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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2009 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 70%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 76%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 75%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 80%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 90%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 93%
AZ U.S. House 2 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 36%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 3%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 1%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 2%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 23%
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 93%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 89%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 5%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 3%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 8%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 3%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 100%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 1%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 4%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 1%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 6%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 3%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 4%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 4%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 12%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 89%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 3%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 77%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 5%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 1%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 75%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 89%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 31%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 3%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 2%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 21%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 1%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 84%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 97%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 92%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 96%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 86%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 6%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 17%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 3%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 2%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 9%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 89%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 11%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 2%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 87%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 92%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 90%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 88%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 1%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 85%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 88%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 3%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 2%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 14%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 5%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 3%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 14%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 7%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 49%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 0%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 9%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 8%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 72%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 11%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 2%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 44%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 93%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 10%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 96%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 4%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 91%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 91%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 10%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 16%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 91%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 8%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 88%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 8%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 99%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 98%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 87%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 97%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 8%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 8%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 60%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 12%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 12%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 5%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 4%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 0%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 4%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 6%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 10%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 75%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 6%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 3%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 3%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 3%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 6%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 8%
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 99%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 15%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 79%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 15%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 98%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 94%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 93%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 9%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 81%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 5%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 14%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 8%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 9%
PA U.S. House 15 GT Thompson, Jr. Republican 88%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 18%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 6%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 3%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 11%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 90%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 94%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 9%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 88%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 79%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 98%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 92%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 23%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 98%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 87%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 6%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 6%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 7%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 97%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 24%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 95%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 7%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 6%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 7%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 3%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 3%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 10%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 13%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 94%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 15%

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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