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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2012 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 85%
Ralph Hall 85%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 84%
MI U.S. House 1 Dan Benishek Republican 84%
Rick Berg 84%
Francisco Canseco 84%
MO U.S. House 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 84%
OK U.S. Senate Jr James Lankford Republican 84%
SD U.S. House At-Large Kristi Noem Republican 84%
MS U.S. House 4 Steven Palazzo Republican 84%
Allen West 84%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 84%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 83%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 83%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 83%
Ron Paul 83%
Jerry Lewis 82%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 82%
VA U.S. House 2 Scott Rigell Republican 82%
Thaddeus McCotter 82%
Mike Johanns 81%
IL U.S. House 18 Aaron Schock Republican 81%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 81%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 80%
Chip Cravaack 80%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 80%
AL U.S. House 2 Martha Roby Republican 80%
Frank Wolf 80%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 80%
PA U.S. House 10 Tom Marino Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 79%
Bob Turner 79%
Jo Ann Emerson 78%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 78%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 78%
PA U.S. House 3 Mike Kelly Republican 78%
Rodney Alexander 78%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 78%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 77%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 77%
Tom Petri 77%
Brian Bilbray 77%
Dick Lugar 77%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 76%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 76%
OH U.S. House 16 Jim Renacci Republican 76%
Bobby Schilling 76%
AR U.S. House 3 Steve Womack Republican 76%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 76%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 75%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 74%
IL U.S. House 16 Adam Kinzinger Republican 74%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 73%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 73%
Mary Bono Mack 73%
David Rivera 72%
Todd Platts 72%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 72%
WA U.S. House 3 Jaime Herrera Beutler Republican 71%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 71%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 70%
OH U.S. House 15 Steve Stivers Republican 70%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 69%
Judy Biggert 68%
Steve LaTourette 67%
Tim Johnson 67%
Charlie Bass 67%
NV U.S. House 3 Joe Heck, Jr. Republican 66%
WV U.S. House 1 David McKinley Republican 66%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 66%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 65%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 65%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 64%
Nan Hayworth 64%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 64%
Jim Gerlach 63%
Jon Runyan 60%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 60%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 58%
Michael Grimm 58%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 57%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 56%
PA U.S. House 7 Pat Meehan Republican 54%
Scott Brown 53%
NY U.S. House 22 Richard Hanna Republican 52%
Dan Boren 51%
Mike McIntyre 50%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 49%
Olympia Snowe 48%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 46%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 43%
Ben Nelson 43%
Jim Matheson 40%
IL U.S. House 10 Bob Dold Republican 40%
Thomas Holden 37%
Mike Ross 36%
John Barrow 35%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 35%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 32%
NY Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Democratic, Independence, Working Families, Women's Equality 32%
Jerry Costello 31%
Heath Shuler 31%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 28%
Mark Critz 27%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 25%
Ben Chandler III 25%
Jason Altmire 24%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 24%
Leonard Boswell 23%
Larry Kissell 23%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 22%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 21%
Nick Rahall II 21%
Dennis Cardoza 21%
Mary Landrieu 21%
Silvestre Reyes 20%
Bill Owens 20%
Mark Pryor 18%
Kent Conrad 18%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 17%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 17%
Jim Webb, Jr. 17%
Timothy Johnson 16%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 16%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 16%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 16%
Joe Lieberman 15%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 14%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 14%
Max Baucus 14%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 14%
Carolyn McCarthy 14%
Rob Andrews 14%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 13%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 13%
Joe Baca, Sr. 13%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 13%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 13%
Herb Kohl 12%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 12%
Jim Moran, Jr. 12%
Mike Michaud 12%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 11%
Dale Kildee 11%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 11%
John Dingell 11%
Shelley Berkley 11%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 11%
Jeff Bingaman 11%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 10%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 10%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 10%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 10%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 10%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 9%
Kay Hagan 9%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 9%
Norm Dicks 9%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 9%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 9%
Dennis Kucinich 8%
Mark Udall 8%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 8%
Jay Rockefeller IV 8%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 8%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 8%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 8%
Tom Harkin 8%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 8%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 8%
Henry Gonzalez 7%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 7%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 7%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 7%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 7%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 7%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 7%
Steve Rothman 7%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 7%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 7%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 7%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 7%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 7%
Daniel Inouye 6%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 6%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 6%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 6%
Carl Levin 6%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 6%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 6%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 6%

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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