Conservative Senator – #1 Mike Lee


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Heritage Ranking: 100%
American Conservative Union Ranking: 100%
Conservative Review Ranking: 100%

Mike Lee is the only Member of the United States Senate to receive a perfect score from Heritage Action, the American Conservative Union and Conservative Ranking Review.

Lee was born in Provo, Utah on June 4, 1971 and he is the son of Rex E. Lee, the founding dean of Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. Lee’s childhood was divided between Utah and Mclean, Virginia, where his father served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney General from 1975 until 1976.

After graduating from Timpview High School, Provo, Utah, in 1989, Lee attended Brigham Young University as an undergraduate student, served as the president of BYUSA, and received a BS in political science in 1994.

Lee went on to serve as law clerk to Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and then with future Supreme Court Justice Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. After finishing his clerkships, Lee joined the Washington, D.C. law firm of Sidley Austin, where he specialized in appellate and Supreme Court litigation.

Lee returned to Utah to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Salt Lake City, preparing briefs and arguing cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He served as general counsel to Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. from January 2005 until June 2006, when he returned to Washington to serve a one-year clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court with Justice Alito. Lee returned to private practice in Utah in 2007, joining the Salt Lake office of the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Howrey LLP, and focused on courtroom advocacy and constitutional law.

His political career began when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010. Lee won the general election on November 2, 2010 with 62% of the vote versus Democrat Sam Granato’s 33% and Constitution Party candidate Scott Bradley’s 6%. He is currently running for re-election in 2016.

During his tenure as U.S. Senator, Lee has sponsored 45 bills, some of which include a bill to cut federal spending, cap future spending increases, and to seek ratification of a balanced budget amendment for the federal government, a bill to reduce the tax rate on foreign earnings from 35% to 5%, and a bill to prohibit either chamber of Congress from modifying the debt ceiling unless a budget is in effect.

In his private life, Lee is married and is the father of three children and he lives in Alpine, Utah.

A factoid that many people do not know is that Lee is a second cousin to former U.S. Senator Mark Udall of Colorado and current U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, as well as former Senator Gordon H. Smith of Oregon.

Committee Assignments:

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Subcommittee on Energy
Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests
Subcommittee on Water and Power

Committee on Armed Services

Subcommittee on Personnel
Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

Committee on the Judiciary

Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights

Joint Economic Committee

These rankings were compiled and primarily based upon rankings from the Heritage Action (the 501c4 arm of the Heritage Foundation) Scorecard and secondarily using rankings from the American Conservative Union and Conservative Review scorecards. Please note: These rankings are subject to change over time as a politician’s voting record changes. We encourage you to visit the sites listed above for more detailed and current information.



 

Conservative Senator – #2 Ted Cruz


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Heritage Ranking: 100%
American Conservative Union Ranking: 100%
Conservative Review Ranking: 96%

If not for a handful of votes extending some federal subsidies, Ted Cruz would have achieved a perfect score from Conservative Review Ranking but his conservative credentials are undeniable. In his short time in the United States Senate, he has distinguished himself as one of a handful of conservative champions who is willing to fight the tough battles even when it invites the wrath of his colleges.

Cruz, named Rafael Edward Cruz, was born on December 22, 1970 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and raised in Texas.

In 1988, Cruz graduated as the valedictorian from Second Baptist High School. He then attended Princeton University where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy. While at Princeton, Cruz participated in debate and won two top speaker awards in 1992, the same year that he graduated. After obtaining his degree from Princeton, he went into Harvard Law School where he graduated in 1995 with a Juris Doctor degree.

Cruz started his legal career in 1995, working as a law clerk under J. Michael Luttig. In 1997, he moved to work at the legal firm Cooper, Carvin and Rosenthal. In 1999, he became the domestic policy adviser for George W. Bush. Once Bush became president, Cruz worked in the U.S. Justice Department and as the policy planning director in the Federal Trade Commission.

From 2003 to 2008, Cruz served as the Solicitor General of Texas. During his tenure, he argued before the Supreme Court nine times, winning five of those cases. Aside from those nine arguments, he also authored thirty four other oral arguments.

After leaving the Solicitor General position in 2008, he worked at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP. In 2013 he was elected to the United States Senate for the State of Texas. As a senator, he has sponsored 25 bills, including SB 2195, which was signed into law in 2014. The law allows the president to deny the visas of U.N. ambassadors that were engaged in espionage or terrorist activities against the U.S. or any allies.

