Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1999 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office Name Party Rating
John Ashcroft 100%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Jim Bunning 100%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 100%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 100%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 100%
Philip Crane 100%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 100%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 100%
Jesse Helms 100%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 100%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 100%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 100%
Jon Kyl 100%
Richard Pombo 100%
Robert Schaffer 100%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 100%
John Sununu 100%
Tom Tancredo 100%
Charles Taylor 100%
Strom Thurmond 100%
Richard Armey 96%
Roscoe Bartlett 96%
Conrad Burns 96%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 96%
Larry Combest 96%
Paul Coverdell 96%
Larry Craig 96%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 96%
William Phillip Gramm 96%
Robert Hayes 96%
Van Hilleary 96%
John Nathan Hostettler 96%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 96%
Trent Lott, Sr. 96%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 96%
Don Nickles 96%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 96%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 96%
Jim Ryun 96%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 96%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 96%
John Shadegg 96%
Bob Smith 96%
Zach Wamp 96%
Wesley Watkins 96%
Wayne Allard 95%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 95%
Dan Burton 95%
Christopher Cox 95%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 95%
David McIntosh 95%
Todd Tiahrt 95%
Chris Cannon 92%
Michael Collins 92%
Thomas DeLay 92%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 92%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 92%
Peter Fitzgerald 92%
William Frist 92%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 92%
Rodney Grams 92%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 92%
Gilbert Gutknecht 92%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 92%
Wally Herger, Jr. 92%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 92%
Ron Lewis 92%
Don Manzullo 92%
Scott McInnis 92%
Frank Murkowski 92%
Ron Paul 92%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 92%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 92%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 92%
SC U.S. House-1 Mark Sanford, Jr. R 92%
Cliff Stearns 92%
Bob Stump 92%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 92%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 92%
David Weldon 92%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 92%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 91%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 91%
Henry Bonilla 91%
Steve Buyer 91%
Herbert Callahan 91%
James DeMint 91%
John Doolittle 91%
Terry Everett 91%
Judd Gregg 91%
OH Governor John Kasich R 91%
Stephen Largent 91%
Connie Mack 91%
Sue Myrick 91%
Ronald Packard 91%
Bob Riley 91%
J. Dennis Hastert 90%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 88%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 88%
Ed Bryant 88%
Ben Campbell 88%
Barbara Cubin 88%
Randall Cunningham 88%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 88%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 88%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 88%
Rick Hill 88%
Pete Hoekstra 88%
Kay Hutchison 88%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 88%
Dick Lugar 88%
Jack Metcalf 88%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 88%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 88%
Edward Pease 88%
George Radanovich 88%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 88%
Rick Santorum 88%
Floyd Spence 88%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 88%
George Voinovich 88%
Bill Archer 87%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 87%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 87%
Jay Dickey 87%
Mark Green 87%
William Lewis Jenkins 87%
John Linder 87%
James Rogan 87%
Craig Thomas 87%
AZ U.S. House-5 Matt Salmon R 86%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 86%
Joe Scarborough 85%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 84%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 84%
Bill Barrett 84%
Bob Bennett 84%
Michael Bilirakis 84%
Kit Bond 84%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 84%
Merrill Cook 84%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 84%
Ernest Fletcher 84%
George Gekas 84%
Jim Gibbons 84%
William Goodling 84%
Slade Gorton 84%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 84%
James Hansen 84%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 84%
Kenny Hulshof 84%
Duncan Hunter 84%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 84%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 84%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 84%
Robert William Ney 84%
William Roth, Jr. 84%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 84%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 84%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 84%
Nick Smith 84%
Ted Stevens 84%
James Talent 84%
William Tauzin 84%
Fred Thompson 84%
John Warner 84%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 83%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 83%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 83%
Joseph Skeen 83%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 83%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 83%
E.G. Shuster 82%
Richard Hugh Baker 80%
Cass Ballenger 80%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 80%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 80%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 80%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 80%
David Dreier 80%
Jennifer Dunn 80%
Jo Ann Emerson 80%
Paul Gillmor 80%
Porter Goss 80%
David Lee Hobson 80%
Joseph Knollenberg 80%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 80%
James McCrery III 80%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 80%
James Nussle 80%
John Peterson 80%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 80%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 80%
Donald Sherwood 80%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 80%
Mark Souder 80%
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 80%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 80%
Gerald Weller 80%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 80%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 79%
Elton Gallegly 79%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 79%
Thomas Reynolds 79%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 79%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 78%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 77%
Herbert Bateman 76%
Mary Bono Mack 76%
Michael Oxley 76%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 76%
Gordon Smith 76%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 75%
Jerry Lewis 73%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 73%
W. Curtis Weldon 73%
Bill Young 73%
Philip English 72%
Tillie Fowler 72%
Asa Hutchinson 72%
Henry Hyde 72%
John McHugh 72%
James Ramstad 72%
John Sweeney 72%
Gene Taylor 72%
James Kolbe 70%
Bill McCollum 69%
Charlie Bass 68%
Brian Bilbray 68%
Thomas Ewing 68%
Dan Miller 68%
Anne Northup 68%
Doug Ose 68%
Jim Saxton 68%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 68%
Heather Wilson 68%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 68%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 66%
Ray LaHood 66%
William Thomas 66%
Thomas Campbell 64%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 64%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 64%
Mark Foley 64%
Robert Franks 64%
Steve LaTourette 64%
Rick Lazio 64%
Ken Lucas 64%
Ralph Regula 64%
James Walsh 64%
Douglas Bereuter 62%
John Cooksey 62%
Steven Kuykendall 62%
Judy Biggert 60%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Jack Quinn 60%
Marge Roukema 60%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 60%
Olympia Snowe 60%
Thomas Davis III 56%
Sue Kelly 56%
Deborah Pryce 56%
Charles Stenholm 54%
James Barcia 52%
Patsy Ann Danner 52%
Wayne Gilchrest 52%
Benjamin Gilman 52%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 52%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 52%
Ronnie Shows 52%
James Traficant, Jr. 52%
Christopher John 50%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 48%
James Leach 48%
Arlen Specter 48%
William Lipinski 45%
Mike Castle 44%
Gary Condit 44%
Michael Patrick Forbes 44%
John Ganske 44%
Stephen Horn 44%
