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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2000 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 73%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 88%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 83%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 28%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 8%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 95%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 12%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 8%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 4%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 84%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 4%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 96%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 88%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 80%
IL Board Member At-Large David Phelps 32%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 12%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 92%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 92%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 100%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 80%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 8%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 12%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 76%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 16%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 60%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 32%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 96%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 84%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 8%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 4%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 8%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 12%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 20%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 9%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 64%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 22%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 9%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 87%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 18%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 80%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 91%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 8%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 88%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 8%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 95%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 20%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 44%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 8%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 12%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 4%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 8%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 4%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 8%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 21%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 28%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 4%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 8%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 88%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 8%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
Neil Abercrombie 12%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 92%
Gary Ackerman 13%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 12%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 4%
Rob Andrews 20%
Bill Archer 95%
Richard Armey 92%
John Ashcroft 96%
Joe Baca, Sr. 16%
Spencer Bachus 88%
Brian Baird 12%
Richard Hugh Baker 75%
Joseph Baldacci 8%
Cass Ballenger 91%
James Barcia 56%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 87%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Joe Barton 100%
Charlie Bass 75%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 82%
Max Baucus 16%
Evan Bayh 16%
Bob Bennett 95%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 8%
Douglas Bereuter 64%
Shelley Berkley 28%
Howard Berman 4%
Marion Berry 48%
Joe Biden, Jr. 16%
Judy Biggert 68%
Brian Bilbray 68%
Michael Bilirakis 80%
Jeff Bingaman 16%
Rod Blagojevich 25%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 82%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
John Boehner 87%
Kit Bond 92%
Henry Bonilla 82%
David Edward Bonior 8%
Mary Bono Mack 68%
Robert Borski, Jr. 16%
Leonard Boswell 41%
Rick Boucher 29%
Barbara Boxer 4%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 40%
Bob Brady 12%
John Breaux 40%
Corrine Brown 9%
Sam Brownback 100%
Richard Bryan 16%
Ed Bryant 95%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 87%
Dan Burton 91%
Steve Buyer 84%
Robert Byrd 28%
Herbert Callahan 69%
Dave Camp 84%
Ben Campbell 96%
Thomas Campbell 64%
Chris Cannon 100%
Lois Capps 16%
Mike Capuano 0%
Julia Carson 4%
Mike Castle 68%
Lincoln Chafee 12%
Saxby Chambliss 91%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 95%
William Clay, Sr. 5%
Eva Clayton 16%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 24%
Robert Clement 40%
Howard Coble 86%
Thomas Coburn 95%
Thad Cochran 92%
Michael Collins 96%
Larry Combest 88%
Gary Condit 44%
Kent Conrad 29%
John Conyers, Jr. 0%
Merrill Cook 90%
John Cooksey 73%
Jerry Costello 33%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 8%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 40%
Philip Crane 100%
Joe Crowley 20%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Elijah Cummings 4%
Randall Cunningham 92%
Patsy Ann Danner 56%
Thomas Daschle 8%
James Davis 16%
Thomas Davis III 70%

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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