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Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 20%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 17%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 17%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 6%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 17%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 6%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 88%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 83%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 13%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 6%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 93%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 27%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 6%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 6%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 6%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 44%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 93%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 81%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 17%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 6%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 81%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 6%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 20%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 69%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 17%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 19%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 17%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 17%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 13%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 6%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 50%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 69%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 81%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 94%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 83%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 88%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 67%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 81%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 83%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 69%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 13%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 19%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 6%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 33%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 6%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 79%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 67%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 33%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 83%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 6%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 6%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 25%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 81%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 13%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 6%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 81%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 56%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 38%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 67%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 13%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 75%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 6%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 13%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 7%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 63%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 6%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 88%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 17%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 17%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 6%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 6%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 94%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 89%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 53%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 6%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 83%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 19%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 81%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 67%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 6%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 6%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 6%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 19%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 6%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 63%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 6%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 88%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 17%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 6%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 50%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 13%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 60%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 94%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 83%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 7%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 75%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 75%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 6%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 13%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 81%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 80%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 60%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 17%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 17%
Gary Ackerman 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 80%
Wayne Allard 17%
Thomas Allen 81%
Rob Andrews 75%
Bill Archer 7%
Richard Armey 6%
John Ashcroft 17%
Henry Scott Baesler 20%
Richard Hugh Baker 6%
Cass Ballenger 6%
James Barcia 31%
Bob Barr, Jr. 7%
Bill Barrett 6%
Roscoe Bartlett 6%
Charlie Bass 25%
Herbert Bateman 15%
Max Baucus 80%
Bob Bennett 40%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 75%
Douglas Bereuter 6%
Howard Berman 88%
Marion Berry 38%
Brian Bilbray 20%
Michael Bilirakis 6%
Jeff Bingaman 83%
Rod Blagojevich 69%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 13%
Sherwood Boehlert 69%
Kit Bond 33%
Henry Bonilla 25%
David Edward Bonior 81%
Mary Bono Mack 25%
Robert Borski, Jr. 63%
Leonard Boswell 56%
Rick Boucher 75%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 44%

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.

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