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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1995 Lifetime Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 73%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 68%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 1%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 3%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 95%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 4%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 85%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 4%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 5%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 89%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 17%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 3%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 93%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 9%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 3%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 8%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 83%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 86%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 88%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 83%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 9%
MA U.S. House 4 Joe Kennedy III Democratic 5%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 5%
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 71%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 38%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 80%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 11%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 10%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 52%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 23%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 79%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 1%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 2%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 6%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 19%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 87%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 11%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 87%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 96%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 94%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 10%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 9%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 36%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 6%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 96%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 15%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 17%
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 9%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 8%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 12%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 5%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 7%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 85%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 9%
Neil Abercrombie 2%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 87%
Gary Ackerman 4%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 2%
Wayne Allard 94%
Rob Andrews 27%
Bill Archer 97%
Richard Armey 97%
John Ashcroft 91%
Spencer Bachus 96%
Henry Scott Baesler 33%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 92%
Richard Hugh Baker 92%
William Baker 99%
Cass Ballenger 89%
James Barcia 46%
Bob Barr, Jr. 92%
Bill Barrett 89%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Joe Barton 94%
Charlie Bass 72%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 80%
Max Baucus 12%
Mark Begich 91%
Anthony Beilenson 7%
Bob Bennett 90%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 8%
Douglas Bereuter 70%
Howard Berman 6%
Tom Bevill 53%
Joe Biden, Jr. 13%
Brian Bilbray 72%
Michael Bilirakis 85%
Jeff Bingaman 14%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 90%
Peter Blute 73%
Sherwood Boehlert 34%
John Boehner 96%
Kit Bond 81%
Henry Bonilla 93%
David Edward Bonior 4%
Sonny Bono 96%
Robert Borski, Jr. 13%
Rick Boucher 13%
Barbara Boxer 3%
Bill Bradley 11%
John Breaux 49%
Bill Brewster 54%
Glen Browder 56%
Corrine Brown 13%
George Brown, Jr. 6%
Hank Brown 83%
Sam Brownback 92%
Richard Bryan 24%
Ed Bryant 100%
John Bryant 11%
Dale Bumpers 15%
Jim Bunn 76%
Jim Bunning 95%
Conrad Burns 89%
Dan Burton 97%
Steve Buyer 96%
Robert Byrd 28%
Herbert Callahan 93%
Dave Camp 87%
Ben Campbell 28%
Mike Castle 66%
John Chafee 28%
Saxby Chambliss 96%
Jim Chapman 34%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 91%
Jon Lynn Christensen 92%
Dick Chrysler 100%
William Clay, Sr. 4%
Eva Clayton 3%
Robert Clement 27%
William Clinger 63%
Dan Coats 90%
Howard Coble 88%
Thomas Coburn 100%
Thad Cochran 81%
William Cohen 48%
Ronald Coleman 17%
Barbara-Rose Collins 1%
Cardiss Collins 3%
Michael Collins 96%
Larry Combest 98%
Gary Condit 45%
Kent Conrad 21%
John Conyers, Jr. 5%
Wes Cooley 100%
Jerry Costello 31%
Paul Coverdell 96%
Christopher Cox 98%
William Coyne 3%
Larry Craig 95%
Robert Cramer 42%
Philip Crane 99%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 92%
Barbara Cubin 92%
Randall Cunningham 95%
Alfonse D'Amato 57%
Patsy Ann Danner 34%
Thomas Daschle 17%
Jo Ann Davis 60%
Nathan Deal 69%
Eligio de la Garza II 41%
Thomas DeLay 97%
Ronald Dellums 6%
Peter Deutsch 20%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 73%
Jay Dickey 95%
Norm Dicks 11%
John Dingell 8%
Julian Dixon 5%
Chris Dodd 9%
Robert Dole 82%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 68%
Calvin Dooley 10%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 19%
Robert Dornan 97%
David Dreier 94%
John Duncan, Jr. 87%
Jennifer Dunn 86%
Chet Edwards 35%
Vern Ehlers 77%
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.

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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