While working for the Bush administration, Cruz met his wife, Heidi. They married in 2001 and have two daughters, Caroline and Catherine, and are still together. On March 23, 2015, Cruz announced on Twitter that he would be running for the presidency for 2016.

Committee Assignments:

Committee on Armed Services

Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
Subcommittee on Seapower

Committee on the Judiciary

Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Activities (Chairman)
Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security

Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
Subcommittee on Science and Space (Chairman)

Committee on Rules and Administration

Special Committee on Aging

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These rankings were compiled and primarily based upon rankings from the Heritage Action (the 501c4 arm of the Heritage Foundation) Scorecard and secondarily using rankings from the American Conservative Union and Conservative Review scorecards. Please note: These rankings are subject to change over time as a politician’s voting record changes. We encourage you to visit the sites listed above for more detailed and current information.



 

Conservative Senator – #3 Marco Rubio


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Heritage Ranking: 92%
American Conservative Union Ranking: 96%
Conservative Review Ranking: 80%

Don’t be too shocked by Rubio’s inclusion. His voting record is very conservative but his few transgressions were very significant. He will have to atone for leading the Gang of Eight on Amnesty and his perceived waffling on gay marriage(http://conservativeamerica-online.com/marco-rubio/), but he votes firmly in the conservative camp on most issues.

Marco Rubio was born in Miami, Florida, on May 28, 1971. He married former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Jeanette Dousedebes in 1998. The couple currently has four children together named Anthony, Dominic, Amanda and Daniella.

Marco Rubio worked as a lawyer after getting his law degree from Miami University. During his time in school, he worked as an intern for Ileana Ros-Lehitenen of the House of Representatives. Rubio also worked on the presidential campaign of Bob Dole.

Marco Rubio officially began his political career in 1999 when he ran for a vacated seat in the Florida House of Representatives. After earning the Republican nomination, he won the general election with 72 percent of the vote against Anastasia Garcia in 2000. Rubio won a second term in the Florida House of Representatives when he ran unopposed in 2002.

He ran for his third term against Laura Leyva in 2004. Rubio ultimately won the election with 66 percent of the vote. Rubio earned a fourth full term in the Florida House of Representatives two years later when he ran unopposed. He was named Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives in 2005, and he kept this job until he left in January 2009.

Marco Rubio was forced to leave the Florida House of Representatives in 2009 after reaching the maximum term limits allowed for the position. He quickly began his campaign for a spot in the United States Senate.

Rubio defeated Independent Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek in the general election in November 2010 after receiving 49 percent of the vote. He is currently still in the middle of his first term as a member of the United States Senate. Rubio recently announced his plans to run for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

Committee Assignments:

Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
Subcommittee on Science and Space
Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security

Committee on Foreign Relations

Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women’s Issues
Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs
Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere and Global Narcotics Affairs

Select Committee on Intelligence

Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

These rankings were compiled and primarily based upon rankings from the Heritage Action (the 501c4 arm of the Heritage Foundation) Scorecard and secondarily using rankings from the American Conservative Union and Conservative Review scorecards. Please note: These rankings are subject to change over time as a politician’s voting record changes. We encourage you to visit the sites listed above for more detailed and current information.



 

Conservative Senator – #4 Ben Sasse


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Heritage Ranking: 93%
American Conservative Union Ranking: N/A 
Conservative Review Ranking: 80%

Benjamin “Ben” Eric Sasse was born on February 22, 1972, in Plainview, Nebraska. Currently, Sasse is serving his first term as the junior United States Senator of Nebraska and is a rising star in the Republican party.

The son of Linda Sassey (Dunklau) and Gary Sasse, Ben graduated from Fremont Senior High School in Fremont, Nebraksa, in 1990. After high school, Sasse attended Harvard University in Massachusetts, while also studying abroad at Oxford University in England during the fall of 1992.

After earning his B.A. from Harvard in 1994, he attended St. John’s College in Maryland, completing his M.A. in 1998 in Liberal Studies. After St. John’s, Sasse attended Yale University in Connecticut, earning his M.A. and his M.Phil. en route to earning a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2004.

From September 1994 to November 1995, Masse worked as an Associate Consultant for the Chicago-based Boston Consulting Group. From October 1995 to November 1996, he served as Executive Director for Christians United for Reformation, and, subsequently, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals after a merger between the two organizations.

