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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2010 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 4%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 90%
John Adler 15%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 7%
Todd Akin 98%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 79%
Rodney Alexander 80%
Jason Altmire 23%
Rob Andrews 15%
Michael Arcuri 8%
Steve Austria 94%
Joe Baca, Sr. 14%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 93%
Brian Baird 11%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 2%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 99%
J. Gresham Barrett 97%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 33%
Roscoe Bartlett 94%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 94%
Max Baucus 14%
Evan Bayh 24%
Melissa Bean 22%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 3%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 8%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 8%
Bob Bennett 84%
Shelley Berkley 11%
Howard Berman 5%
Marion Berry 35%
Judy Biggert 71%
Brian Bilbray 80%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 89%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 97%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 3%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 98%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 5%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 94%
John Boccieri 6%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 94%
Kit Bond 82%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 91%
Mary Bono Mack 74%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 93%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 24%
Rick Boucher 16%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 93%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 3%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 32%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 96%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 6%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 1%
Bobby Bright 65%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 7%
Henry Brown, Jr. 93%
Scott Brown 74%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 8%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 93%
Ginny Brown-Waite 85%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 79%
Jim Bunning 95%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 95%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 91%
Dan Burton 97%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 8%
Steve Buyer 91%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 90%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 89%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 97%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 10%
Joseph Cao 42%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 71%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 6%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 5%
Dennis Cardoza 22%
Russ Carnahan 3%
Christopher Carney 20%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 12%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 1%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 95%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 7%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 90%
Mike Castle 52%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 2%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 93%
Ben Chandler III 24%
Travis Childers 39%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 1%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 9%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 3%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 8%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 90%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 98%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 80%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 96%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 0%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 93%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 95%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 2%
Kent Conrad 19%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 5%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 25%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 86%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 94%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 20%
Jerry Costello 31%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 2%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 93%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 89%
Mark Critz 36%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 30%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 97%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 3%
Kathy Dahlkemper 15%
Artur Davis 21%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 3%
Geoff Davis 92%
Lincoln Davis 46%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 5%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 14%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 3%
Bill Delahunt 4%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 4%
James DeMint 99%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 65%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 72%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 76%
Norm Dicks 9%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 11%
Charles Djou 38%
Chris Dodd 7%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 7%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 30%
Byron Dorgan 16%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 17%
David Dreier 91%
Steve Driehaus 10%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 88%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 6%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 4%
Chet Edwards 30%
Vern Ehlers 69%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
Brad Ellsworth 24%
Jo Ann Emerson 81%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 6%
John Ensign 94%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 93%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 4%
Bob Etheridge 21%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 97%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 3%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 2%
Russ Feingold 13%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 9%
Bob Filner 4%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 96%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 98%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 95%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 89%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 9%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 99%
Barney Frank 4%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 99%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 66%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 1%
Elton Gallegly 89%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 63%
Gabrielle Giffords 14%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 8%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 97%
Charlie Gonzalez 8%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 95%
Bart Gordon 27%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 88%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 84%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 2%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 22%
Judd Gregg 78%

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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