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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2007-2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 80%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 91%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 29%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 21%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 23%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 50%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 18%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 17%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 9%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 57%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 85%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 89%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 82%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 29%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 43%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 15%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 14%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 92%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 21%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 86%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 45%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 55%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 14%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 36%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 14%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 57%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 21%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 93%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 86%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 86%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 79%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 64%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 18%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 14%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 14%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 93%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 14%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 93%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 79%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 18%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 86%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 21%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 21%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 93%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 71%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 93%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 79%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 20%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 50%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 14%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 23%
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 21%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 92%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 93%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 57%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 21%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 17%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 38%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 18%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 18%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 18%
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 18%
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 91%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 82%
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 18%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 18%
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 9%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 36%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 25%
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 18%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 82%
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%
DC U.S. House Delegate Eleanor Norton Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 22%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 55%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 55%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 18%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 82%
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 9%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 20%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 64%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 82%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 18%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 18%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 20%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 82%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 18%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 18%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 18%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 91%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 18%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 25%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 18%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 100%
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 91%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 73%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 18%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 36%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 18%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 27%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 18%
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 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 18%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 90%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 22%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 91%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 91%
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 18%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 20%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 55%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 18%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 18%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 18%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 18%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 27%

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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