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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
VI U.S. House Delegate Donna Christensen Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
Charles Djou 100%
Steve Driehaus 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
AS U.S. House Delegate Eni Faleomavaega Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 100%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 100%
Donald Payne 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
Hilda Solis 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 94%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 94%
Bob Filner 94%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 94%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 94%
Phil Hare 94%
Maurice Hinchey 94%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 94%
Dennis Kucinich 94%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 94%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 94%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 24 Dan Maffei Democratic, Working Families 94%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 94%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 94%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 94%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 94%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 94%
Laura Richardson 94%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 94%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 94%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 94%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 94%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 93%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 93%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 93%
Howard Berman 93%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 93%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 93%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 93%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 93%
Chris Dodd 93%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 93%
Daniel Inouye 93%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 93%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 93%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 93%
Herb Kohl 93%
Frank Lautenberg 93%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 93%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 93%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 93%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 93%
Steve Rothman 93%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 93%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 93%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 93%
Pete Stark 93%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 93%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 93%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 93%
Roland Burris 92%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 92%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 92%
Steve Kagen 92%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
Eric Massa 91%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 89%
Jack Murtha 89%
John Adler 88%
Melissa Bean 88%
Shelley Berkley 88%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 88%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 88%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 88%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
Barney Frank 88%
Gabrielle Giffords 88%
Charlie Gonzalez 88%
Jane Harman 88%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 88%
Paul Hodes 88%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 88%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 88%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 88%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 88%
Mary Jo Kilroy 88%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 88%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 88%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 88%
Brad Miller 88%
Harry Mitchell 88%
Dennis Moore 88%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 88%
John Olver 88%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 88%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 88%
Betty Sutton 88%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 88%
Ed Towns 88%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 88%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 88%
Diane Watson 88%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 87%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 87%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 87%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 87%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 87%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 87%
Bill Delahunt 87%
Russ Feingold 87%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 87%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 87%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 87%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 87%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 87%
Tom Perriello 87%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 87%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 87%

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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