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Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2011 Positions (House Only)

State Office District Name Party Rating
NE State Senate 20 Brad Ashford Non-partisan 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Howard Berman 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
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%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
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%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 100%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
John Olver 100%
NY U.S. House 21 Bill Owens Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
Donald Payne 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
Laura Richardson 100%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Betty Sutton 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 100%
Ed Towns 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Mel Watt 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
Rob Andrews 80%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 80%
Jerry Costello 80%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 80%
Charlie Gonzalez 80%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
Tim Johnson 80%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 80%
Ron Paul 80%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 3 Justin Amash Republican 75%
Shelley Berkley 75%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 75%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 75%
Jane Harman 67%
Gary Ackerman 60%
Roscoe Bartlett 60%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 60%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 60%
Leonard Boswell 60%
Russ Carnahan 60%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 60%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 60%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 60%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 60%
Mark Critz 60%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 60%
Norm Dicks 60%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 60%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 60%
NY U.S. House 19 Chris Gibson Republican 60%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 60%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 60%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 60%
Thomas Holden 60%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 60%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 60%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 60%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 60%
ID U.S. House 1 Raúl Labrador Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 60%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 60%
Connie Mack IV 60%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 60%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 60%
Brad Miller 60%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 60%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 60%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 60%
Denny Rehberg 60%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 60%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 60%
Bobby Schilling 60%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 60%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 60%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 60%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 60%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 60%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 60%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 60%
NY U.S. House 22 Richard Hanna Republican 50%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 50%
Jason Altmire 40%
Joe Baca, Sr. 40%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 40%
Judy Biggert 40%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 40%
Dennis Cardoza 40%
Ben Chandler III 40%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 40%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 40%
Robert Dold 40%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 40%
VA U.S. House 9 Morgan Griffith Republican 40%

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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