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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2011 Positions (House Only)

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 60%
Sandy Adams 20%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Jason Altmire 40%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 75%
Rob Andrews 80%
NE State Senate 20 Brad Ashford Non-partisan 100%
Steve Austria 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 40%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 11 Lou Barletta Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 40%
Roscoe Bartlett 60%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 20%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 1 Dan Benishek Republican 0%
Rick Berg 0%
Shelley Berkley 75%
Howard Berman 100%
Judy Biggert 40%
Brian Bilbray 0%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 0%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 60%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 60%
TN U.S. House 6 Diane Black Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 20%
Dan Boren 20%
Leonard Boswell 60%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 100%
AL U.S. House 5 Mo Brooks Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 40%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 0%
IN U.S. House 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 0%
Ann Marie Buerkle 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
Dan Burton 0%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 75%
Francisco Canseco 0%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 0%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
Dennis Cardoza 40%
Russ Carnahan 60%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 60%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 60%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 20%
Ben Chandler III 40%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 100%
Hansen Clarke 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 20%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 60%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 40%
Jerry Costello 80%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 60%
Chip Cravaack 0%
AR U.S. House 1 Rick Crawford Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
Mark Critz 60%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 40%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 25%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
Geoff Davis 0%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 60%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 20%
TN U.S. House 4 Scott DesJarlais Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 0%
Norm Dicks 60%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Robert Dold 40%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
David Dreier 0%
WI U.S. House 7 Sean Duffy Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 60%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
NC U.S. House 2 Renee Ellmers Republican 0%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 27 Blake Farenthold Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
TN U.S. House 8 Stephen Fincher Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 60%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
TN U.S. House 3 Chuck Fleischmann Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 17 Bill Flores Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 20%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
Barney Frank 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 25%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
Elton Gallegly 0%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 4 Cory Gardner Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 7 Bob Gibbs Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 60%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 80%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 4 Paul Gosar Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 4 Trey Gowdy III Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 40%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
AR U.S. House 2 Tim Griffin Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 40%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 11 Michael Grimm Republican 0%
Frank Guinta 0%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 0%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 22 Richard Hanna Republican 50%
Jane Harman 67%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 0%
MD U.S. House 1 Andy Harris Republican 20%
MO U.S. House 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
Nan Hayworth 0%
NV U.S. House 3 Joe Heck, Jr. Republican 0%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 60%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
WA U.S. House 3 Jaime Herrera Beutler Republican 20%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 60%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 33%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
Thomas Holden 60%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 60%
KS U.S. House 1 Tim Huelskamp Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 2 Bill Huizenga Republican 0%
IL U.S. House 14 Randy Hultgren Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 5 Robert Hurt Republican 0%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 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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