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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1998 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 84%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 92%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 96%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 92%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 4%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 96%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 8%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 5%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 88%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 44%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 83%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 88%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 12%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 84%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 92%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 92%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 92%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 12%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 8%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 4%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 36%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 4%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 9%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 56%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 56%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 96%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 13%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 8%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 12%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 72%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 12%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 16%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 76%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 8%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 88%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 28%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 64%
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 4%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 25%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 4%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 8%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 20%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 12%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 8%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 4%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 20%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 92%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 4%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
Neil Abercrombie 12%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 76%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 10%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 12%
Bill Archer 92%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 84%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 88%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 91%
James Barcia 40%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 76%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Joe Barton 100%
Charlie Bass 63%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 86%
Max Baucus 5%
Bob Bennett 64%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 4%
Douglas Bereuter 64%
Howard Berman 5%
Marion Berry 28%
Joe Biden, Jr. 4%
Brian Bilbray 64%
Michael Bilirakis 92%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Rod Blagojevich 8%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 24%
John Boehner 96%
Kit Bond 72%
Henry Bonilla 92%
David Edward Bonior 16%
Mary Bono Mack 95%
Robert Borski, Jr. 12%
Leonard Boswell 36%
Rick Boucher 4%
Barbara Boxer 4%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 32%
Bob Brady 0%
John Breaux 20%
Corrine Brown 4%
George Brown, Jr. 0%
Sam Brownback 92%
Richard Bryan 8%
Ed Bryant 100%
Jim Bunning 92%
Conrad Burns 84%
Dan Burton 96%
Steve Buyer 88%
Robert Byrd 16%
Herbert Callahan 96%
Dave Camp 96%
Ben Campbell 76%
Thomas Campbell 52%
Chris Cannon 95%
Lois Capps 18%
Julia Carson 0%
Mike Castle 42%
John Chafee 32%
Saxby Chambliss 96%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 92%
William Clay, Sr. 5%
Eva Clayton 0%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 0%
Robert Clement 24%
Howard Coble 96%
Thomas Coburn 100%
Thad Cochran 76%
Michael Collins 100%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 56%
Kent Conrad 16%
John Conyers, Jr. 0%
Merrill Cook 84%
John Cooksey 96%
Jerry Costello 25%
Paul Coverdell 92%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 4%
Larry Craig 84%
Robert Cramer 44%
Philip Crane 96%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Patsy Ann Danner 52%
Thomas Daschle 4%
James Davis 16%
Thomas Davis III 64%
Nathan Deal 88%
Bill Delahunt 8%
Thomas DeLay 96%
Peter Deutsch 4%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 68%
Jay Dickey 96%
Norm Dicks 0%
John Dingell 8%
Julian Dixon 0%
Chris Dodd 4%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 70%
Calvin Dooley 4%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 12%
David Dreier 92%

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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