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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1999 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 4%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 84%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 77%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 4%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 4%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 66%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 92%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 88%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 84%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 84%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 83%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 64%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 4%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 87%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 84%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 92%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 87%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 4%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 0%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 12%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 76%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 4%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 92%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 4%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 80%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 84%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 4%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 12%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 4%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 4%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 86%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 84%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 86%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 96%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 4%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 80%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 73%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 28%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 0%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 84%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 80%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 12%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 80%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 80%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 8%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 68%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 8%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 52%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 4%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 80%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 79%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 8%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 18%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 48%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 75%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 4%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 4%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 4%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 96%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 80%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 8%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 8%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 92%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 92%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 26%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 4%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 4%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 96%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 5%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 20%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 92%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 4%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 96%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 72%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 80%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 95%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 91%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 8%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 0%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 84%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 80%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 4%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 92%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 4%
Neil Abercrombie 4%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 88%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 4%
Wayne Allard 95%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 20%
Bill Archer 87%
Richard Armey 96%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 84%
Brian Baird 4%
Richard Hugh Baker 80%
Cass Ballenger 80%
James Barcia 52%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 84%
Roscoe Bartlett 96%
Charlie Bass 68%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 76%
Max Baucus 4%
Evan Bayh 12%
Bob Bennett 84%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 8%
Douglas Bereuter 62%
Shelley Berkley 4%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 29%
Judy Biggert 60%
Brian Bilbray 68%
Michael Bilirakis 84%
Jeff Bingaman 4%
Rod Blagojevich 8%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 83%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
John Boehner 91%
Kit Bond 84%
Henry Bonilla 91%
David Edward Bonior 4%
Mary Bono Mack 76%
Robert Borski, Jr. 12%
Leonard Boswell 32%
Rick Boucher 21%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 20%
John Breaux 17%
Richard Bryan 0%
Ed Bryant 88%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 96%
Dan Burton 95%

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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