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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2002 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 86%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 89%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 92%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 96%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 8%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 0%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 25%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 96%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 95%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 94%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 12%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 100%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 96%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 100%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 88%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 13%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 55%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 92%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 4%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 48%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 4%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 8%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 96%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 8%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 80%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 4%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 12%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 0%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 10%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 83%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 92%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 18%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 95%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 96%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 15%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 96%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 12%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 8%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 8%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 83%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 92%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 4%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 4%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 0%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 10%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 25%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 24%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 23%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 4%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 8%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 92%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 76%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
Neil Abercrombie 12%
Gary Ackerman 4%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 100%
Wayne Allard 100%
George Allen 84%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 8%
Joe Baca, Sr. 13%
Spencer Bachus 100%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 100%
Brian Baird 12%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 96%
Roscoe Bartlett 96%
Joe Barton 96%
Charlie Bass 80%
Max Baucus 37%
Evan Bayh 30%
Bob Bennett 100%
Douglas Bereuter 72%
Shelley Berkley 16%
Howard Berman 10%
Marion Berry 32%
Joe Biden, Jr. 10%
Judy Biggert 84%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 17%
Sherwood Boehlert 64%
John Boehner 88%
Kit Bond 84%
Henry Bonilla 92%
Mary Bono Mack 71%
Leonard Boswell 32%
Rick Boucher 21%
Barbara Boxer 5%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 40%
Bob Brady 4%
John Breaux 42%
Corrine Brown 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 96%
Sam Brownback 100%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 91%
Robert Byrd 15%
Dave Camp 96%
Ben Campbell 88%
Chris Cannon 95%
Eric Cantor 100%
Lois Capps 12%
Mike Capuano 4%
Brad Carson 40%
Julia Carson 0%
Mike Castle 76%
Lincoln Chafee 53%
Saxby Chambliss 100%
Hillary Clinton 10%
Howard Coble 92%
Thad Cochran 90%
Michael Collins 100%
Larry Combest 94%
Kent Conrad 10%
John Conyers, Jr. 0%
Jon Corzine 5%
Jerry Costello 36%
Christopher Cox 96%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 56%
Philip Crane 100%
Ander Crenshaw 96%
Joe Crowley 8%
Barbara Cubin 100%
John Culberson 100%
Randall Cunningham 96%
Thomas Daschle 22%
James Davis 24%
Jo Ann Davis 96%
Thomas Davis III 88%
Mark Dayton 11%
Nathan Deal 100%
Bill Delahunt 0%
Thomas DeLay 92%
James DeMint 100%
Peter Deutsch 12%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 88%
Norm Dicks 13%

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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