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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Library Association

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 25%
John Adler 13%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 33%
Todd Akin 0%
Rodney Alexander 13%
Jason Altmire 13%
Rob Andrews 13%
Michael Arcuri 25%
Steve Austria 13%
Joe Baca, Sr. 13%
Brian Baird 13%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 13%
Max Baucus 17%
Evan Bayh 0%
Melissa Bean 13%
Bob Bennett 0%
Shelley Berkley 25%
Howard Berman 13%
Marion Berry 13%
Judy Biggert 25%
Brian Bilbray 13%
Jeff Bingaman 33%
John Boccieri 25%
Kit Bond 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 13%
Dan Boren 13%
Leonard Boswell 13%
Rick Boucher 0%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 13%
Bobby Bright 25%
Henry Brown, Jr. 13%
Ginny Brown-Waite 13%
Jim Bunning 17%
Roland Burris 17%
Dan Burton 25%
Steve Buyer 13%
Robert Byrd 0%
Eric Cantor 13%
Joseph Cao 13%
Dennis Cardoza 13%
Russ Carnahan 13%
Christopher Carney 13%
Mike Castle 13%
Ben Chandler III 38%
Travis Childers 25%
Kent Conrad 17%
Jerry Costello 13%
Kathy Dahlkemper 13%
Artur Davis 13%
Geoff Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 13%
Bill Delahunt 25%
James DeMint 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 13%
Norm Dicks 13%
Chris Dodd 17%
Byron Dorgan 0%
David Dreier 13%
Steve Driehaus 13%
Chet Edwards 13%
Vern Ehlers 25%
Brad Ellsworth 13%
Jo Ann Emerson 13%
John Ensign 0%
Bob Etheridge 13%
Russ Feingold 50%
Bob Filner 13%
Barney Frank 13%
Elton Gallegly 0%
Gabrielle Giffords 13%
Charlie Gonzalez 25%
Bart Gordon 38%
Judd Gregg 0%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 13%
John Hall 25%
Debbie Halvorson 13%
Phil Hare 13%
Jane Harman 38%
Wally Herger, Jr. 13%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 0%
Baron Hill 13%
Maurice Hinchey 38%
Paul Hodes 25%
Pete Hoekstra 13%
Thomas Holden 13%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 0%
Daniel Inouye 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 13%
Tim Johnson 25%
Steve Kagen 13%
Paul Kanjorski 13%
Ted Kaufman 17%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 17%
Patrick Kennedy 13%
Dale Kildee 13%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 13%
Mary Jo Kilroy 13%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 0%
Larry Kissell 13%
Ron Klein 13%
Herb Kohl 17%
Suzanne Kosmas 13%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 25%
Dennis Kucinich 38%
Jon Kyl 0%
Steve LaTourette 13%
Frank Lautenberg 33%
Chris Lee 13%
George LeMieux 0%
Jerry Lewis 13%
Joe Lieberman 50%
Blanche Lincoln 17%
John Linder 0%
Dick Lugar 17%
Dan Lungren 0%
Connie Mack IV 0%
Don Manzullo 0%
Betsy Markey 25%
Jim Marshall 25%
Melquiades Martinez 0%
Eric Massa 25%
Thaddeus McCotter 13%
John McHugh 25%
Michael McMahon 13%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 13%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 13%
Brad Miller 13%
Walt Minnick 25%
Harry Mitchell 25%
Alan Mollohan 13%
Dennis Moore 25%
Patrick Murphy 13%
Scott Murphy 0%
Jack Murtha 13%
Sue Myrick 0%
Ben Nelson 17%
Glenn Nye III 13%
Jim Oberstar 25%
Dave Obey 13%
John Olver 13%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 13%
Ron Paul 38%
Donald Payne 25%
Tom Perriello 13%
Todd Platts 50%
Earl Pomeroy 13%
George Radanovich 13%
Denny Rehberg 13%
Silvestre Reyes 13%
Laura Richardson 13%
Ciro Rodriguez 13%
Mike Ross 25%
Steve Rothman 25%
Mark Schauer 13%
Jean Schmidt 13%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 13%
John Shadegg 0%
Heath Shuler 13%
Ike Skelton 25%
Olympia Snowe 33%
Vic Snyder 0%
Mark Souder 25%
Zack Space 13%
Arlen Specter 0%
John Spratt, Jr. 13%
Pete Stark 25%
Cliff Stearns 13%
Bart Stupak 13%
John Sullivan 13%
Betty Sutton 13%
John Tanner 13%
Ellen Tauscher 13%
Gene Taylor 13%
Harry Teague 13%
Todd Tiahrt 25%
Ed Towns 25%
George Voinovich 0%
Zach Wamp 25%
Diane Watson 13%
Mel Watt 13%
Jim Webb, Jr. 0%
Anthony Weiner 13%
Robert Wexler 25%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 25%
Lynn Woolsey 38%
David Wu 13%
Bill Young 13%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 13%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 38%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 13%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 33%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 17%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 25%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 17%

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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