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Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 83%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 92%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 25%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 17%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 8%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 67%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 18%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 33%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 41%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 73%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 83%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 91%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 67%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 58%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 17%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 17%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 25%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 9%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 55%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 8%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 27%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 25%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 58%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 17%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 83%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 42%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 92%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 67%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 5%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 8%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 5%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 17%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 67%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 67%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 83%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 8%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 8%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 92%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 83%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 25%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 42%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 17%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 18%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 8%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 17%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 92%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 83%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 95%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 70%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 29%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 9%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 14%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 8%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 14%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 14%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 10%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 28%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 37%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 9%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 71%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 36%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 68%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 14%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 5%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 9%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 52%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 14%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 82%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 14%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 9%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 14%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 76%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 82%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 91%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 82%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 15%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 14%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 9%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 95%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 18%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 95%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 9%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 95%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 86%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 95%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 36%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 41%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 5%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 9%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 9%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 23%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 27%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 19%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 86%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 23%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 18%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 9%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 73%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 14%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 18%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 91%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 14%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 18%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 81%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 9%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 5%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 27%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 29%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 36%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 5%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 82%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 77%

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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