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Rating Group: American Conservative Union

1998 Positions

Issues: Conservative

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 84%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 92%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 96%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 92%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 92%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 4%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 96%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 8%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 5%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 88%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 44%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 83%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 8%
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 12%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 84%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 92%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 92%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 92%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 12%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 8%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 4%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 36%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 9%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 56%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 56%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 96%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 13%
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 12%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 72%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 12%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 16%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 76%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 8%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 4%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 88%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 28%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 64%
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 4%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 4%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 16%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 25%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 4%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 92%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 96%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 84%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 8%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 20%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 12%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 8%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 4%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 20%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 92%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 4%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
Neil Abercrombie 12%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 76%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 10%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 12%
Bill Archer 92%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 84%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 84%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 92%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 96%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 92%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 4%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 12%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 5%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 0%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 0%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 20%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 0%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 92%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 0%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 0%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 4%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 96%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 8%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 5%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 88%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 44%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 80%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 83%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 8%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 8%
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 12%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 84%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 92%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 92%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 92%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 4%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 12%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 4%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 8%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 4%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 36%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 9%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 56%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 56%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 100%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 96%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 13%
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 12%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 72%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 12%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 16%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 9%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 76%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 5%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 8%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 8%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 8%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 0%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 4%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 8%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 4%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 88%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 96%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 28%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 64%
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 4%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 4%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 16%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 25%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 0%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 88%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 4%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 92%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 96%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 84%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 100%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 4%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 4%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 8%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 20%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 12%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 8%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 4%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 0%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 20%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 92%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 4%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi R 92%
Neil Abercrombie 12%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 76%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 10%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 0%
Rob Andrews 12%
Bill Archer 92%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 84%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
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