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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 43%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 20%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 7%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 7%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 6%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 6%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 13%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 7%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 80%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 94%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 6%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 87%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 19%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 88%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 81%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 94%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 13%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 13%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 88%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 81%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 87%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 81%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 81%
DC U.S. House Delegate Eleanor Norton Democratic 75%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 93%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 87%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 6%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 6%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 6%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 40%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 44%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam Republican 13%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 7%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 81%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 13%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 13%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 81%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 33%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 9%
GU U.S. House Delegate Madeleine Bordallo Democratic 80%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 94%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 7%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 94%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 13%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 7%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 6%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 93%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 67%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 13%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 13%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 44%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 87%
IN U.S. House 3 Marlin Stutzman Republican 0%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 88%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 7%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 7%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 13%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 19%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 7%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 7%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 25%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 13%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 88%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 6%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 13%
LA U.S. Senate Jr Bill Cassidy Republican 25%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 13%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 6%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 6%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 80%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 88%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 94%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 93%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 19%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 6%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 87%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 13%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 6%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 31%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 87%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 7%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 13%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 8%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 7%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 7%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 13%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 80%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 93%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 87%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 31%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 6%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 13%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 13%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 13%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 13%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 38%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 13%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 25%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 19%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 93%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 88%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 94%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 19%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 88%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 93%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 6%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 93%

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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