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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 23 Tom Reed II Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 81%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 93%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 92%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 13%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 13%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 14%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 75%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 13%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 13%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 81%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 6%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 6%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 7%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 14%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 19%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 88%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 75%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 93%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. Republican 13%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 13%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 81%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 33%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 13%
PA U.S. House 18 Tim Murphy Republican 13%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 87%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 81%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 93%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 93%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 13%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 7%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 7%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 13%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 19%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 81%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 6%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 93%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 7%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 69%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 94%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 7%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 15%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 19%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 8%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 6%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 94%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 17%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 13%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 88%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 80%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 14%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 33%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 88%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 93%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 87%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 88%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 13%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 88%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 93%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 6%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 94%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 7%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 7%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 7%
WY U.S. House At-Large Cynthia Lummis Republican 13%
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Gary Ackerman 81%
John Adler 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 93%
Todd Akin 6%
Rodney Alexander 13%
Jason Altmire 63%
Rob Andrews 81%
Michael Arcuri 75%
Steve Austria 13%
Joe Baca, Sr. 81%
Michele Bachmann 13%
Spencer Bachus 13%
Brian Baird 67%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
John Barrow 63%
Roscoe Bartlett 25%
Max Baucus 80%
Evan Bayh 80%
Melissa Bean 88%
Mark Begich 93%
Bob Bennett 14%
Shelley Berkley 88%
Howard Berman 93%
Marion Berry 30%
Judy Biggert 31%
Brian Bilbray 7%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
Tim Bishop 87%
John Boccieri 81%
Kit Bond 7%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 6%
Mary Bono Mack 19%
Dan Boren 20%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 67%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 75%
Bruce Braley 94%
Bobby Bright 6%
Paul Broun 13%
Henry Brown, Jr. 8%
Scott Brown 50%
Ginny Brown-Waite 14%
Jim Bunning 8%
Roland Burris 92%
Dan Burton 6%
Steve Buyer 13%
Robert Byrd 83%
Dave Camp 13%
John Campbell III 19%
Eric Cantor 6%
Joseph Cao 40%
Dennis Cardoza 67%
Russ Carnahan 81%
Christopher Carney 44%
Mike Castle 44%
Saxby Chambliss 7%
Ben Chandler III 56%
Travis Childers 19%
Donna Christensen 100%
Howard Coble 13%
Thomas Coburn 7%
Kent Conrad 73%
Jerry Costello 50%
Mark Critz 25%
Kathy Dahlkemper 79%
Artur Davis 53%
Geoff Davis 13%
Lincoln Davis 38%
Bill Delahunt 87%
James DeMint 7%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 13%
Norm Dicks 81%
John Dingell 88%
Charles Djou 100%
Chris Dodd 93%
Byron Dorgan 73%
David Dreier 19%
Steve Driehaus 100%
Chet Edwards 69%
Vern Ehlers 38%
Brad Ellsworth 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 19%
John Ensign 7%
Bob Etheridge 67%
Eni Faleomavaega 100%
Russ Feingold 87%
Bob Filner 94%
Barney Frank 88%
Elton Gallegly 8%
Jim Gerlach 19%
Gabrielle Giffords 88%
Phil Gingrey 14%
Charlie Gonzalez 88%
Carte Goodwin 0%

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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