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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 57%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 29%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 14%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 57%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 71%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 15%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 29%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 43%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 29%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 36%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 29%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 14%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 71%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 64%
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%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 36%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez 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%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 8%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 29%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 71%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 36%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 71%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 29%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 21%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 14%
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%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 85%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 29%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 21%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 21%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 71%
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 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 79%
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. 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%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 86%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 21%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez 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%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 29%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 14%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 57%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 79%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 86%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 7%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 86%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 86%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 21%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 79%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 31%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 86%
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%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 21%
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, Working Families 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. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 21%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 29%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 64%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 23%
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. 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%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 29%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 23%
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%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 93%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 29%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 83%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 71%
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%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 21%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 14%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 29%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 20%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 86%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 86%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 14%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 14%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 71%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 71%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 23%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 79%
Neil Abercrombie 86%
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%
Spencer Bachus 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%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 21%
Max Baucus 57%
Evan Bayh 33%
Bob Bennett 29%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 79%
Douglas Bereuter 21%
Shelley Berkley 71%
Howard Berman 85%
Marion Berry 21%
Judy Biggert 50%
Brian Bilbray 21%
Michael Bilirakis 21%
Jeff Bingaman 71%
Rod Blagojevich 71%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 14%
Sherwood Boehlert 64%
Kit Bond 14%
Henry Bonilla 43%
David Edward Bonior 64%
Mary Bono Mack 36%
Robert Borski, Jr. 62%
Leonard Boswell 36%
Rick Boucher 71%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 36%
John Breaux 29%
Richard Bryan 71%
Ed Bryant 7%
Jim Bunning 29%
Conrad Burns 29%
Dan Burton 23%

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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