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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1999 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
John Ashcroft 100%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Jim Bunning 100%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 100%
Philip Crane 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 100%
Jesse Helms 100%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 100%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 100%
Jon Kyl 100%
Richard Pombo 100%
Robert Schaffer 100%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 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 Republican 96%
Larry Combest 96%
Paul Coverdell 96%
Larry Craig 96%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 96%
William Phillip Gramm 96%
Robert Hayes 96%
Van Hilleary 96%
John Nathan Hostettler 96%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 96%
Trent Lott, Sr. 96%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 96%
Don Nickles 96%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 96%
Jim Ryun 96%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 96%
John Shadegg 96%
Bob Smith 96%
Zach Wamp 96%
Wesley Watkins 96%
Wayne Allard 95%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 95%
Dan Burton 95%
Christopher Cox 95%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 95%
David McIntosh 95%
Todd Tiahrt 95%
Chris Cannon 92%
Michael Collins 92%
Thomas DeLay 92%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 92%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
Peter Fitzgerald 92%
William Frist 92%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 92%
Rodney Grams 92%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 92%
Gilbert Gutknecht 92%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 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 Republican 92%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 92%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 92%
Cliff Stearns 92%
Bob Stump 92%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 92%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 92%
David Weldon 92%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 91%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 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 Republican 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 Republican 88%
Ed Bryant 88%
Ben Campbell 88%
Barbara Cubin 88%
Randall Cunningham 88%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 88%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 88%
Rick Hill 88%
Pete Hoekstra 88%
Kay Hutchison 88%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 88%
Dick Lugar 88%
Jack Metcalf 88%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 88%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 88%
Edward Pease 88%
George Radanovich 88%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 88%
Rick Santorum 88%
Floyd Spence 88%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 88%
George Voinovich 88%
Bill Archer 87%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 87%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 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 Republican 86%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 86%
Joe Scarborough 85%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 84%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 84%
Bill Barrett 84%
Bob Bennett 84%
Michael Bilirakis 84%
Kit Bond 84%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 84%
Merrill Cook 84%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 84%
Ernest Fletcher 84%
George Gekas 84%
Jim Gibbons 84%
William Goodling 84%
Slade Gorton 84%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 84%
James Hansen 84%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 84%
Kenny Hulshof 84%
Duncan Hunter 84%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 84%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 84%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 84%
Robert William Ney 84%
William Roth, Jr. 84%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 84%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 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 Republican 83%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 83%
E.G. Shuster 82%
Richard Hugh Baker 80%
Cass Ballenger 80%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 80%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 80%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 80%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 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 Republican 80%
James McCrery III 80%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 80%
James Nussle 80%
John Peterson 80%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 80%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 80%
Donald Sherwood 80%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 80%
Mark Souder 80%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 80%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 80%

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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