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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%
Dan Benishek 84%
Rick Berg 84%
Quico Canseco 84%
MO U.S. House 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 84%
OK U.S. Senate Jr James Lankford Republican 84%
SD Governor Kristi Noem Republican 84%
MS U.S. House 4 Steven Palazzo Republican 84%
Allen West 84%
Walter Jones, Jr. 84%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 83%
PA U.S. House 15 GT Thompson, Jr. Republican 83%
John McCain III 83%
Ron Paul 83%
Jerry Lewis 82%
Blake Farenthold 82%
Scott Rigell 82%
Thaddeus McCotter 82%
Mike Johanns 81%
Aaron Schock 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%
Tom Marino 80%
Thad Cochran 79%
Bob Turner 79%
Jo Ann Emerson 78%
Candice Miller 78%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 78%
PA U.S. House 16 Mike Kelly, Jr. 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%
Jim Renacci 76%
Bobby Schilling 76%
AR U.S. House 3 Steve Womack Republican 76%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 76%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 75%
Lou Barletta 74%
IL U.S. House 16 Adam Kinzinger Republican 74%
Tim Murphy 73%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 73%
Mary Bono Mack 73%
David Rivera 72%
Todd Platts 72%
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 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%
Leonard Lance 69%
Judy Biggert 68%
Steve LaTourette 67%
Tim Johnson 67%
Charlie Bass 67%
Joe Heck, Jr. 66%
WV U.S. House 1 David McKinley Republican 66%
Rodney Frelinghuysen 66%
Charlie Dent 65%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 65%
Frank LoBiondo 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%
Mark Kirk 58%
Michael Grimm 58%
Dave Reichert 57%
Mike Fitzpatrick 56%
Pat Meehan 54%
Scott Brown 53%
Richard Hanna 52%
Dan Boren 51%
Mike McIntyre 50%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 49%
Olympia Snowe 48%
Chris Gibson 46%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 43%
Ben Nelson 43%
Jim Matheson 40%
Bob Dold 40%
Tim Holden 37%
Mike Ross 36%
John Barrow 35%
Joe Donnelly, Sr. 35%
Bill Nelson, Sr. 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%
Gene Green 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%
Harry Reid 17%
Jim Webb, Jr. 17%
Timothy Johnson 16%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 16%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 16%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 16%
Claire McCaskill 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%
Steve Israel 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 Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 8%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 8%
Loretta Sanchez 8%
Tom Harkin 8%
Joe Crowley 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%
Corrine Brown 7%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 7%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 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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