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Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1996 Positions

Issues: Conservative

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 89%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 90%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 95%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 100%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 85%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 30%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 90%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 95%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 15%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers Republican 100%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 95%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 95%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 95%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields Democratic 0%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 11%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 11%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 5%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 85%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 53%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 100%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 5%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 5%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 80%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 10%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 79%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 100%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 15%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 85%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 15%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 5%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 32%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 5%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 5%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 5%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 0%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 5%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 0%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 100%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 5%
Neil Abercrombie 0%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 95%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 5%
Wayne Allard 100%
Rob Andrews 25%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 95%
Henry Scott Baesler 25%
Richard Hugh Baker 95%
William Baker 100%
Joseph Baldacci 10%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 47%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 95%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Joe Barton 89%
Charlie Bass 100%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 85%
Max Baucus 20%
Anthony Beilenson 0%
Bob Bennett 95%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 10%
Douglas Bereuter 60%
Howard Berman 0%
Tom Bevill 41%
Joe Biden, Jr. 20%
Brian Bilbray 74%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 89%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 90%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 20%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 0%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 0%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 5%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 0%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 95%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 0%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 0%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 100%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 0%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 0%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 85%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 30%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 90%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 95%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 0%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 0%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 15%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers R 100%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 95%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 95%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 95%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields D 0%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 0%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 11%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 11%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 5%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 85%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 53%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 100%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 5%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 100%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 5%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 80%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 10%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 5%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 79%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 0%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 0%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 5%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 0%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 0%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 0%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 0%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 100%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 100%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 15%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 85%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 100%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 100%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 15%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 0%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 5%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 32%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 5%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 100%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 5%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 100%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 5%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 0%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 0%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 0%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 5%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 0%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 0%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 100%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 5%
Neil Abercrombie 0%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 95%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 5%
Wayne Allard 100%
Rob Andrews 25%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 95%
Henry Scott Baesler 25%
Richard Hugh Baker 95%
William Baker 100%
Joseph Baldacci 10%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 47%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 95%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Joe Barton 89%
Charlie Bass 100%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 85%
Max Baucus 20%
Anthony Beilenson 0%
Bob Bennett 95%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 10%
Douglas Bereuter 60%
Howard Berman 0%
Tom Bevill 41%
Joe Biden, Jr. 20%
Brian Bilbray 74%
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