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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 25%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 25%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 11%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 33%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 66%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 22%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 88%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 0%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 77%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 25%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 77%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 12%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 22%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 75%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 25%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 50%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 11%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 22%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 50%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 44%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 77%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 11%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 87%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 25%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 22%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 25%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 25%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 11%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 66%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 88%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 25%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 77%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 22%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 11%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 22%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 50%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 11%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 50%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 55%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 66%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 11%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 88%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 50%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 25%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 50%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 11%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 11%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 14%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 55%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 0%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 88%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 50%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 55%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 66%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 22%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 12%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 66%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 88%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 25%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 50%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 50%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 66%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 88%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 11%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 77%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 11%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 50%
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Gary Ackerman 77%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 50%
Todd Akin 0%
Wayne Allard 25%
George Allen 25%
Thomas Allen 88%
Rob Andrews 66%
Richard Armey 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 66%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Brian Baird 66%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 55%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Charlie Bass 44%
Max Baucus 50%
Evan Bayh 50%
Bob Bennett 25%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 77%
Douglas Bereuter 22%
Shelley Berkley 66%

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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