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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 92%
Todd Akin 5%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 18%
Rodney Alexander 9%
Wayne Allard 8%
George Allen 17%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 82%
Joe Baca, Sr. 77%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 14%
Brian Baird 95%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 95%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 36%
Roscoe Bartlett 36%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 27%
Max Baucus 83%
Evan Bayh 67%
Melissa Bean 64%
Bob Beauprez 20%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 25%
Shelley Berkley 90%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 50%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 92%
Judy Biggert 41%
Michael Bilirakis 9%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 14%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 86%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 9%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 95%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 5%
Sherwood Boehlert 45%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 18%
Kit Bond 17%
Henry Bonilla 5%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 29%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 18%
Dan Boren 27%
Leonard Boswell 55%
Rick Boucher 82%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 14%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 83%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 62%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 5%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
Henry Brown, Jr. 5%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 25%
Ginny Brown-Waite 10%
Jim Bunning 17%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 14%
Conrad Burns 17%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 17%
Dan Burton 5%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 95%
Steve Buyer 10%
Robert Byrd 75%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 9%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 8%
Chris Cannon 15%
Eric Cantor 5%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 83%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
Dennis Cardoza 73%
Russ Carnahan 86%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 67%
Julia Carson 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 10%
Edward Case 77%
Mike Castle 47%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 14%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 75%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 17%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Chris Chocola 18%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 95%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 83%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 95%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 5%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 8%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 8%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 5%
Norm Coleman 17%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 42%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0%
Kent Conrad 67%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 77%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 8%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 67%
Jerry Costello 64%
Larry Craig 25%
Robert Cramer 45%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 9%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 5%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 95%
Barbara Cubin 18%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 48%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
Artur Davis 68%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
Geoff Davis 14%
James Davis 79%
Jo Ann Davis 6%
Lincoln Davis 32%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 95%
Thomas Davis III 19%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 5%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 86%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 17%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 27%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 25%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 33%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 28%
Norm Dicks 95%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 95%
Chris Dodd 80%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
Elizabeth Dole 17%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 17%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 67%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 77%
Thelma Drake 9%
David Dreier 18%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 18%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
Chet Edwards 55%
Vern Ehlers 45%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 81%
Jo Ann Emerson 19%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 18%
John Ensign 17%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
Bob Etheridge 64%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
Tom Feeney 10%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 73%
Michael Ferguson 18%
Bob Filner 100%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 36%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 41%
Mark Foley 29%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 14%
Harold Ford, Jr. 57%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 9%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 14%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
Barney Frank 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 5%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 23%
William Frist 25%
Elton Gallegly 9%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 19%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 29%
Jim Gibbons 14%
Wayne Gilchrest 60%
Paul Gillmor 14%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 10%
Charlie Gonzalez 91%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 5%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 9%
Bart Gordon 50%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 25%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
Mark Green 19%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 86%

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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