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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 31%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 33%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 17%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 23%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matthew Salmon Republican 23%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 85%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 67%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 23%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 31%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 31%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 85%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 77%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 77%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 8%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 17%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 15%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 8%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 46%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 85%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 15%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 85%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 33%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 67%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 17%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 50%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 23%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 77%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 82%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 15%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 77%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 33%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 38%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 33%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 17%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 31%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 15%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 8%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 50%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 15%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 62%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 67%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 77%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 67%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 62%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 42%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 8%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 69%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 85%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 23%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 31%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 17%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 23%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 77%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 17%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 67%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 38%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 33%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 85%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 38%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 23%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 23%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 77%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 15%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 33%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 69%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 54%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 31%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 77%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 77%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 33%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 23%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 62%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 82%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 8%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 23%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 31%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 69%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 22%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 85%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 17%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 33%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 31%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 25%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 67%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 31%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 77%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 38%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 38%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 23%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 85%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 67%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 31%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 31%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 77%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 50%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 23%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 31%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 58%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 85%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 17%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 92%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 31%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 85%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 8%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 85%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 67%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 31%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 82%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 69%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 85%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 83%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 31%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 69%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 31%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 23%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 77%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 67%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 54%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 33%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 17%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 67%
Wayne Allard 17%
Thomas Allen 85%
Rob Andrews 62%
Bill Archer 23%
Richard Armey 23%
John Ashcroft 17%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
Brian Baird 69%
Richard Hugh Baker 15%
Cass Ballenger 23%
James Barcia 46%
Robert Barr, Jr. 31%
Bill Barrett 23%

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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