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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1995 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 91%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 91%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 88%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 9%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 4%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 76%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 13%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 9%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 91%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 4%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 8%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 80%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 80%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 91%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 80%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 16%
MA U.S. House 4 Joe Kennedy III Democratic 8%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 12%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 8%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 20%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 72%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 60%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 80%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 8%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 17%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 24%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 64%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 32%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 80%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 16%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 70%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 88%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 12%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 36%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 12%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 96%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 16%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 21%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 8%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 4%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 8%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 80%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 12%
Neil Abercrombie 8%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 87%
Gary Ackerman 13%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Wayne Allard 88%
Rob Andrews 36%
Bill Archer 80%
Richard Armey 92%
John Ashcroft 91%
Spencer Bachus 92%
Henry Scott Baesler 28%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 87%
Richard Hugh Baker 80%
William Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 88%
James Barcia 52%
Bob Barr, Jr. 92%
Bill Barrett 84%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Joe Barton 80%
Charlie Bass 72%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 62%
Max Baucus 13%
Mark Begich 91%
Anthony Beilenson 4%
Bob Bennett 81%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 8%
Douglas Bereuter 58%
Howard Berman 5%
Tom Bevill 52%
Joe Biden, Jr. 17%
Brian Bilbray 72%
Michael Bilirakis 84%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 80%
Peter Blute 76%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
John Boehner 88%
Kit Bond 70%
Henry Bonilla 88%
David Edward Bonior 12%
Sonny Bono 96%
Robert Borski, Jr. 16%
Rick Boucher 4%
Barbara Boxer 0%
Bill Bradley 5%
John Breaux 22%
Bill Brewster 56%
Glen Browder 46%
Corrine Brown 12%
George Brown, Jr. 8%
Hank Brown 96%
Sam Brownback 92%
Richard Bryan 9%
Ed Bryant 100%
John Bryant 8%
Dale Bumpers 4%
Jim Bunn 76%
Jim Bunning 92%
Conrad Burns 83%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 88%
Robert Byrd 26%
Herbert Callahan 88%
Dave Camp 84%
Ben Campbell 59%
Mike Castle 56%
John Chafee 35%
Saxby Chambliss 96%
Jim Chapman 32%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 91%
Jon Lynn Christensen 92%
Dick Chrysler 100%
William Clay, Sr. 4%
Eva Clayton 8%
Robert Clement 32%
William Clinger 64%
Dan Coats 96%
Howard Coble 88%
Thomas Coburn 100%
Thad Cochran 83%
William Cohen 30%
Ronald Coleman 4%
Barbara-Rose Collins 4%
Cardiss Collins 4%
Michael Collins 92%
Larry Combest 96%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 9%
John Conyers, Jr. 8%
Wes Cooley 100%
Jerry Costello 32%
Paul Coverdell 96%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 4%
Larry Craig 96%
Robert Cramer 52%
Philip Crane 100%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 92%
Barbara Cubin 92%
Randall Cunningham 92%
Alfonse D'Amato 78%
Patsy Ann Danner 48%
Thomas Daschle 4%
Jo Ann Davis 60%
Nathan Deal 80%
Eligio de la Garza II 33%
Thomas DeLay 83%
Ronald Dellums 8%
Peter Deutsch 28%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 72%
Jay Dickey 88%
Norm Dicks 0%
John Dingell 8%
Julian Dixon 4%
Chris Dodd 4%
Robert Dole 91%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 78%
Calvin Dooley 17%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 13%
Robert Dornan 96%
David Dreier 80%
John Duncan, Jr. 96%
Jennifer Dunn 80%
Chet Edwards 25%
Vern Ehlers 68%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 64%

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.

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