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Joaquin Castro's Ratings and Endorsements

Business and Consumers

2016 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions (Cumulative) 48%
2016 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 62%
2015-2016 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 13%
2015-2016 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 0%
2015-2016 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores 36%
2015-2016 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 30%
2015-2016 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions (114th Congress) 7%
2015-2016 National Federation of Independent Business - Pre-Election Report 7%
2015-2016 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 37%
2015-2016 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Lifetime Scores 37%
2015-2016 National Retail Federation - Positions 20%
2015-2016 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 35%
2015 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 57%
2015 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions (Lifetime) 28%
2015 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 23%
2015 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions (Cumulative) 43%
2015 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 45%
2014 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions (Cumulative) 42%
2014 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 43%
2013-2014 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 80%
2013-2014 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores (Environment) 0%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores 36%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 36%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores (Labor) 0%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores (Infrastructure) 75%
2013-2014 Associated General Contractors of America - Lifetime Scores (Other) 100%
2013-2014 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 100%
2013-2014 Metals Service Center Institute - Positions 16%
2013-2014 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 25%
2013-2014 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions (Interim Mid-Year) 76%
2013-2014 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions (113th Congress) 0%
2013-2014 National Retail Federation - Positions: Healthcare (House Only) 0%
2013-2014 National Retail Federation - Lifetime Score: Legal Reform (House Only) 28%
2013-2014 National Retail Federation - Positions: Legal Reform (House Only) 100%
2013-2014 National Retail Federation - Positions: Budget/Tax 0%
2013-2014 National Retail Federation - Positions: Labor 50%
2013-2014 National Small Business Association - Positions 30%
2013-2014 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 30%
2013-2014 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions (113th Congress, first session) 11%
2013-2014 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 9%
2013 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 83%
2013 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 0%
2013 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 0%
2013 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 42%
2013 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 42%
2012-2013 Metals Service Center Institute - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 20%
2011-2012 Texas National Federation of Independent Business - Positions [House Only] 67%
2011 Texas Association of Business - Positions 32%
2011 Texas Association of Business - Cumulative Score 33%
2011 Texas Watch - Positions on Consumer Protection (House Only) 96%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Other Conservative Issues Score 13%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Social Issues 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Total Score 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Economic Issues 24%
2009 Texas Association of Business - Positions 45%
2009 Texas Association of Business - Lifetime Score 34%
2009 Texas National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 71%
2007 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Conservative Issues 33
2007 Texas Association of Business - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 57
2007 Texas National Federation of Independent Business - Positions on Pro-Small Business Policy 75
2005-2006 Texas National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 83%
2005 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2005 Texas Association of Business - Positions 33%
2003 Heritage Alliance - Positions 8%
2003 Texas Association of Business - Positions 0%

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2015-2016 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 94%
2015-2016 EarthRights International - Positions 63%
2015-2016 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 100%
2015-2016 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
2015-2016 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2015-2016 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 89%
2015 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 100%
2015 EarthRights International - Positions 50%
2015 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 100%
2015 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2015 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 100%
2014 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 100%
2014 Hispanic Federation, LCLAA, LULAC, Mi Familia Vota, NCLR, and Voto Latino - National Immigration Scorecard 100%
2014 Human Rights Campaign - Positions on Marriage 100%
2014 Liberty for All - Positions 32%
2014 Liberty Guard - Positions 0%
2014 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 100%
2014 Stand Against Spying - Positions 25%
2014 UnidosUS (formerly known as National Council of La Raza) - Positions (Preliminary) 100%
2013-2014 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 83%
2013-2014 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
2013-2014 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2013 EarthRights International - Positions 13%
2013 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 64%
2013 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Personal Liberties 42%
2013 Venn Institute - Scorecard for International Religious Freedom 0%
2007-2016 National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund - Positions 100%

Conservative

2016 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score (Congressional) 5%
2016 American Conservative Union - Positions 0%
2015-2016 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 7%
2015-2016 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 3%
2015-2016 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2015-2016 Eagle Forum - Positions 13%
2015-2016 Heritage Action for America - Positions 11%
2015-2016 The John Birch Society - Positions 18%
2015 American Conservative Union - Positions 0%
2015 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 6%
2015 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 12%
2015 The John Birch Society - Positions 16%
2014 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Scores 10%
2014 American Conservative Union - Positions 8%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score (June 23, 2014) 18%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 11%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (June 23, 2014) 18%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (Jan. 7, 2014) 11%
2014 Conservative Review - Positions 6%
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (113th Congress) 13%
2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 25%
2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 25%
2013-2014 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Faith and Freedom Coalition - Positions 9%
2013-2014 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Conservative Action Score 33
2013-2014 The John Birch Society - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 31%
2013-2014 The New American - Positions (captured September 2, 2014) 28%
2013 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 12%
2013 American Conservative Union - Positions 12%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013 National Journal - Conservative (Composite) 26%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy 13%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy 36%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 10%
2013 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 25
2007 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 44%

