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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1996 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 89%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 95%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 85%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 30%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 90%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 95%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 15%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 95%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 95%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 95%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 11%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 11%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 10%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 85%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 53%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 5%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 80%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 10%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 79%
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 5%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 15%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 85%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 15%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 5%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 32%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 5%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 5%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 5%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 0%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 5%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 0%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 5%
Neil Abercrombie 0%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 95%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 5%
Wayne Allard 100%
Rob Andrews 25%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 95%
Henry Scott Baesler 25%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 95%
William Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 47%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 95%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Joe Barton 89%
Charlie Bass 100%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 85%
Max Baucus 20%
Anthony Beilenson 0%
Bob Bennett 95%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 10%
Douglas Bereuter 60%
Howard Berman 0%
Tom Bevill 41%
Joe Biden, Jr. 20%
Brian Bilbray 74%
Michael Bilirakis 90%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
Peter Blute 60%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
John Boehner 100%
Kit Bond 90%
Henry Bonilla 85%
David Edward Bonior 5%
Sonny Bono 95%
Robert Borski, Jr. 10%
Rick Boucher 15%
Barbara Boxer 5%
Bill Bradley 5%
John Breaux 20%
Bill Brewster 68%
Glen Browder 58%
Corrine Brown 0%
George Brown, Jr. 0%
Hank Brown 95%
Sam Brownback 100%
Richard Bryan 10%
Ed Bryant 100%
John Bryant 0%
Dale Bumpers 0%
Jim Bunn 65%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 95%
Robert Byrd 15%
Herbert Callahan 100%
Dave Camp 95%
Ben Campbell 78%
Thomas Campbell 60%
Mike Castle 60%
John Chafee 60%
Saxby Chambliss 100%
Jim Chapman 14%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 95%
Jon Lynn Christensen 100%
Dick Chrysler 95%
William Clay, Sr. 6%
Eva Clayton 5%
Robert Clement 30%
William Clinger 83%
Dan Coats 100%
Howard Coble 90%
Thomas Coburn 89%
Thad Cochran 94%
William Cohen 59%
Ronald Coleman 0%
Barbara-Rose Collins 0%
Cardiss Collins 0%
Michael Collins 100%
Larry Combest 95%
Gary Condit 70%
Kent Conrad 15%
John Conyers, Jr. 0%
Wes Cooley 95%
Jerry Costello 30%
Paul Coverdell 100%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 0%
Larry Craig 95%
Robert Cramer 55%
Philip Crane 100%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 95%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Alfonse D'Amato 75%
Patsy Ann Danner 45%
Thomas Daschle 0%
Thomas Davis III 79%
Nathan Deal 90%
Eligio de la Garza II 36%
Thomas DeLay 100%
Ronald Dellums 0%
Peter Deutsch 18%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
Jay Dickey 100%
Norm Dicks 0%
John Dingell 25%
Julian Dixon 0%
Chris Dodd 10%
Robert Dole 87%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 85%
Calvin Dooley 15%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 20%
Robert Dornan 95%
David Dreier 100%
John Duncan, Jr. 85%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
Chet Edwards 20%
Vern Ehlers 79%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 100%
Bill Emerson 100%

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.

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