New Republican Leader Stefanik Has Conservative Rating of Only 44%--Ousted Cheney Had Rating of 78%

By Michael W. Chapman | May 14, 2021 | 12:36pm EDT
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), the new GOP House Conference Chair, holds an American Conservative Union rating of 44%. (Getty Images)
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), the new GOP House Conference Chair, holds an American Conservative Union rating of 44%. (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- Although Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) from the GOP's No. 3 leadership post and replace her with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), the ratings of Congress members by the American Conservative Union (ACU) show that Cheney held a 78% conservative rating in 2020 and Stefanik held a 44% rating.

In addition, the ACU ratings show several GOP women in the House hold far higher conservative ratings than both Stefanik and Cheney.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) holds an ACU rating of 85%.  (Getty Images)
Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.) holds an ACU rating of 85%. (Getty Images)

The ACU ratings, which are made by the organization's Center for Legislative Accountability, were started in 1971 and are considered the "gold standard" in showing how closely a lawmaker adheres to conservative principles. 

"Each lawmaker is evaluated on a zero to 100 scale, with a score of 100 representing a voting record that is perfectly aligned with conservative principles," states the ACU. "[A]ny lawmaker who earns a score of 10% or lower qualifies for the ACU's Coalition of the Radical Left."

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) holds an American Conservative Union rating of 93%. (Getty Images)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) holds an American Conservative Union rating of 93%. (Getty Images)

In 2020, the ACU gave Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) a rating of 44%. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) was ranked 78%.

In other words, Cheney adhered to conservative principles with her votes 78% of the time. 

Stefanik stuck to conservative principles with her votes only 44% of the time. 

For further comparison, in 2020 the ACU ranked Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) at 93%.  Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) also was rated at 93%. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) was rated at 85%.

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) holds an ACU rating of 93%.  (Getty Images)
Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) holds an ACU rating of 93%. (Getty Images)

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