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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
Rick Boucher 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
William Coyne 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
Major Owens 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
Donald Payne 100%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Thomas Allen 88%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
Howard Berman 88%
David Edward Bonior 88%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
Julia Carson 88%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
Norm Dicks 88%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 88%
Maurice Hinchey 88%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 88%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 88%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 88%
Gerald Kleczka 88%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 88%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
Robert Matsui 88%
Karen McCarthy 88%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 88%
Martin Meehan 88%
Dennis Moore 88%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 88%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 88%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 88%
Hilda Solis 88%
Ellen Tauscher 88%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 88%
Anthony Weiner 88%
David Wu 88%
Lane Evans 87%
Charlie Gonzalez 87%
Baron Hill 87%
Darlene Hooley 87%
William Jefferson 87%
Carrie Meek 87%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 87%
Vic Snyder 87%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 87%
Bill Delahunt 85%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 85%
Gary Ackerman 77%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 77%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 77%
Leonard Boswell 77%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 77%
Brad Carson 77%
Chet Edwards 77%
Bob Etheridge 77%
Harold Ford, Jr. 77%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 77%
Jane Harman 77%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 77%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 77%
Nicholas Lampson 77%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 77%
James Maloney 77%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 77%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 77%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 77%
Jim Oberstar 77%
Dave Obey 77%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 77%
Ciro Rodriguez 77%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 77%
Ted Strickland 77%
Karen Thurman 77%
Robert Wexler 77%
Albert Wynn 77%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 75%
Calvin Dooley 75%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
Russ Feingold 75%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 75%
Patrick Kennedy 75%
Tom Lantos 75%
William Luther 75%
Ben Nelson 75%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 75%
Silvestre Reyes 75%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 75%
Ed Towns 75%
Rob Andrews 66%
Joe Baca, Sr. 66%
Brian Baird 66%
Shelley Berkley 66%
Rod Blagojevich 66%
Robert Borski, Jr. 66%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 66%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 66%
Gary Condit 66%
James Davis 66%
Peter Deutsch 66%
Jonas Frost III 66%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 66%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 66%
Dennis Kucinich 66%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 66%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 66%
Michael McNulty 66%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 66%
Constance Morella 66%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 66%
Ron Paul 66%
Earl Pomeroy 66%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 66%
Mike Ross 66%
Steve Rothman 66%
Christopher Shays 66%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 66%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 66%
John Spratt, Jr. 66%
James Turner 66%
James Leach 62%
James Barcia 55%
Judy Biggert 55%
Sherwood Boehlert 55%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 55%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 55%
Bart Gordon 55%
James Greenwood 55%
Stephen Horn 55%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 55%
Nancy Johnson 55%
Paul Kanjorski 55%
Dale Kildee 55%
John LaFalce 55%

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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