Environment

2016 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 100%
2015-2016 Clean Water Action - Positions 86%
2015-2016 EarthRights International - Positions 63%
2015-2016 Environment America - Positions 100%
2015-2016 Food Policy Action - Positions 94%
2015 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 100%
2015 EarthRights International - Positions 50%
2015 Environment America - Positions 100%
2015 Food Policy Action - Positions 90%
2014 Environment America - Positions 93%
2014 Food Policy Action - Positions 89%
2014 League of Conservation Voters - Lifetime Score 94%
2013-2014 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Clean Water Action - Positions 100%
2013-2014 Food Policy Action - Positions 89%
2013-2014 League of Conservation Voters - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 94%
2013 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 83%
2013 EarthRights International - Positions 13%
2013 Environment America - Positions 91%
2013 Food Policy Action - Positions 85%
2013 League of Conservation Voters - Lifetime Score 96%
2013 League of Conservation Voters - Positions 96%
2011 Environment Texas - Positions 100%
2011 Environment Texas - Lifetime Score 93%
2011 Sierra Club-Lone Star Chapter - Postions 100%
2011 Texas League of Conservation Voters - Positions 100%
2009 Environment Texas - Lifetime Score 86%
2009 Environment Texas - Positions 75%
2009 Sierra Club-Lone Star Chapter - Positions 100%
2009 Texas Campaign for the Environment - Positions 92%
2009 Texas League of Conservation Voters - Positions 92%
2007 Environment Texas - Positions on Environmental Conservation 83
2007 Texas Campaign for the Environment - Positions 92%
2007 Texas League of Conservation Voters - Positions on Environmental Conservation 92%
2005 Environment Texas - Positions on Environmental Conservation 100
2005 Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance - Positions 50%
2005 Texas League of Conservation Voters - Positions 100%
2003 Sierra Club-Lone Star Chapter - Positions 100%
2003 Texas League of Conservation Voters - Positions 100%

Fiscally Conservative

2016 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score (Congressional) 5%
2016 American Conservative Union - Positions 0%
2016 The Club for Growth - Positions 0%
2016 The Club for Growth - Positions (Lifetime) 7%
2015-2016 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 3%
2015-2016 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 7%
2015-2016 Heritage Action for America - Positions 11%
2015-2016 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 6%
2015 American Conservative Union - Positions 0%
2015 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 12%
2015 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 6%
2015 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 16%
2015 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 21%
2015 The Club for Growth - Positions 0%
2015 The Club for Growth - Positions (Lifetime) 9%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score (June 23, 2014) 18%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (Jan. 7, 2014) 11%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (June 23, 2014) 18%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 11%
2014 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Positions 0%
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (113th Congress) 13%
2013-2014 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 3%
2013 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Workplace Choice (August, 2013) 0%
2013 FreedomWorks - Positions 15%
2013 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 15%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Liberty Index 26%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Personal Liberties 42%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 10%
2013 The Club for Growth - Positions (lifetime) 13%
2013 The Club for Growth - Positions 13%
2012 Texas Conservative Roundtable - Positions 41%
2011 Americans for Prosperity Texas - Positions 31%
2011 Empower Texans/Texans for Fiscal Responsibility - Positions 0%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 15%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 13%
2009 Americans for Prosperity Texas - Positions 74%
2009 Empower Texans/Texans for Fiscal Responsibility - Positions 30%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Total Score 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Economic Issues 24%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Other Conservative Issues Score 13%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Social Issues 20%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 16%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 13%
2007 Americans for Prosperity Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues 32%
2007 Empower Texans/Texans for Fiscal Responsibility - Positions on the Size and Role of Government 23.08
2007 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Conservative Issues 33
2007 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 44%
2007 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues 12
2005 Americans for Prosperity Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues F
2005 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2005 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 29%
2003 Heritage Alliance - Positions 8%
2003 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 10%

Health and Health Care

2017 Planned Parenthood Action Fund - Positions (Lifetime) [10/13] 100%
2016 American Public Health Association - Positions 100%
2016 Planned Parenthood Action Fund - Positions (Lifetime) [12/30] 100%
2015-2016 Food Policy Action - Positions 94%
2015 American Public Health Association - Positions 100%
2015 American Veterinary Medical Association - Positions on Professional Advocacy 100%
2015 Food Policy Action - Positions 90%
2015 Planned Parenthood Action Fund - Lifetime Score 100%
2014 Alzheimer's Impact Movement - Positions 0%
2014 American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - Positions (House Only) 0%
2014 American Veterinary Medical Association - Positions on Professional Advocacy 100%
2014 Food Policy Action - Positions 89%
2014 National Right to Life Committee - Positions (June 4, 2014) 0%
2014 Planned Parenthood Action Fund - Positions (June 27, 2014) 100%
2014 Planned Parenthood Action Fund - Positions captured January 9, 2014 (reflect past 6 years' voting record) 100%
2013-2014 Food Policy Action - Positions 89%
2013-2014 National Breast Cancer Coalition - Positions 33%
2013 American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - Positions (House Only) 0%
2013 American Public Health Association - Positions 100%
2013 Food Policy Action - Positions 85%
2013 National Right to Life Committee - Positions (Jan. 14, 2014) 0%
2007 Texas Public Interest Research Group - Positions on Public Interest Advocacy 67
2005 Texas Public Interest Research Group - Positions 100%
2003 Texas Public Interest Research Group - Positions 100%

