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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1995 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 91%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 91%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 91%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 92%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 91%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 92%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 4%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 13%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 80%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 12%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 76%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 76%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 96%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 96%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 13%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 9%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 80%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 8%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 91%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 9%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 84%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 16%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 96%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 8%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 80%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 80%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 92%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 91%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 92%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 80%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 16%
MA U.S. House 4 Joe Kennedy III Democratic 8%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 12%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 8%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 20%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 84%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 72%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 8%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 8%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 8%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 83%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 80%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 8%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 17%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 4%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 88%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 17%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 80%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 24%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 60%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 9%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 64%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 32%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 80%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 88%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 16%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 92%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 0%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 70%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 88%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 12%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 4%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 36%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 12%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 96%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 88%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 16%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 28%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 21%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 36 Steve Stockman Republican 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 83%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 4%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 88%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 8%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 64%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 8%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 92%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 4%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 80%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 75%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 12%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 9%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 28%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 87%
Gary Ackerman 13%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Wayne Allard 88%
Rob Andrews 36%
Bill Archer 80%
Richard Armey 92%
John Ashcroft 91%
Henry Scott Baesler 28%
Richard Hugh Baker 80%
William Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 88%
James Barcia 52%
Bob Barr, Jr. 92%
Bill Barrett 84%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Charlie Bass 72%
Herbert Bateman 62%
Max Baucus 13%
Anthony Beilenson 4%
Bob Bennett 81%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 8%
Douglas Bereuter 58%
Howard Berman 5%
Tom Bevill 52%
Brian Bilbray 72%
Michael Bilirakis 84%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 80%
Peter Blute 76%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
Kit Bond 70%
Henry Bonilla 88%
David Edward Bonior 12%
Sonny Bono 96%
Robert Borski, Jr. 16%
Rick Boucher 4%
Bill Bradley 5%
John Breaux 22%
Bill Brewster 56%
Glen Browder 46%
George Brown, Jr. 8%
Hank Brown 96%
Richard Bryan 9%
Ed Bryant 100%
John Bryant 8%
Dale Bumpers 4%
Jim Bunn 76%
Jim Bunning 92%
Conrad Burns 83%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 88%
Robert Byrd 26%
Herbert Callahan 88%
Ben Campbell 59%
Mike Castle 56%
John Chafee 35%
Jim Chapman 32%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 91%
Jon Lynn Christensen 92%
Dick Chrysler 100%
William Clay, Sr. 4%
Eva Clayton 8%
Robert Clement 32%
William Clinger 64%
William Cohen 30%

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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