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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2012 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 94%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 87%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 3%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 1%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 99%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 43%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 16%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 91%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 88%
MO U.S. House 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 84%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 4%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 90%
MO U.S. House 7 Billy Long Republican 94%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 79%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 89%
MS U.S. House 1 Alan Nunnelee Republican 90%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 9%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 88%
MS U.S. House 4 Steven Palazzo Republican 84%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 14%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 91%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 9%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 7%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 88%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 84%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 7%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 97%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 90%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 98%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 64%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 81%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 85%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 89%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 94%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 5%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 86%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 8%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 3 Jon Runyan Republican 60%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 60%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 11%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 69%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 10%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 66%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 4%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 4%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 4%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 93%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 3%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 17%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 87%
NV U.S. House 2 Mark Amodei Republican 86%
NV U.S. House 3 Joe Heck, Jr. Republican 66%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 5%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 6%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 3%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 75%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 10%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 3%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 2%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 2%
NY U.S. House 11 Michael Grimm Republican 58%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 3%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 6%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 46%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 1%
NY U.S. House 21 Bill Owens Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 22 Richard Hanna Republican 52%
NY U.S. House 23 Tom Reed II Republican 85%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 6%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 7%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 87%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 98%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 95%
OH U.S. House 6 Bill Johnson Republican 86%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 80%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 90%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 14%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 77%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 2%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 86%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 13%
OH U.S. House 15 Steve Stivers Republican 70%
OH U.S. House 16 Jim Renacci Republican 76%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 97%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 98%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 92%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 90%
OK U.S. House 5 James Lankford Republican 84%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 9%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 3%
OR U.S. House 1 Suzanne Bonamici Democratic, Independent 0%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 81%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 5%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 13%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 9%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 7%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 97%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 5%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 2%
PA U.S. House 3 Mike Kelly Republican 78%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 83%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 63%
PA U.S. House 7 Pat Meehan Republican 54%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 56%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 91%
PA U.S. House 10 Tom Marino Republican 80%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 74%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 4%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 65%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 95%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 73%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 5%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 1%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 0%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 9%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 89%
SC U.S. Senate Jr Tim Scott Republican 98%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 95%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 98%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 98%
SC U.S. House 5 Mick Mulvaney Republican 98%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 8%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 16%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 87%
SD U.S. House At-Large Kristi Noem Republican 84%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 78%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 87%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 91%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 88%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 90%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 90%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 24%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 92%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 97%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 90%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 1%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 97%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 98%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 98%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 87%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 16%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 5%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 97%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 28%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 22%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 6%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 97%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 7%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 90%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 100%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 96%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 97%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 40%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 13%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 89%
VA U.S. House 2 Scott Rigell Republican 82%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 6%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 94%
VA U.S. House 5 Robert Hurt Republican 90%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 95%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 12%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 80%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 80%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 6%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 6%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 7%

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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