Biggert 68%
Brian Bilbray 77%
Michael Bilirakis 86%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 88%
Mary Bono Mack 73%
Dan Boren 51%
Leonard Boswell 23%
Scott Brown 53%
Ann Marie Buerkle 98%
Dan Burton 97%
Francisco Canseco 84%
Dennis Cardoza 21%
Russ Carnahan 3%
Julia Carson 2%
Ben Chandler III 25%
Hansen Clarke 4%
Kent Conrad 18%
Jerry Costello 31%
Chip Cravaack 80%
Mark Critz 27%
Geoff Davis 89%
James DeMint 99%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 71%
Norm Dicks 9%
Robert Dold 40%
David Dreier 91%
Jo Ann Emerson 78%
John Estrada 5%
Bob Filner 4%
Barney Frank 4%
Elton Gallegly 89%
Henry Gonzalez 7%
Frank Guinta 86%
Nan Hayworth 64%
Wally Herger, Jr. 96%
Maurice Hinchey 4%
Kathy Hochul 32%
Thomas Holden 37%
Duncan Hunter 98%
Kay Hutchison 88%
Daniel Inouye 6%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 3%
Tim Johnson 67%
Dale Kildee 11%
Larry Kissell 23%
Herb Kohl 12%
Dennis Kucinich 8%
Jon Kyl 97%
Jeff Landry 98%
Steve LaTourette 67%
Frank Lautenberg 5%
Jerry Lewis 82%
Joe Lieberman 15%
Dick Lugar 77%
Dan Lungren 91%
Connie Mack IV 94%
Don Manzullo 96%
Robert Matsui 1%
Thaddeus McCotter 82%
Brad Miller 4%
Sue Myrick 95%
Ben Nelson 43%
John Olver 2%
Ron Paul 83%
Todd Platts 72%
Ben Quayle 100%
Denny Rehberg 89%
Silvestre Reyes 20%
Laura Richardson 2%
David Rivera 72%
Mike Ross 36%
Steve Rothman 7%
Bobby Schilling 76%
Jean Schmidt 90%
Heath Shuler 31%
Olympia Snowe 48%
Pete Stark 4%
Cliff Stearns 95%
John Sullivan 95%
Betty Sutton 2%
Ed Towns 4%
Bob Turner 79%
Joe Walsh 90%
Mel Watt 3%
Jim Webb, Jr. 17%
Allen West 84%
Lynn Woolsey 4%
Bill Young 88%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 2%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 35%
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 6%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 3%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 5%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 3%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 3%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 5%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 1%
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%
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 4%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 11%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 7%
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 6%
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%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 21%
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 28%
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 13%
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 1%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 7%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 35%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 16%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 6%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 3%
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 2%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 5%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 6%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 22%
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 9%
CA U.S. House 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 0%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 2%
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 4%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 6%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 5%
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%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 10%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 5%
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 16%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 14%
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 13%
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 10%
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 17%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack 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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