Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2005-2006 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 100%
Julia Carson 100%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 100%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 100%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 100%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 100%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 100%
Lane Evans 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 100%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 100%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutiérrez D 100%
Tom Harkin 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Rush Holt, Jr. 100%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 100%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 100%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 100%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 100%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 100%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 100%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 100%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 100%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
George Miller 100%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 100%
Jim Moran, Jr. 100%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 100%
John Olver 100%
Major Owens 100%
Ed Pastor 100%
Donald Payne 100%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 100%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 100%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 100%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 100%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 100%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 100%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 100%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano Other 100%
CA Supervisor-1 Hilda Solis 100%
Pete Stark 100%
John Tierney 100%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 100%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 100%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Henry Waxman 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Thomas Allen 95%
Brian Baird 95%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 95%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 95%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 95%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 95%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 95%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 95%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 95%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 95%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 95%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 95%
Bill Delahunt 95%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 95%
Norm Dicks 95%
John Dingell 95%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 95%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 95%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 95%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 95%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 95%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 95%
Patrick Kennedy 95%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 95%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 95%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 95%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 95%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 95%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 95%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 95%
Martin Meehan 95%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 95%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 95%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 95%
Ellen Tauscher 95%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 95%
Ed Towns 95%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 95%
Diane Watson 95%
Robert Wexler 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 92%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 92%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 92%
James Merrill Jeffords 92%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 92%
Carl Levin 92%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 92%
Paul Sarbanes 92%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 92%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 91%
Charlie Gonzalez 91%
Darlene Hooley 91%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 91%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 91%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 91%
Tom Lantos 91%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 91%
Dave Obey 91%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 91%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 91%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 91%
Vic Snyder 91%
Mark Udall 91%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 91%
Albert Wynn 91%
Shelley Berkley 90%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 90%
William Jefferson 90%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 90%
Jim Oberstar 90%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 89%
Tim Bishop 86%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 86%
Russ Carnahan 86%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 86%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 86%
Dale Kildee 86%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 86%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 86%
Steve Rothman 86%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 86%
David Wu 86%
Jane Harman 85%
Max Baucus 83%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 83%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 83%
Hillary Clinton 83%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 83%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 83%
Frank Lautenberg 83%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 83%
NA President Barack Obama II D 83%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 83%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 83%
Rob Andrews 82%
Rick Boucher 82%
Daniel Inouye 82%
Mike Michaud 82%
Brad Miller 82%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 82%
Allyson Schwartz 82%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 82%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 81%
Carolyn McCarthy 81%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 81%
Bart Stupak 81%
Chris Dodd 80%
James Davis 79%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 79%
Michael McNulty 79%
Joe Baca, Sr. 77%
Edward Case 77%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 77%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 77%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 77%
Dennis Moore 77%
Jack Murtha 77%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 76%
Robert Byrd 75%
Lincoln Chafee 75%
Herb Kohl 75%
Joe Lieberman 75%
Blanche Lincoln 75%
Dennis Cardoza 73%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 73%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 73%
Alan Mollohan 73%
Ted Strickland 72%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 71%
Paul Kanjorski 71%
Silvestre Reyes 71%
Jay Rockefeller IV 70%
Artur Davis 68%
Nick Rahall II 68%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 68%
Evan Bayh 67%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 67%
Kent Conrad 67%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 67%
Byron Dorgan 67%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 67%
Earl Pomeroy 67%
Mark Pryor 67%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 67%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 67%
John Tanner 67%
Melissa Bean 64%
Jerry Costello 64%
Bob Etheridge 64%
James Leach 64%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 62%
Wayne Gilchrest 60%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 60%
Jim Matheson 59%
John Salazar 59%
Christopher Shays 59%
Mary Landrieu 58%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 58%
Ken Salazar 58%
Arlen Specter 58%
Harold Ford, Jr. 57%
Leonard Boswell 55%
Chet Edwards 55%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 55%
Ron Paul 55%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 55%
John Spratt, Jr. 55%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 52%
Thomas Holden 52%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 52%
Marion Berry 50%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Bart Gordon 50%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 50%
Mike Ross 50%
Ike Skelton 50%
Olympia Snowe 50%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 48%
Mike Castle 47%
Sherwood Boehlert 45%
Robert Cramer 45%
Vern Ehlers 45%
John Schwarz 45%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 42%
Timothy Johnson 42%
John Sununu 42%
Judy Biggert 41%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 41%
Nancy Johnson 41%
Mike McIntyre 41%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 37%
John Barrow 36%
Roscoe Bartlett 36%
