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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 33%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 67%
Wayne Allard 33%
Thomas Allen 83%
Rob Andrews 67%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 33%
Henry Scott Baesler 33%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 17%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Charlie Bass 17%
Herbert Bateman 0%
Max Baucus 67%
Bob Bennett 33%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 67%
Douglas Bereuter 0%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 50%
Brian Bilbray 17%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 67%
Rod Blagojevich 67%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 67%
Kit Bond 33%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 83%
Robert Borski, Jr. 50%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 67%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 33%
John Breaux 0%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
Richard Bryan 67%
Ed Bryant 0%
Dale Bumpers 67%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 33%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 20%
Robert Byrd 33%
Herbert Callahan 0%
Ben Campbell 33%
Thomas Campbell 67%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 0%
Chris Cannon 17%
Julia Carson 75%
Mike Castle 33%
John Chafee 67%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
Jon Lynn Christensen 0%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 67%
Robert Clement 20%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 33%
Kent Conrad 33%
Merrill Cook 0%
John Cooksey 0%
Jerry Costello 20%
Paul Coverdell 33%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 33%
Robert Cramer 33%
Philip Crane 0%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Alfonse D'Amato 33%
Patsy Ann Danner 33%
Thomas Daschle 33%
James Davis 33%
Thomas Davis III 17%
Bill Delahunt 83%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Peter Deutsch 67%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 0%
Jay Dickey 0%
Norm Dicks 83%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 67%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 33%
Calvin Dooley 60%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 33%
David Dreier 0%
Jennifer Dunn 0%
Chet Edwards 60%
Vern Ehlers 33%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 17%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
Philip English 0%
John Ensign 0%
Bob Etheridge 33%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 0%
Thomas Ewing 0%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 33%
Harris Fawell 17%
Victor Fazio 100%
Russ Feingold 67%
Bob Filner 80%
Mark Foley 17%
Michael Patrick Forbes 0%
Harold Ford, Jr. 67%
Wendell Ford 33%
Tillie Fowler 17%
Jon David Fox 0%
Barney Frank 100%
Robert Franks 33%
William Frist 33%
Jonas Frost III 67%
Elizabeth Furse 100%
Elton Gallegly 0%
John Ganske 17%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
George Gekas 17%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 67%
Jim Gibbons 17%
Wayne Gilchrest 33%
Paul Gillmor 0%
Benjamin Gilman 50%
Newt Gingrich 0%
John Glenn 67%
Henry Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 17%
William Goodling 0%
Bart Gordon 33%
Slade Gorton 33%
Porter Goss 0%
Daniel Graham 67%
William Phillip Gramm 33%
Rodney Grams 33%
James Greenwood 50%
Judd Gregg 33%
Gilbert Gutknecht 0%
Tony Hall 20%
Lee Hamilton 33%
James Hansen 0%
Jane Harman 67%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 0%
W.G. Hefner 25%
Jesse Helms 33%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Rick Hill 0%
Van Hilleary 0%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 75%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
David Lee Hobson 17%
Pete Hoekstra 17%
Thomas Holden 17%
Ernest Hollings 33%
Darlene Hooley 67%
Stephen Horn 50%
John Nathan Hostettler 17%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 17%
Kenny Hulshof 0%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Asa Hutchinson 17%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 0%
Kay Hutchison 33%
Henry Hyde 0%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 0%
Daniel Inouye 67%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 67%
James Merrill Jeffords 33%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
Christopher John 33%
Jay Johnson 33%
Nancy Johnson 33%
Paul Kanjorski 50%
Sue Kelly 17%
Dirk Kempthorne 33%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 67%
Joseph Kennedy II 83%
Patrick Kennedy 83%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 83%
Bob Kerrey 67%
Dale Kildee 17%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Jay Kim 0%
Gerald Kleczka 67%
Ronald Klink 67%
Scott Klug 17%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
Herb Kohl 67%
James Kolbe 50%
Dennis Kucinich 50%

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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