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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2007 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 80
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 75
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 43
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 29
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 29
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 0
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 50
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 17
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 57
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 67
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 83
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 57
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 57
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 14
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 29
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 29
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 50
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 50
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 14
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 17
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 14
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 29
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 71
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 86
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 71
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 86
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 71
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 14
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 86
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 14
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 86
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 71
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 0
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 71
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 86
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 29
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 71
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 86
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 86
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 14
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 14
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 33
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 14
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 14
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 29
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 86
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 86
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 83
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 86
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 0
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 29
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 20
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 20
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 0
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney 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 83
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 0
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 0
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano 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 0
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 83
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 17
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 0
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 83
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 0
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 0
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 0
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 0
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 33
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 33
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 83
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 0
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 0
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 83
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 100
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 0
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 83
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 100
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 0
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 0
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 0
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 10
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 0
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 83
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 83
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 17
MI U.S. House 7 Tim Walberg Republican 17
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 0
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 0
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100
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 100
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 33
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 0
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 0
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 0
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 17
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 17
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 0
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 100
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 17
NM U.S. House 2 Steve Pearce Republican 0
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 0
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 100
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 83
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 0
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 0
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 0
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 100
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 17
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 0
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 100
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 17

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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