PA U.S. House-8 Mike Fitzpatrick R 36%
Charles Hagel 36%
Tim Johnson 36%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 36%
Steve LaTourette 36%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 36%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 36%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 33%
Judd Gregg 33%
James Kolbe 33%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 33%
Gordon Smith 33%
Lincoln Davis 32%
Jim Marshall 32%
John Sweeney 32%
Mary Bono Mack 29%
Mark Foley 29%
Jim Gerlach 29%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 29%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 28%
Charlie Bass 27%
Dan Boren 27%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 27%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 27%
Sue Kelly 27%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 27%
Tom Petri 27%
James Ramstad 27%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 27%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 27%
Bob Bennett 25%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 25%
Larry Craig 25%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 25%
William Frist 25%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 25%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 25%
Dick Lugar 25%
Melquiades Martinez 25%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 25%
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 25%
John Warner 25%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 24%
Donald Sherwood 24%
William Thomas 24%
Heather Wilson 24%
NH State Senate-3 Jeb Bradley R 23%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 23%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 23%
Connie Mack IV 23%
Don Manzullo 23%
Jon Porter, Sr. 23%
Deborah Pryce 23%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 23%
Jim Saxton 23%
Robert William Ney 22%
Bob Beauprez 20%
James Walsh 20%
Thomas Davis III 19%
Jo Ann Emerson 19%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 19%
Mark Green 19%
Ray LaHood 19%
Todd Platts 19%
W. Curtis Weldon 19%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 18%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 18%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr John Boozman R 18%
WV U.S. Senate-Jr Shelley Capito R 18%
Chris Chocola 18%
Barbara Cubin 18%
David Dreier 18%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 18%
Philip English 18%
Michael Ferguson 18%
David Lee Hobson 18%
John Nathan Hostettler 18%
Mark Kennedy 18%
Joseph Knollenberg 18%
Thaddeus McCotter 18%
John McHugh 18%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 18%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 18%
Thomas William Osborne 18%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 18%
Denny Rehberg 18%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 18%
John Shadegg 18%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 18%
George Allen 17%
Kit Bond 17%
Jim Bunning 17%
Conrad Burns 17%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 17%
Saxby Chambliss 17%
Norm Coleman 17%
James DeMint 17%
Elizabeth Dole 17%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 17%
John Ensign 17%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 17%
Kay Hutchison 17%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 17%
Jon Kyl 17%
Trent Lott, Sr. 17%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 17%
Ben Nelson 17%
Rick Santorum 17%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 17%
Ted Stevens 17%
James Talent 17%
Craig Thomas 17%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 17%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr David Vitter R 17%
George Voinovich 17%
Dave Camp 15%
Chris Cannon 15%
Katherine Harris 15%
Thomas Reynolds 15%
Spencer Bachus 14%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 14%
LA U.S. House-3 Charles Boustany, Jr. R 14%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 14%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 14%
Geoff Davis 14%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 14%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 14%
Jim Gibbons 14%
Paul Gillmor 14%
Gilbert Gutknecht 14%
Kenny Hulshof 14%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 14%
John Kuhl, Jr. 14%
Tom Latham 14%
Jerry Lewis 14%
Dan Lungren 14%
James McCrery III 14%
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 14%
James Nussle 14%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 14%
John Peterson 14%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 14%
Richard Pombo 14%
Ralph Regula 14%
Richard Renzi 14%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 14%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 14%
Mike Sodrel 14%
Mark Souder 14%
Charles Taylor 14%
Gene Taylor 14%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 14%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 14%
Zach Wamp 14%
Gerald Weller 14%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 14%
Frank Wolf 14%
Jean Schmidt 13%
Pete Hoekstra 11%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 11%
Ginny Brown-Waite 10%
Steve Buyer 10%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 10%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 10%
Tom Feeney 10%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 10%
Doc Hastings 10%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 10%
Ric Keller 10%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 10%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 10%
Marilyn Musgrave 10%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 10%
Michael Oxley 10%
George Radanovich 10%
Bill Young 10%
Rodney Alexander 9%
Michael Bilirakis 9%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 9%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 9%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 9%
Thelma Drake 9%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 9%
Elton Gallegly 9%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 9%
Melissa Hart 9%
Robert Hayes 9%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 9%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 9%
William Lewis Jenkins 9%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 9%
Jack Kingston 9%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 9%
Ron Lewis 9%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 9%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 9%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 9%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 9%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 9%
Mike Rogers 9%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 9%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 9%
Tom Tancredo 9%
Lee Terry 9%
Wayne Allard 8%
John Campbell III 8%
Thomas Coburn 8%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 8%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 8%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 8%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 8%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 8%
Jo Ann Davis 6%
Henry Hyde 6%
Anne Northup 6%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 5%
Todd Akin 5%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 5%
Henry Bonilla 5%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 5%
Henry Brown, Jr. 5%
Dan Burton 5%
Eric Cantor 5%
Howard Coble 5%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 5%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 5%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 5%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 5%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 5%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 5%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 5%
Ralph Hall 5%
Wally Herger, Jr. 5%
Duncan Hunter 5%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal R 5%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 5%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 5%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 5%
Buck McKeon 5%
Sue Myrick 5%
GA U.S. House-6 Tom Price R 5%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam R 5%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 5%
Jim Ryun 5%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 5%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 5%
Cliff Stearns 5%
John Sullivan 5%
David Weldon 5%
GA U.S. House-3 Lynn Westmoreland R 5%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 5%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 5%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 0%
Thomas DeLay 0%
John Doolittle 0%
Terry Everett 0%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 0%
Phil Gingrey 0%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 0%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Joel Hefley 0%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 0%
John Linder 0%
Gary Miller 0%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 0%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 0%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%

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