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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2008 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 58%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 71%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 84%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 50%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 92%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 84%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 8%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 91%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 0%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 100%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 0%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 0%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 0%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 8%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 9%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 60%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 52%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 76%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 4%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 8%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 4%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 4%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 4%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 76%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 96%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 88%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 80%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 91%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 8%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 4%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 72%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 92%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 80%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 4%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 84%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 100%
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 8%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 8%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 5%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 20%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 44%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 16%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 0%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 20%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 88%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 4%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 88%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 80%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 8%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 16%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 79%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 12%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 0%
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 84%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 96%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 4%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 28%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 4%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 12%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 4%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 23%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 50%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke 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 8%
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 4%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 8%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 13%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 63%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 4%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 96%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 96%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 88%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 8%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 75%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 12%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 20%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 8%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 0%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 4%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 8%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 82%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 92%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 84%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 72%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 96%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 20%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 12%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 8%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 8%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 4%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 8%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 8%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 12%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy Rodgers Republican 92%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 4%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 12%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 8%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 4%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 96%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 48%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 96%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 96%
Neil Abercrombie 8%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 96%
Rodney Alexander 84%
Jason Altmire 24%
Rob Andrews 0%
Michael Arcuri 4%
Joe Baca, Sr. 8%
Michele Bachmann 100%
Spencer Bachus 84%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 76%
Brian Baird 4%
J. Gresham Barrett 96%
John Barrow 24%
Roscoe Bartlett 96%
Joe Barton 96%
Max Baucus 8%
Evan Bayh 29%

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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