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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
IA State House 3 Daniel Huseman Republican 21%
IA State House 4 Dwayne Alons Republican 21%
IA State House 5 Chuck Soderberg Republican 21%
IA State House 8 Henry Rayhons Republican 21%
IA State House 9 Helen Miller Democratic 43%
IA State House 19 Ralph Watts Republican 14%
IA State House 20 Clel Baudler Republican 21%
IA State House 21 Jack Drake Republican 21%
IA State House 24 Cecil Dolecheck Republican 21%
IA State House 31 Rick Olson Democratic 64%
IA State House 34 Bruce Hunter Democratic 79%
IA State House 41 Jo Oldson Democratic 43%
IA State House 45 Beth Wessel-Kroeschell Democratic 64%
IA State House 46 Lisa Heddens Democratic 29%
IA State House 54 Linda Upmeyer Republican 21%
IA State House 55 Roger Thomas Democratic 36%
IA State House 59 Bob Kressig Democratic 43%
IA State House 62 Deborah Berry Democratic 50%
IA State House 67 Kraig Paulsen Republican 21%
IA State House 70 Todd Taylor Democratic 57%
IA State House 71 Mark Smith Democratic 43%
IA State House 74 Dave Jacoby Democratic 50%
IA State House 75 Dawn Pettengill Republican 43%
IA State House 81 Mary Gaskill Democratic 36%
IA State House 84 David Heaton Republican 21%
IA State House 85 Vicki Lensing Democratic 71%
IA State House 86 Mary Mascher Democratic 71%
IA State House 87 Dennis Cohoon Democratic 36%
IA State House 88 Tom Sands Republican 21%
IA State House 89 Jim Lykam Democratic 29%
IA State House 90 Cindy Winckler Democratic 64%
IA State House 92 Frank Wood Democratic 37%
IA State House 97 Steven Olson Republican 21%
IA State House 99 Pat Murphy Democratic 43%
IA State Senate 1 David Johnson Republican 37%
IA State Senate 5 Daryl Beall Democratic 37%
IA State Senate 8 Michael Gronstal Democratic 37%
IA State Senate 9 Nancy Boettger Republican 37%
IA State Senate 11 Hubert Houser Republican 37%
IA State Senate 15 Dennis Black Democratic 37%
IA State Senate 16 Dick Dearden Democratic 37%
IA State Senate 17 Jack Hatch Democratic 50%
IA State Senate 18 Janet Petersen Democratic 43%
IA State Senate 20 Brad Zaun Republican 37%
IA State Senate 21 Matthew McCoy Democratic 25%
IA State Senate 23 Herman Quirmbach Democratic 75%
IA State Senate 24 Jerry Behn Republican 37%
IA State Senate 25 Bill Dix Republican 21%
IA State Senate 27 Amanda Ragan Democratic 37%
IA State Senate 30 Jeff Danielson Democratic 50%
IA State Senate 31 Bill Dotzler, Jr. Democratic 37%
IA State Senate 32 Brian Schoenjahn Democratic 37%
IA State Senate 33 Robert Hogg Democratic 43%
IA State Senate 35 Wally Horn Democratic 37%
IA State Senate 37 Robert Dvorsky Democratic 37%
IA State Senate 39 Sandy Greiner Republican 21%
IA State Senate 43 Joe Bolkcom Democratic 63%
IA State Senate 44 Thomas Courtney Democratic 25%
IA State Senate 45 Joe Seng Democratic 37%
IA State Senate 50 Pam Jochum Democratic 71%
IA Director of the Department of Natural Resources Charles Gipp Republican 29%
IA Supervisor At-Large Doug Shull Republican 37%
Richard Anderson 29%
Jeff Angelo 37%
Rich Arnold 14%
Paul Bell 29%
Carmine Boal 21%
Robert John Brunkhorst 37%
Polly Bukta 43%
Danny Carroll 21%
Royd Chambers 21%
Michael Connolly 50%
Swati Dandekar 29%
Mark Davitt 43%
Betty De Boef 14%
George Eichhorn 29%
Jeffrey Elgin 29%
Ed Fallon, Jr. 71%
Romaine Foege 57%
Wayne Ford 50%
Eugene Fraise 25%
Mary Lou Freeman 21%
Marcella Frevert 43%
E. Thurman Gaskill 25%
Polly Granzow 29%
Jim Hahn 37%
Tom Hancock 37%
Clarence Hoffman 21%
Lance Horbach 21%
Geri Huser 36%
Joe Hutter 21%
Stewart Iverson, Jr. 37%
Libby Jacobs 21%
G. Willard Jenkins 29%
Gerald Jones 21%
Jeff Kaufmann 21%
Steve Kettering 50%
John Kibbie 37%
Keith Kreiman 37%
Mark Kuhn 50%
James Kurtenbach 21%
David Lalk 14%
Jeffrey Lamberti 37%
Charles Larson, Jr. 37%
Steven Lukan 21%
Mary Lundby 37%
O. Gene Maddox 21%
Mike May 29%
Kevin McCarthy 29%
Larry McKibben 37%
Paul McKinley 37%
Dolores Mertz 21%
David Miller 37%
Dave Mulder 37%
Donovan Olson 43%
John Putney 37%
Brian Quirk 21%
Scott Raecker 21%
Christopher Rants 21%
Daniel Rasmussen 14%
Michael Reasoner 29%
Nathan Reichert 43%
Thomas Rielly 37%
Rod Roberts 21%
Bill Schickel 14%
Thomas Schueller 43%
James Seymour 37%
Paul Shomshor, Jr. 29%
Donald Shoultz 79%
Roger Stewart 37%
Doug Struyk 29%
Kurt Swaim 36%
Rich Taylor 57%
Margaret Tinsman 37%
Dave Tjepkes 14%
Walt Tomenga 21%
Jodi Tymeson 21%
James Van Engelenhoven 14%
James Van Fossen 29%
Jim Van Fossen 21%
Pat Ward 37%
Steven Warnstadt 37%
Roger Wendt 50%
John Whitaker 43%
Wesley Whitead 43%
Ron Wieck 37%
Paul Wilderdyke 21%
Philip Wise 43%
Mark Zieman 50%
Ray Zirkelbach 50%

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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