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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2005 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 83%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 83%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 88%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 88%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 92%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 96%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 32%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 0%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 0%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
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 8%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 92%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 45%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 38%
HI U.S. House 1 Edward Case Democratic 12%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 96%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
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 4%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 16%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 92%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 0%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 8%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 88%
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 92%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 12%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 20%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 12%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 32%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 12%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 80%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 0%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 56%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 96%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 21%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 92%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 96%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 12%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 12%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 4%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 100%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 92%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 60%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 4%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 60%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 4%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 0%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 0%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 83%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 12%
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 0%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 16%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 24%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 80%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 25%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 56%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 92%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 76%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 12%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 16%
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 96%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 9%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 92%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 88%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 24%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 16%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 14%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 52%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 4%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 100%
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 8%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 8%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 16%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy Rodgers Republican 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 12%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 20%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 96%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 76%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 96%
Neil Abercrombie 12%
Gary Ackerman 4%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 8%
Todd Akin 100%
Rodney Alexander 92%
Wayne Allard 96%
George Allen 100%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 8%
Joe Baca, Sr. 32%
Spencer Bachus 92%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 92%
Brian Baird 9%
Richard Hugh Baker 92%
J. Gresham Barrett 100%
John Barrow 40%
Roscoe Bartlett 84%
Joe Barton 92%
Charlie Bass 58%
Max Baucus 24%
Evan Bayh 20%
Melissa Bean 12%
Bob Beauprez 100%
Bob Bennett 92%
Shelley Berkley 13%
Howard Berman 4%
Marion Berry 52%
Joe Biden, Jr. 8%
Judy Biggert 60%
Michael Bilirakis 84%
Jeff Bingaman 13%
Tim Bishop 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 36%
John Boehner 100%
Kit Bond 88%
Henry Bonilla 92%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 100%
Mary Bono Mack 71%
Dan Boren 64%
Leonard Boswell 32%
Rick Boucher 25%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 96%
Barbara Boxer 12%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 42%
Bob Brady 4%
Corrine Brown 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 96%
Sam Brownback 100%
Ginny Brown-Waite 87%

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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