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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Library Association

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 11%
Gary Ackerman 11%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 38%
Todd Akin 11%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 13%
Rodney Alexander 0%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 44%
Jason Altmire 0%
Rob Andrews 11%
Michael Arcuri 22%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
Brian Baird 11%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 33%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 13%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Max Baucus 25%
Evan Bayh 0%
Melissa Bean 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 11%
Bob Bennett 13%
Shelley Berkley 11%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 0%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 13%
Judy Biggert 0%
Brian Bilbray 0%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 0%
Jeff Bingaman 38%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 11%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 0%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
Dan Boren 11%
Leonard Boswell 11%
Rick Boucher 33%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 13%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 0%
Nancy Boyda 0%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 11%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 11%
Henry Brown, Jr. 11%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 13%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 0%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
Dan Burton 22%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 0%
Chris Cannon 0%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 25%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 11%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 13%
Dennis Cardoza 0%
Russ Carnahan 0%
Christopher Carney 11%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 13%
Mike Castle 0%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 0%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 0%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Ben Chandler III 22%
Travis Childers 0%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 22%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 11%
Hillary Clinton 25%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 38%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 33%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
Norm Coleman 25%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0%
Kent Conrad 13%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 33%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 0%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 0%
Jerry Costello 11%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 0%
Larry Craig 13%
Robert Cramer 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 0%
Barbara Cubin 11%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 22%
Artur Davis 11%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 11%
David Davis 0%
Geoff Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 0%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 0%
Thomas Davis III 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 22%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 22%
Bill Delahunt 11%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
James DeMint 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 0%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 0%
Norm Dicks 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 11%
Chris Dodd 25%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 11%
Elizabeth Dole 13%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 0%
John Doolittle 11%
Byron Dorgan 0%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 0%
Thelma Drake 0%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 25%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 0%
Chet Edwards 0%
Vern Ehlers 33%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
Brad Ellsworth 0%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 0%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
Philip English 11%
John Ensign 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 11%
Bob Etheridge 0%
Terry Everett 0%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 11%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 11%
Tom Feeney 0%
Russ Feingold 25%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 13%
Michael Ferguson 0%
Bob Filner 56%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 11%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 11%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
Barney Frank 11%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 11%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 0%
Elton Gallegly 0%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 0%
Gabrielle Giffords 0%
Wayne Gilchrest 0%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 11%
Charlie Gonzalez 22%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
Bart Gordon 22%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 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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