John Edward Porter 44%
Christopher Shays 44%
Robert Cramer 41%
James Greenwood 41%
Ike Skelton 41%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 40%
James Merrill Jeffords 40%
Bart Gordon 36%
Nancy Johnson 36%
Timothy Roemer 36%
Leonard Boswell 32%
Robert Clement 32%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 32%
David Phelps 32%
Alan Mollohan 31%
Marion Berry 29%
John Tanner 29%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 28%
Thomas Holden 28%
James Maloney 28%
Owen Pickett 28%
James Turner 28%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 26%
Silvestre Reyes 26%
Jerry Costello 24%
Bob Etheridge 24%
Jack Murtha 24%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 24%
Norman Sisisky 24%
Bob Wise, Jr. 24%
Rick Boucher 21%
Frank Mascara 21%
Rob Andrews 20%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 20%
Robert Byrd 20%
Dennis Kucinich 20%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 20%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 20%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 18%
John Breaux 17%
Kent Conrad 16%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 16%
Baron Hill 16%
Paul Kanjorski 16%
Gerald Kleczka 16%
Nicholas Lampson 16%
Bart Stupak 16%
Evan Bayh 12%
Robert Borski, Jr. 12%
James Davis 12%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 12%
Byron Dorgan 12%
Tony Hall 12%
Ernest Hollings 12%
Dale Kildee 12%
John LaFalce 12%
Blanche Lincoln 12%
Matthew Martinez 12%
Dennis Moore 12%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 12%
Constance Morella 12%
Jim Oberstar 12%
Earl Pomeroy 12%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 12%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 12%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 12%
John Spratt, Jr. 12%
Ted Strickland 12%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 12%
Bob Weygand 12%
Patrick Moynihan 9%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 8%
Rod Blagojevich 8%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 8%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 8%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 8%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 8%
Thomas Daschle 8%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 8%
Peter Deutsch 8%
Calvin Dooley 8%
John Edwards 8%
Chet Edwards 8%
Russ Feingold 8%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 8%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 8%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 8%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 8%
Bob Kerrey 8%
Ronald Klink 8%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 8%
William Luther 8%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 8%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 8%
Michael McNulty 8%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 8%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 8%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 8%
Charles Robb 8%
Ciro Rodriguez 8%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 8%
Pete Stark 8%
Ellen Tauscher 8%
Robert Torricelli 8%
Paul Wellstone 8%
Robert Wexler 8%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 5%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 4%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 4%
Brian Baird 4%
ME Councilor-At-Large John Baldacci D 4%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 4%
WI Mayor-At-Large Tom Barrett D 4%
Max Baucus 4%
Shelley Berkley 4%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 4%
Jeff Bingaman 4%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 4%
David Edward Bonior 4%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 4%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 4%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 4%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 4%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 4%
Harold Ford, Jr. 4%
Jonas Frost III 4%
Daniel Graham 4%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 4%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 4%
Maurice Hinchey 4%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 4%
PA Commissioner-At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 4%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 4%
Darlene Hooley 4%
William Jefferson 4%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 4%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 4%
Patrick Kennedy 4%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 4%
Herb Kohl 4%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 4%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 4%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 4%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 4%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 4%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 4%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 4%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 4%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 4%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 4%
John Moakley 4%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 4%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 4%
Dave Obey 4%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 4%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 4%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 4%
Steve Rothman 4%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 4%
Paul Sarbanes 4%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 4%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 4%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 4%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 4%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 4%
Vic Snyder 4%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 4%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 4%
Karen Thurman 4%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 4%
Ed Towns 4%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 4%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 4%
Lynn Woolsey 4%
David Wu 4%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 4%
Albert Wynn 4%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Thomas Allen 0%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 0%
Howard Berman 0%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 0%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 0%
Richard Bryan 0%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 0%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 0%
Julia Carson 0%
William Clay, Sr. 0%
Eva Clayton 0%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 0%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 0%
William Coyne 0%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 0%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 0%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 0%
Bill Delahunt 0%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 0%
Norm Dicks 0%
Julian Dixon 0%
Chris Dodd 0%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 0%
Lane Evans 0%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 0%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 0%
Bob Filner 0%
Barney Frank 0%
Sam Gejdenson 0%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 0%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 0%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 0%
Daniel Inouye 0%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 0%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 0%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
Tom Lantos 0%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 0%
Joe Lieberman 0%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 0%
Robert Matsui 0%
Karen McCarthy 0%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 0%
Martin Meehan 0%
Carrie Meek 0%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 0%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 0%
David Minge 0%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 0%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 0%
John Olver 0%
Major Owens 0%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 0%
Donald Payne 0%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 0%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 0%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 0%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 0%
OH State Senate-28 Thomas Sawyer D 0%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 0%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 0%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 0%
Bruce Vento 0%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 0%
Mel Watt 0%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 0%
Anthony Weiner 0%

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