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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 30%
IA State House 3 Daniel Huseman Republican 38%
IA State House 8 Henry Rayhons Republican 38%
IA State House 21 Jack Drake Republican 38%
IA State House 24 Cecil Dolecheck Republican 38%
IA State House 55 Roger Thomas Democratic 50%
IA State House 70 Todd Taylor Democratic 88%
IA State House 84 David Heaton Republican 38%
IA State House 86 Mary Mascher Democratic 88%
IA State House 87 Dennis Cohoon Democratic 88%
IA State House 99 Pat Murphy Democratic 50%
IA State Senate 8 Michael Gronstal Democratic 90%
IA State Senate 9 Nancy Boettger Republican 30%
IA State Senate 11 Hubert Houser Republican 38%
IA State Senate 15 Dennis Black Democratic 40%
IA State Senate 16 Dick Dearden Democratic 90%
IA State Senate 21 Matthew McCoy Democratic 40%
IA State Senate 24 Jerry Behn Republican 30%
IA State Senate 25 Bill Dix Republican 38%
IA State Senate 31 Bill Dotzler, Jr. Democratic 88%
IA State Senate 35 Wally Horn Democratic 50%
IA State Senate 37 Robert Dvorsky Democratic 90%
IA State Senate 39 Sandy Greiner Republican 38%
IA State Senate 50 Pam Jochum Democratic 63%
IA Director of the Department of Natural Resources Charles Gipp Republican 38%
IA Mayor At-Large Ron Corbett Republican 38%
NA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack Democratic 40%
Jeff Angelo 30%
Rich Arnold 38%
Donna Hammitt Barry 38%
Merlin Bartz 30%
Paul Bell 75%
William Bernau 88%
James Black 20%
Gary Blodgett 38%
Daniel Boddicker 38%
Effie Lee Boggess 38%
Allen Borlaug 30%
Clyde Edward Bradley 38%
William Brand 88%
Barry Brauns 25%
Robert John Brunkhorst 25%
Polly Bukta 63%
Cecelia Burnett 88%
Danny Carroll 38%
Michael Cataldo 38%
Kathleen Chapman 63%
Frank Chiodo 63%
Steven Churchill 25%
Michael Connolly 70%
John Connors 63%
Michael Cormack 50%
Patrick Deluhery 60%
Dwight Dinkla 38%
Minnette Frerichs Doderer 100%
Richard Drake 30%
James Drees 50%
Russell James Eddie 25%
Steve Falck 75%
Ed Fallon, Jr. 100%
Bill Fink 80%
Thomas Flynn 40%
Romaine Foege 88%
Wayne Ford 63%
Eugene Fraise 50%
Mary Lou Freeman 30%
Marcella Frevert 50%
Teresa Garman 38%
Donald Gettings 50%
John Greig 38%
Don Gries 38%
Betty Grundberg 63%
Jim Hahn 38%
Rod Halvorson 40%
Johnie Hammond 90%
Brad Hansen 38%
Steven Hansen 40%
H. Kay Hedge 20%
Danny Holmes 38%
Jack Holveck 63%
Geri Huser 50%
Stewart Iverson, Jr. 40%
Libby Jacobs 50%
G. Willard Jenkins 38%
John Jensen 30%
JoAnn Mardelle Johnson 30%
Patty Judge 40%
John Kibbie 50%
Ron Kinzer 75%
Ralph Klemme 38%
Deo Koenigs 63%
Mary Kramer 30%
Keith Kreiman 50%
Joseph Kremer 38%
Jeffrey Lamberti 25%
Rick Larkin 88%
Charles Larson, Jr. 38%
James Lind 33%
David Lord 38%
Mary Lundby 50%
O. Gene Maddox 30%
Mona Martin 38%
Dennis May 50%
Andy McKean 20%
Larry McKibben 30%
Derryl McLaren 30%
Dolores Mertz 50%
Janet Metcalf 50%
James Meyer 25%
David Millage 38%
Michael Moreland 100%
J. Norman Mundie 38%
Richard Myers 75%
Beverly Joan Nelson-Forbes 38%
Mary Cameron Neuhauser 90%
Michael O'Brien 63%
Robert Osterhaus 50%
William Palmer 60%
Christopher Rants 38%
Donald Redfern 30%
John Redwine 30%
Kitty Rehberg 30%
Wilmer Rensink 30%
Rebecca Reynolds 50%
Steven Richardson 75%
Jack Rife 80%
Sheldon Rittmer 30%
Paul Scherrman 50%
David Floyd Schrader 88%
Neal Schuerer 30%
Donald Shoultz 88%
J. Brent Siegrist 38%
Steven Sukup 38%
Elaine Szymoniak 80%
Russell Teig 38%
Rosemary Thomson 38%
Margaret Tinsman 30%
Phillip Tyrrell 25%
Richard Vande Hoef 38%
James Van Fossen 38%
Harold Van Maanen 38%
Kenneth Veenstra 38%
Steven Warnstadt 63%
Richard Weidman 38%
Keith William Weigel 63%
Jerry Welter 38%
Wesley Whitead 88%
Philip Wise 50%
William Witt 63%
Lyle Zieman 30%

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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