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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 29%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 29%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 14%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 21%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 21%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 86%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 57%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 23%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 21%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 29%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 14%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 29%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 86%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 86%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 79%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 7%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 15%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 14%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 7%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 15%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 15%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 86%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 14%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 86%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 29%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 71%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 15%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 43%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 21%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 79%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 14%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 71%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 29%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 36%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 29%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 29%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 29%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 14%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 43%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 14%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 57%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 79%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 71%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 86%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 79%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 71%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 64%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 38%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 7%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 86%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 64%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 86%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 21%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 29%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 14%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 21%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 79%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 57%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 14%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 71%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 36%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 31%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 86%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 36%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 21%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 21%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 79%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 14%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 31%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 29%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 79%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 79%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 29%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 21%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 69%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 57%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 8%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 21%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 29%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 64%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 20%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 86%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 14%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 29%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 29%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 23%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 71%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 29%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 79%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 86%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 36%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 36%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 21%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 86%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 71%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 29%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 29%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 43%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 21%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 29%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 36%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 71%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 62%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 86%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 14%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 93%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 29%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 79%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 7%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 57%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 86%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 71%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 29%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 83%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 71%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 86%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 85%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 29%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 64%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 29%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 21%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 71%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 57%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 50%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 14%
Gary Ackerman 86%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 71%
Wayne Allard 14%
Thomas Allen 86%
Rob Andrews 64%
Bill Archer 21%
Richard Armey 21%
John Ashcroft 14%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
Brian Baird 71%
Richard Hugh Baker 14%
Cass Ballenger 21%
James Barcia 43%
Bob Barr, Jr. 29%
Bill Barrett 21%
Roscoe Bartlett 21%
Charlie Bass 36%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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