Only 23 Members of Congress Receive Coveted 100% Rating from ACU in 2011

The American Conservative Union (ACU) released their 2011 ratings of Congress on today.

For years, the ACU has been rating members of Congress based on the way their votes on defining issues. The ACU’s ratings are considered the “Gold Standard” of conservative rankings by many.

Here’s how each member’s ranking is determined: If a member of the House or Senate votes completely in alignment with the organization’s views on key issues, he or she receives a score of 100 percent. On the flip side, if they vote completely contrary to ACU’s beliefs, they receive a score of 0 percent.

Only nine Republican senators, including Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, scored 100 percent ratings.

The 18 lowest rankings for Senate – 0 percent – all went to Democrats, including Barbara Boxer of California, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Charles “Chuck” Schumer of New York.

Some of the lowest ratings for the Republican Senators went to Mark Kirk of Illinois, who received a score of 60 percent, and Scott Brown of Massachusetts, who received a score of 50 percent.

On the other side of the isle, some of the highest ratings for Democrat Senators went to Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who was rated at 15 percent, and Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who received a rating of 25 percent.

Fourteen Republican House members scored 100 percent, including Tom McClintock of California, Jim Jordan of Ohio and Marlin Stutzman of Indiana.

An impressive 145 GOP House members ranked at 80 percent or higher, but several Republicans did not fare so well. Three of these were Leonard Lance of New Jersey, rated at 44 percent, Chris Gibson of New York, rated at 52 percent and Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, rated at 60 percent.

In the House of Representatives, 53 Democrats received scores of 0 percent, which went to what the ACU thought were the most liberal Democrats Reps., including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, John Carney of Delaware and both of Hawaii’s representatives, Colleen Hanabusa and Mazie Hirono.

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