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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2003-2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 0%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 5%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 11%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 5%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 22%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 95%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 75%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 83%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 56%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 67%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 11%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 17%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 56%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 65%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 11%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 11%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 11%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 20%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 5%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 70%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 75%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 22%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 10%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 11%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 5%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 70%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 55%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 79%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 60%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 82%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 56%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 78%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 5%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 75%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 90%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 30%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 6%
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 63%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 0%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 75%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 5%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 61%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 5%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 15%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 70%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 63%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 5%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 90%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 0%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 10%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 65%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 87%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 84%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 61%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 5%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 70%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 22%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 12%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 78%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 89%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 65%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 0%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 78%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 53%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 11%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 65%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 22%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 5%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 55%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling 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 6%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 62%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 78%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 78%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 80%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 69%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 80%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 6%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 70%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 0%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 22%
Neil Abercrombie 95%
Gary Ackerman 80%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 75%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 25%
Wayne Allard 22%
George Allen 0%
Thomas Allen 89%
Rob Andrews 70%
Joe Baca, Sr. 70%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 22%
Brian Baird 75%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 15%
Charlie Bass 20%
Max Baucus 78%
Evan Bayh 56%
Bob Beauprez 5%
Bob Bennett 11%
Shelley Berkley 65%
Howard Berman 90%
Marion Berry 37%
Joe Biden, Jr. 86%
Judy Biggert 30%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 67%
Tim Bishop 75%

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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