Labor Unions

2016 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 69%
2016 National Treasury Employees Union - Positions 100%
2015 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 100%
2015 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Scores 98%
2015 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 100%
2015 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 100%
2015 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 84%
2015 National Treasury Employees Union - Positions 100%
2015 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 86%
2014 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 100%
2014 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 97%
2014 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 100%
2014 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 100%
2014 National Treasury Employees Union - Positions 100%
2014 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 86%
2013-2014 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions (House) 100%
2013-2014 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 100%
2013-2014 Workplace Choice - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 7%
2013-2014 Workplace Choice - Positions 0%
2013 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 89%
2013 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Scores 95%
2013 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 95%
2013 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 100%
2013 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Lifetime Score 100%
2013 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 85%
2013 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 0%
2013 National Treasury Employees Union - Positions 100%

Religion

2015-2016 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative - Positions 40%
2015-2016 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2015-2016 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 100%
2015-2016 The John Birch Society - Positions 18%
2015 Family Research Council - Positions 0%
2015 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 100%
2015 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 91%
2015 The John Birch Society - Positions 16%
2014 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2014 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2014 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 100%
2014 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2014 Secular Coalition for America - Positions 71%
2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 25%
2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 25%
2013-2014 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2013-2014 Family Policy Alliance - Positions (House Only) 0%
2013-2014 Muslim Public Affairs Council - Positions 21%
2013-2014 The John Birch Society - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 31%
2013 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions 100%
2013 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Family Research Council - Positions (113th Congress, first session) 0%
2013 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 64%
2013 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2013 Secular Coalition for America - Congressional Positions 55%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 10%
2013 Venn Institute - Scorecard for International Religious Freedom 0%
2013 Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) - Positions 66%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Total Score 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Other Conservative Issues Score 13%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Social Issues 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Economic Issues 24%
2007-2016 National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund - Positions 100%
2007 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Conservative Issues 33
2006 Texas Freedom Network - Positions on Individual Rights and Liberties 88
2005 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2005 Texas Freedom Network - Positions 100%
2003 Heritage Alliance - Positions 8%
2003 Texas Christian Coalition - Positions 33%

Socially Conservative

2016 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score (Congressional) 5%
2016 American Conservative Union - Positions 0%
2016 American Conservative Union - Positions 0%
2016 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score (Congressional) 5%
2015-2016 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2015-2016 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2015-2016 Heritage Action for America - Positions 11%
2015-2016 Heritage Action for America - Positions 11%
2015-2016 The John Birch Society - Positions 18%
2015-2016 The John Birch Society - Positions 18%
2015 American Conservative Union - Positions 0%
2015 American Conservative Union - Positions 0%
2015 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 21%
2015 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 21%
2015 The John Birch Society - Positions 16%
2015 The John Birch Society - Positions 16%
2014 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2014 American Family Association - Positions 0%
2014 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2014 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0%
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (113th Congress) 13%
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (113th Congress) 13%
2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 25%
2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 25%
2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 25%
2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 25%
2013-2014 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013-2014 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013-2014 The John Birch Society - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 31%
2013-2014 The John Birch Society - Positions (113th Congress, full session) 31%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0%
2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy 28%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy 28%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Liberty Index 26%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Personal Liberties 42%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Personal Liberties 42%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 10%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 10%
2013 Republican Liberty Caucus - Liberty Index 26%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 10%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 10%
2012 Texas Conservative Roundtable - Positions 41%
2012 Texas Conservative Roundtable - Positions 41%
2011 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 8%
2011 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 8%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 15%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 13%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 13%
2011 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 15%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Social Issues 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Other Conservative Issues Score 13%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Economic Issues 24%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Economic Issues 24%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Other Conservative Issues Score 13%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Social Issues 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Total Score 20%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Total Score 20%
2009 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 12%
2009 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 12%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 16%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Lifetime Score 16%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 13%
2009 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 13%
2007 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Conservative Issues 33
2007 Heritage Alliance - Positions on Conservative Issues 33
2007 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 44%
2007 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 44%
2007 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues 12
2007 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions on Conservative Issues 12
2005 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2005 Heritage Alliance - Positions 11%
2005 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 8%
2005 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 8%
2005 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 29%
2005 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 29%
2003 Heritage Alliance - Positions 8%
2003 Heritage Alliance - Positions 8%
2003 Texas Christian Coalition - Positions 33%
2003 Texas Christian Coalition - Positions 33%
2003 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 13%
2003 Texas Eagle Forum - Positions 13%
2003 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 10%
2003 Young Conservatives of Texas - Positions 10%

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