From August 1996 to August of 1998, Masse worked as a Tutor/Proctor for the U.S. House of Representatives Page Program. Starting in August 2001 until October 2002, he served as a Consultant and Acting Vice President for Westminster Seminary in Escondido, CA.

Sasse served in numerous roles in the U.S. Government from January 2004 until January 2009, while also serving as a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. These roles included Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Justice of Legal Policy from January 2004 to January 2005, consulting work for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from July 2005 to September 2005, a role as Counselor to the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) from December 2006 – December 2007, and as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation for the U.S. DHHS under from December 2007 to January 2009.

Sasse served as President of Midland University from December 2010 until his appointment as a U.S. Senator in December 2014. During his tenure, enrollment doubled and the university went from running budget deficits to running surpluses.

Sasse was elected U.S. Senator out of Nebraska, defeating Democrat David Domina with 64.4% of the popular vote, and currently serves as the junior Senator out of his state. Sasse is not married and has no children.

Committee Assignments:

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security (Chair)
Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Subcommittee on Economic Policy
Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance
Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management
Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management

Joint Economic Committee

Special Committee on Aging

These rankings were compiled and primarily based upon rankings from the Heritage Action (the 501c4 arm of the Heritage Foundation) Scorecard and secondarily using rankings from the American Conservative Union and Conservative Review scorecards. Please note: These rankings are subject to change over time as a politician’s voting record changes. We encourage you to visit the sites listed above for more detailed and current information.


 

Conservative Senator – #5 Jeff Sessions


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Heritage Ranking: 88%
American Conservative Union Ranking: 96%
Conservative Review Ranking: 80%

Jefferson “Jeff” Beauregard Sessions III, has been a United States Senator from Alabama since 1996. Sessions was born on Christmas Eve 1946 in Selma, Alabama. He lived in Hybart, Alabama, where his parents owned and operated a local country store, and he went to school in nearby Camden. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and in 1964 he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

Sessions worked his way through school and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montgomery’s Huntingdon College in 1969. While at Huntingdon, he was the president of the Young Republicans. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Alabama in 1973.

Sessions joined the United States Army Reserves after graduating from law school and served for 13 years. He held the rank of Captain when he left the service in 1986. Today, he is one of 16 Senators who are presently or have previously served in the military.

Sessions initially practiced law in Russellville, and then in Mobile, Alabama. From 1975 to 1977, he held the position of Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. In 1981, President, Ronald Reagan, nominated Sessions to become the United States Attorney for Alabama’s Southern District. The Senate confirmed Sessions and he held this position for 12 years.

In 1986, Reagan nominated Sessions to be a federal judgeship on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. As a result of phony and vague allegations of racism against Sessions, Democrats and Repuplicans In Name Only (RINOs) on the Senate Judiciary Committee killed his nomination, making Sessions only the second nominee to the federal judiciary in 48 years whose nomination was killed in committee.

Some of these Senators would live to regret their vote years later when Sessions won election to the United States Senate, something that may not had happened if Sessions had been confirmed to sit on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.

Before running for the United States Senate, Sessions was elected, and served, as Alabama’s Attorney General from 1995 to 1997. He left this post before his term expired when he was elected to the United States Senate in 1996. He was re-elected to the Senate in 2002, 2008, and 2014.

Sessions serves as a ranking member on a number of Senate committees. Sessions is an avid conservative and has lead the fight on Amnesty for illegal aliens in the Senate. In 2013, Sessions spoke for more than 33 hours and that earned him the distinction of being the biggest talker in the Senate for that calendar year.

Sessions married Mary Blackshear in 1969. During the 1970s, the family moved to Mobile, Alabama, where they still reside. The Sessions have three children and nine grandchildren.

Committee Assignments:

Committee on Armed Services

Subcommittee on Airland
Subcommittee on Seapower
Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

Committee on the Budget

Committee on Environment and Public Works

Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy
Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife

Committee on the Judiciary

Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts
Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs
Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Refugees
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Homeland Security

International Narcotics Control Caucus

These rankings were compiled and primarily based upon rankings from the Heritage Action (the 501c4 arm of the Heritage Foundation) Scorecard and secondarily using rankings from the American Conservative Union and Conservative Review Review scorecards. Please note: These rankings are subject to change over time as a politician’s voting record changes. We encourage you to visit the sites listed above for more detailed and current information.