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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa

2011-2012 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
IA State House 1 Jeff Smith Republican 38%
IA State House 3 Daniel Huseman Republican 40%
IA State House 4 Dwayne Alons Republican 38%
IA State House 5 Chuck Soderberg Republican 38%
IA State House 6 Ron Jorgensen Republican 31%
IA State House 8 Henry Rayhons Republican 40%
IA State House 9 Helen Miller Democratic 71%
IA State House 10 Tom Shaw Republican 38%
IA State House 11 Gary Worthan Republican 38%
IA State House 12 Dan Muhlbauer Democratic 56%
IA State House 13 Chris Hall Democratic 81%
IA State House 15 Mark Brandenburg Republican 23%
IA State House 16 Mary Ann Hanusa Republican 25%
IA State House 17 Matt Windschitl Republican 38%
IA State House 18 Jason Schultz Republican 38%
IA State House 19 Ralph Watts Republican 33%
IA State House 20 Clel Baudler Republican 38%
IA State House 21 Jack Drake Republican 31%
IA State House 22 Greg Forristall Republican 25%
IA State House 24 Cecil Dolecheck Republican 38%
IA State House 27 Joel Fry Republican 38%
IA State House 29 Dan Kelley Democratic 88%
IA State House 31 Rick Olson Democratic 77%
IA State House 32 Ruth Ann Gaines Democratic 81%
IA State House 34 Bruce Hunter Democratic 100%
IA State House 35 Ako Abdul-Samad Democratic 81%
IA State House 38 Kevin Koester Republican 38%
IA State House 41 Jo Oldson Democratic 81%
IA State House 42 Peter Cownie Republican 38%
IA State House 43 Chris Hagenow Republican 38%
IA State House 45 Beth Wessel-Kroeschell Democratic 88%
IA State House 46 Lisa Heddens Democratic 88%
IA State House 47 Chip Baltimore Republican 38%
IA State House 48 Robert Bacon Republican 50%
IA State House 49 Dave Deyoe Republican 38%
IA State House 50 Patrick Grassley Republican 38%
IA State House 51 Joshua Byrnes Republican 33%
IA State House 53 Sharon Steckman Democratic 81%
IA State House 54 Linda Upmeyer Republican 38%
IA State House 55 Roger Thomas Democratic 60%
IA State House 58 Brian Moore Republican 38%
IA State House 59 Bob Kressig Democratic 81%
IA State House 60 Walt Rogers Republican 38%
IA State House 61 Anesa Kajtazovic Democratic 81%
IA State House 62 Deborah Berry Democratic 75%
IA State House 65 Tyler Olson Democratic 75%
IA State House 67 Kraig Paulsen Republican 38%
IA State House 69 Kirsten Running-Marquardt Democratic 81%
IA State House 70 Todd Taylor Democratic 88%
IA State House 71 Mark Smith Democratic 75%
IA State House 74 Dave Jacoby Democratic 75%
IA State House 75 Dawn Pettengill Republican 38%
IA State House 78 Jarad Klein Republican 38%
IA State House 79 Guy Vander Linden Republican 38%
IA State House 81 Mary Gaskill Democratic 63%
IA State House 82 Curt Hanson Democratic 69%
IA State House 83 Jerry Kearns Democratic 81%
IA State House 84 David Heaton Republican 25%
IA State House 85 Vicki Lensing Democratic 87%
IA State House 86 Mary Mascher Democratic 81%
IA State House 87 Dennis Cohoon Democratic 81%
IA State House 88 Tom Sands Republican 38%
IA State House 89 Jim Lykam Democratic 75%
IA State House 90 Cindy Winckler Democratic 81%
IA State House 91 Mark Lofgren Republican 38%
IA State House 93 Phyllis Thede Democratic 73%
IA State House 94 Linda Miller Republican 31%
IA State House 96 Lee Hein Republican 31%
IA State House 97 Steven Olson Republican 31%
IA State House 98 Mary Wolfe Democratic 81%
IA State House 99 Pat Murphy Democratic 94%
IA State House 100 Charles Isenhart Democratic 81%
IA State Senate 1 David Johnson Republican 50%
IA State Senate 2 Randy Feenstra Republican 63%
IA State Senate 3 Bill Anderson Republican 63%
IA State Senate 5 Daryl Beall Democratic 63%
IA State Senate 7 Rick Bertrand Republican 63%
IA State Senate 8 Michael Gronstal Democratic 63%
IA State Senate 9 Nancy Boettger Republican 63%
IA State Senate 11 Hubert Houser Republican 50%
IA State Senate 12 Joni Ernst Republican 50%
IA State Senate 13 Julian Garrett Republican 38%
IA State Senate 15 Dennis Black Democratic 63%
IA State Senate 16 Dick Dearden Democratic 63%
IA State Senate 17 Jack Hatch Democratic 75%
IA State Senate 18 Janet Petersen Democratic 81%
IA State Senate 19 Jack Whitver Republican 50%
IA State Senate 20 Brad Zaun Republican 50%
IA State Senate 21 Matthew McCoy Democratic 88%
IA State Senate 23 Herman Quirmbach Democratic 88%
IA State Senate 24 Jerry Behn Republican 57%
IA State Senate 25 Bill Dix Republican 63%
IA State Senate 26 Mary Jo Wilhelm Democratic 63%
IA State Senate 27 Amanda Ragan Democratic 63%
IA State Senate 29 Tod Bowman Democratic 63%
IA State Senate 30 Jeff Danielson Democratic 75%
IA State Senate 31 Bill Dotzler, Jr. Democratic 75%
IA State Senate 32 Brian Schoenjahn Democratic 63%
IA State Senate 33 Robert Hogg Democratic 75%
IA State Senate 34 Liz Mathis Democratic 83%
IA State Senate 35 Wally Horn Democratic 63%
IA State Senate 36 Steve Sodders Democratic 63%
IA State Senate 37 Robert Dvorsky Democratic 75%
IA State Senate 38 Tim Kapucian Republican 50%
IA State Senate 39 Sandy Greiner Republican 63%
IA State Senate 41 Chelgren Republican 63%
IA State Senate 43 Joe Bolkcom Democratic 88%
IA State Senate 44 Thomas Courtney Democratic 63%
IA State Senate 45 Joe Seng Democratic 50%
IA State Senate 47 Roby Smith Republican 63%
IA State Senate 50 Pam Jochum Democratic 75%
IA Supervisor At-Large Dan Muhlbauer 56%
Richard Anderson 36%
Rich Arnold 43%
Merlin Bartz 50%
Royd Chambers 38%
Betty De Boef 38%
Eugene Fraise 63%
Bob Hager 33%
Jim Hahn 63%
Shawn Hamerlinck 63%
Tom Hancock 63%
Erik Helland 38%
Lance Horbach 38%
Stewart Iverson, Jr. 40%
Jeff Kaufmann 31%
Steve Kettering 63%
John Kibbie 63%
Steven Lukan 43%
Glen Massie 38%
Kevin McCarthy 75%
Paul McKinley 33%
Ross Paustian 31%
Kim Pearson 38%
Brian Quirk 38%
Scott Raecker 31%
Daniel Rasmussen 40%
Thomas Rielly 63%
Renee Schulte 25%
James Seymour 71%
Kent Sorenson 63%
Kurt Swaim 67%
Annette Sweeney 38%
Jeremy Taylor 38%
Dave Tjepkes 38%
James Van Engelenhoven 33%
Nick Wagner 38%
Pat Ward 57%
Andrew Wenthe 67%
Nate Willems 75%
John Wittneben 75%

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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