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Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 8%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 20%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 20%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 13%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 7%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 14%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 27%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 93%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 60%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 87%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 87%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 40%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 60%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 12%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 7%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 7%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 14%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 7%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 7%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 20%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 7%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 57%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 93%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 7%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 93%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 60%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 20%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 40%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 13%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 20%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 60%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 47%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 13%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 79%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 7%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 20%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 27%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 20%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 20%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 13%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 7%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 7%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 75%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 7%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 60%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 87%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 87%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 87%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 60%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 60%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 13%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 13%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 13%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 87%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 79%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 93%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 14%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 93%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 7%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 93%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 60%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 60%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 60%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 7%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 87%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 7%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 27%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 7%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 13%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 13%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 73%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 60%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 20%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 87%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 93%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 40%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 14%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 87%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 87%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 7%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 7%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 7%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 67%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 13%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 40%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 20%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 7%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 60%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 13%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 93%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 13%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 87%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 87%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 15%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 53%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 7%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 87%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 60%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 53%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 60%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 17%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 71%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 40%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 73%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 73%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 87%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 20%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 73%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 8%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 7%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 73%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 60%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 60%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 60%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 87%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 7%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 93%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 64%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 87%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 13%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 73%

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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