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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2011 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 4%
Sandy Adams 88%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 76%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 92%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 75%
Rodney Alexander 68%
Jason Altmire 20%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 92%
Rob Andrews 0%
Steve Austria 80%
Kelly Ayotte 95%
Joe Baca, Sr. 4%
Michele Bachmann 95%
Spencer Bachus 80%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 79%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 4%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 76%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 89%
John Barrow 20%
Roscoe Bartlett 76%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 87%
Charlie Bass 52%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 0%
Max Baucus 5%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 4%
Mark Begich 0%
Dan Benishek 88%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 5%
Rick Berg 84%
Shelley Berkley 4%
Howard Berman 0%
Judy Biggert 44%
Brian Bilbray 63%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 76%
Jeff Bingaman 5%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 96%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 17%
Tim Bishop 0%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 84%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 88%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 5%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 70%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 72%
Mary Bono Mack 64%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 90%
Dan Boren 48%
Leonard Boswell 12%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 83%
Barbara Boxer 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 92%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
Bruce Braley 4%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 88%
Paul Broun 96%
Corrine Brown 8%
Scott Brown 50%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 72%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 84%
Ann Marie Buerkle 100%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 83%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 94%
Dan Burton 92%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
Dave Camp 72%
John Campbell III 91%
Quico Canseco 80%
Eric Cantor 87%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 10%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 60%
Lois Capps 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 8%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
Dennis Cardoza 23%
Russ Carnahan 0%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 5%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 84%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 76%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
Jason Chaffetz 100%
Saxby Chambliss 80%
Ben Chandler III 12%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 4%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 0%
Hansen Clarke 8%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 8%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
Dan Coats 90%
Howard Coble 88%
Thomas Coburn 100%
Thad Cochran 70%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 96%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 4%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 80%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 55%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 88%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 4%
Kent Conrad 5%
John Conyers, Jr. 4%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 16%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 85%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 21%
Jerry Costello 29%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 95%
Chip Cravaack 88%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 76%
Ander Crenshaw 72%
Mark Critz 16%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 12%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 87%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 4%
Geoff Davis 80%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 12%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 4%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 4%
James DeMint 100%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 84%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 52%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 54%
Norm Dicks 0%
John Dingell 4%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 0%
Bob Dold 44%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 28%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 8%
David Dreier 80%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 88%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 96%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 96%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
Donna Edwards 4%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 8%
Renee Ellmers 84%
Jo Ann Emerson 56%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 4%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 89%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
Blake Farenthold 80%
Sam Farr 4%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 5%
Bob Filner 8%
Stephen Fincher 88%
Mike Fitzpatrick 64%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 100%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 88%
John Fleming, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 92%
Randy Forbes 84%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 72%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 88%
Barney Frank 8%
Al Franken 0%
Trent Franks 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 61%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 8%
Elton Gallegly 84%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 0%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Cory Gardner Republican 84%
Scott Garrett 96%
Jim Gerlach 52%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 79%
Chris Gibson 52%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 5%
Phil Gingrey 100%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 92%
Charlie Gonzalez 4%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 96%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 84%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 96%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 75%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 84%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 90%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 21%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 76%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 84%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 8%
Michael Grimm 52%
Frank Guinta 84%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 76%

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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