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Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1997 Positions

Issues: Conservative

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 86%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 92%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 96%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 88%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 32%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 92%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 8%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 13%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 91%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 13%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 19%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 92%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 29%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 92%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 88%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 29%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 68%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 96%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 88%
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 25%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 12%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 12%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 48%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 12%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 80%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 52%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 80%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 16%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 92%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 8%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 13%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 12%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 36%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 19%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 64%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 8%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 12%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 92%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 32%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 68%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 92%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 8%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 28%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 36%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 92%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 16%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 88%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 92%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 96%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 13%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 16%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 16%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 8%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 13%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 12%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 20%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 28%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 88%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 20%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi Republican 88%
Neil Abercrombie 20%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 76%
Gary Ackerman 13%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 4%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 8%
Rob Andrews 22%
Bill Archer 80%
Richard Armey 88%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 96%
Henry Scott Baesler 36%
Richard Hugh Baker 92%
Joseph Baldacci 8%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 86%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 92%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 96%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 88%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 4%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 4%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 8%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 8%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 32%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 8%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 92%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 8%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 0%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 13%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 91%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 13%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 19%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 92%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 29%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 80%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 92%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 4%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 4%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 8%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 88%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 29%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 68%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 96%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 88%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 80%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 8%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 25%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 4%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 12%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 12%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 48%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 12%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 80%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 52%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 80%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 80%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 16%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 92%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 8%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 13%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 64%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 12%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 36%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 19%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 64%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 4%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 4%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 8%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 8%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 8%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 8%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 12%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 92%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 96%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 32%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 68%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 100%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 92%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 8%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 4%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 28%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 36%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 0%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 92%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 16%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 88%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 100%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 92%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 96%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 13%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 16%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 16%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 8%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 13%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 12%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 0%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 20%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 28%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 88%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 20%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi R 88%
Neil Abercrombie 20%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 76%
Gary Ackerman 13%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 4%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 8%
Rob Andrews 22%
Bill Archer 80%
Richard Armey 88%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 96%
Henry Scott Baesler 36%
Richard Hugh Baker 92%
Joseph Baldacci 8%
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