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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2007 Positions

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

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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