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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union (Iowa State Legislature)

2012 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
IA State House 1 Jeff Smith Republican 100%
IA State House 3 Daniel Huseman Republican 89%
IA State House 4 Dwayne Alons Republican 100%
IA State House 5 Chuck Soderberg Republican 100%
IA State House 6 Ron Jorgensen Republican 100%
IA State House 8 Henry Rayhons Republican 89%
IA State House 9 Helen Miller Democratic 11%
IA State House 10 Tom Shaw Republican 89%
IA State House 11 Gary Worthan Republican 89%
IA State House 12 Dan Muhlbauer Democratic 33%
IA State House 13 Chris Hall Democratic 22%
IA State House 15 Mark Brandenburg Republican 71%
IA State House 16 Mary Ann Hanusa Republican 89%
IA State House 17 Matt Windschitl Republican 100%
IA State House 18 Jason Schultz Republican 100%
IA State House 19 Ralph Watts Republican 100%
IA State House 20 Clel Baudler Republican 89%
IA State House 21 Jack Drake Republican 78%
IA State House 22 Greg Forristall Republican 89%
IA State House 24 Cecil Dolecheck Republican 89%
IA State House 27 Joel Fry Republican 100%
IA State House 29 Dan Kelley Democratic 22%
IA State House 31 Rick Olson Democratic 13%
IA State House 32 Ruth Ann Gaines Democratic 13%
IA State House 34 Bruce Hunter Democratic 22%
IA State House 38 Kevin Koester Republican 89%
IA State House 41 Jo Oldson Democratic 0%
IA State House 42 Peter Cownie Republican 89%
IA State House 43 Chris Hagenow Republican 100%
IA State House 45 Beth Wessel-Kroeschell Democratic 11%
IA State House 46 Lisa Heddens Democratic 11%
IA State House 47 Chip Baltimore Republican 100%
IA State House 48 Robert Bacon Republican 71%
IA State House 49 Dave Deyoe Republican 89%
IA State House 50 Patrick Grassley Republican 89%
IA State House 51 Joshua Byrnes Republican 89%
IA State House 53 Sharon Steckman Democratic 0%
IA State House 54 Linda Upmeyer Republican 89%
IA State House 55 Roger Thomas Democratic 22%
IA State House 58 Brian Moore Republican 89%
IA State House 59 Bob Kressig Democratic 0%
IA State House 60 Walt Rogers Republican 100%
IA State House 61 Anesa Kajtazovic Democratic 0%
IA State House 62 Deborah Berry Democratic 11%
IA State House 65 Tyler Olson Democratic 0%
IA State House 67 Kraig Paulsen Republican 89%
IA State House 69 Kirsten Running-Marquardt Democratic 11%
IA State House 70 Todd Taylor Democratic 11%
IA State House 71 Mark Smith Democratic 0%
IA State House 74 Dave Jacoby Democratic 0%
IA State House 75 Dawn Pettengill Republican 100%
IA State House 78 Jarad Klein Republican 100%
IA State House 79 Guy Vander Linden Republican 100%
IA State House 81 Mary Gaskill Democratic 11%
IA State House 82 Curt Hanson Democratic 11%
IA State House 83 Jerry Kearns Democratic 0%
IA State House 84 David Heaton Republican 89%
IA State House 85 Vicki Lensing Democratic 22%
IA State House 86 Mary Mascher Democratic 13%
IA State House 87 Dennis Cohoon Democratic 0%
IA State House 88 Tom Sands Republican 100%
IA State House 89 Jim Lykam Democratic 0%
IA State House 90 Cindy Winckler Democratic 11%
IA State House 91 Mark Lofgren Republican 100%
IA State House 93 Phyllis Thede Democratic 11%
IA State House 94 Linda Miller Republican 89%
IA State House 96 Lee Hein Republican 78%
IA State House 97 Steven Olson Republican 78%
IA State House 98 Mary Wolfe Democratic 0%
IA State House 99 Pat Murphy Democratic 11%
IA State House 100 Charles Isenhart Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 1 David Johnson Republican 86%
IA State Senate 2 Randy Feenstra Republican 86%
IA State Senate 3 Bill Anderson Republican 57%
IA State Senate 5 Daryl Beall Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 7 Rick Bertrand Republican 67%
IA State Senate 8 Michael Gronstal Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 9 Nancy Boettger Republican 57%
IA State Senate 11 Hubert Houser Republican 86%
IA State Senate 12 Joni Ernst Republican 86%
IA State Senate 13 Julian Garrett Republican 89%
IA State Senate 15 Dennis Black Democratic 14%
IA State Senate 16 Dick Dearden Democratic 14%
IA State Senate 17 Jack Hatch Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 18 Janet Petersen Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 19 Jack Whitver Republican 100%
IA State Senate 20 Brad Zaun Republican 100%
IA State Senate 21 Matthew McCoy Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 23 Herman Quirmbach Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 24 Jerry Behn Republican 100%
IA State Senate 25 Bill Dix Republican 100%
IA State Senate 26 Mary Jo Wilhelm Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 27 Amanda Ragan Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 29 Tod Bowman Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 30 Jeff Danielson Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 31 Bill Dotzler, Jr. Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 32 Brian Schoenjahn Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 33 Robert Hogg Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 34 Liz Mathis Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 35 Wally Horn Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 36 Steve Sodders Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 37 Robert Dvorsky Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 38 Tim Kapucian Republican 57%
IA State Senate 39 Sandy Greiner Republican 83%
IA State Senate 41 Chelgren Republican 100%
IA State Senate 43 Joe Bolkcom Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 44 Thomas Courtney Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 45 Joe Seng Democratic 0%
IA State Senate 47 Roby Smith Republican 86%
IA State Senate 50 Pam Jochum Democratic 0%
IA Supervisor At-Large Dan Muhlbauer 33%
Richard Anderson 89%
Rich Arnold 86%
Merlin Bartz 57%
Royd Chambers 89%
Betty De Boef 88%
Eugene Fraise 0%
Bob Hager 100%
Jim Hahn 86%
Shawn Hamerlinck 71%
Tom Hancock 0%
Erik Helland 100%
Lance Horbach 100%
Stewart Iverson, Jr. 89%
Jeff Kaufmann 78%
Steve Kettering 100%
John Kibbie 0%
Steven Lukan 88%
Glen Massie 78%
Kevin McCarthy 14%
Paul McKinley 100%
Ross Paustian 89%
Kim Pearson 89%
Brian Quirk 63%
Scott Raecker 100%
Daniel Rasmussen 89%
Thomas Rielly 0%
Renee Schulte 78%
James Seymour 100%
Kent Sorenson 86%
Kurt Swaim 71%
Annette Sweeney 100%
Jeremy Taylor 100%
Dave Tjepkes 89%
James Van Engelenhoven 89%
Nick Wagner 100%
Pat Ward 71%
Andrew Wenthe 13%
Nate Willems 0%
John Wittneben 22%

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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