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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 13%
IA State House 3 Daniel Huseman Republican 0%
IA State House 8 Henry Rayhons Republican 0%
IA State House 21 Jack Drake Republican 0%
IA State House 24 Cecil Dolecheck Republican 11%
IA State House 55 Roger Thomas Democratic 11%
IA State House 70 Todd Taylor Democratic 56%
IA State House 84 David Heaton Republican 0%
IA State House 86 Mary Mascher Democratic 56%
IA State House 87 Dennis Cohoon Democratic 44%
IA State House 99 Pat Murphy Democratic 44%
IA State Senate 8 Michael Gronstal Democratic 50%
IA State Senate 9 Nancy Boettger Republican 0%
IA State Senate 11 Hubert Houser Republican 0%
IA State Senate 15 Dennis Black Democratic 13%
IA State Senate 16 Dick Dearden Democratic 50%
IA State Senate 21 Matthew McCoy Democratic 25%
IA State Senate 24 Jerry Behn Republican 0%
IA State Senate 25 Bill Dix Republican 11%
IA State Senate 31 Bill Dotzler, Jr. Democratic 33%
IA State Senate 35 Wally Horn Democratic 38%
IA State Senate 37 Robert Dvorsky Democratic 50%
IA State Senate 39 Sandy Greiner Republican 11%
IA State Senate 50 Pam Jochum Democratic 44%
IA Director of the Department of Natural Resources Charles Gipp Republican 0%
Jeff Angelo 13%
Rich Arnold 0%
Donna Hammitt Barry 0%
Merlin Bartz 13%
Paul Bell 33%
Gary Blodgett 0%
Daniel Boddicker 0%
Effie Lee Boggess 0%
Clyde Edward Bradley 0%
Barry Brauns 0%
Robert John Brunkhorst 11%
Polly Bukta 33%
Danny Carroll 0%
Michael Cataldo 33%
Michael Connolly 38%
John Connors 56%
Michael Cormack 22%
Patrick Deluhery 38%
Minnette Frerichs Doderer 67%
Richard Drake 0%
James Drees 33%
Russell James Eddie 0%
Steve Falck 22%
Ed Fallon, Jr. 100%
Bill Fink 38%
Thomas Flynn 13%
Romaine Foege 67%
Wayne Ford 67%
Eugene Fraise 38%
Mary Lou Freeman 13%
Marcella Frevert 44%
Teresa Garman 22%
E. Thurman Gaskill 0%
Betty Grundberg 22%
Jim Hahn 0%
Johnie Hammond 75%
Brad Hansen 0%
Steven Hansen 25%
Patricia Joan Harper 63%
H. Kay Hedge 0%
Danny Holmes 0%
Jack Holveck 44%
Geri Huser 44%
Stewart Iverson, Jr. 0%
Libby Jacobs 11%
G. Willard Jenkins 0%
John Jensen 0%
John Judge 13%
John Kibbie 50%
Ralph Klemme 11%
Mary Kramer 0%
Keith Kreiman 22%
Rick Larkin 44%
Charles Larson, Jr. 0%
David Lord 0%
Mary Lundby 25%
O. Gene Maddox 0%
Mona Martin 11%
Dennis May 22%
Andy McKean 0%
Larry McKibben 0%
Derryl McLaren 13%
Dolores Mertz 0%
Janet Metcalf 11%
David Millage 0%
J. Norman Mundie 22%
Richard Myers 67%
Beverly Joan Nelson-Forbes 11%
Michael O'Brien 11%
Robert Osterhaus 33%
Christopher Rants 0%
Donald Redfern 0%
John Redwine 0%
Kitty Rehberg 0%
Rebecca Reynolds 33%
Steven Richardson 33%
Jack Rife 38%
Sheldon Rittmer 0%
Paul Scherrman 33%
David Floyd Schrader 56%
Neal Schuerer 13%
Donald Shoultz 56%
J. Brent Siegrist 0%
Steven Sukup 0%
Elaine Szymoniak 25%
Russell Teig 0%
Rosemary Thomson 0%
Margaret Tinsman 0%
Phillip Tyrrell 0%
James Van Fossen 0%
Steven Warnstadt 44%
Richard Weidman 11%
Keith William Weigel 44%
Jerry Welter 0%
Wesley Whitead 44%
Philip Wise 22%
William Witt 33%
Lyle Zieman 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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