Rating Group: Republican Liberty Caucus

2005 Positions on Personal Liberties

State Office Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 56%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 25%
Todd Akin 45%
Rodney Alexander 35%
Wayne Allard 74%
George Allen 75%
Thomas Allen 53%
Rob Andrews 53%
Joe Baca, Sr. 53%
Brian Baird 55%
Richard Hugh Baker 42%
J. Gresham Barrett 45%
Roscoe Bartlett 65%
Charlie Bass 32%
Max Baucus 60%
Evan Bayh 45%
Melissa Bean 25%
Bob Beauprez 45%
Bob Bennett 89%
Shelley Berkley 47%
Howard Berman 58%
Marion Berry 50%
Judy Biggert 35%
Michael Bilirakis 42%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
Sherwood Boehlert 26%
Kit Bond 80%
Henry Bonilla 37%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 42%
Mary Bono Mack 33%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 44%
Rick Boucher 58%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 67%
Henry Brown, Jr. 47%
Ginny Brown-Waite 47%
Jim Bunning 79%
Conrad Burns 75%
Dan Burton 37%
Steve Buyer 42%
Robert Byrd 42%
Chris Cannon 45%
Eric Cantor 40%
Dennis Cardoza 47%
Russ Carnahan 50%
Julia Carson 63%
Edward Case 21%
Mike Castle 25%
Ben Chandler III 45%
Chris Chocola 45%
Hillary Clinton 45%
Norm Coleman 74%
Kent Conrad 60%
Jerry Costello 50%
Larry Craig 80%
Robert Cramer 35%
Barbara Cubin 50%
Artur Davis 47%
Geoff Davis 40%
James Davis 40%
Jo Ann Davis 40%
Lincoln Davis 45%
Thomas Davis III 28%
Bill Delahunt 59%
Thomas DeLay 45%
James DeMint 85%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 35%
Norm Dicks 50%
Chris Dodd 40%
Elizabeth Dole 70%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 63%
John Doolittle 42%
Byron Dorgan 50%
Thelma Drake 40%
David Dreier 50%
Chet Edwards 40%
Vern Ehlers 55%
Jo Ann Emerson 44%
Philip English 30%
John Ensign 85%
Bob Etheridge 32%
Lane Evans 58%
Terry Everett 44%
Tom Feeney 59%
Russ Feingold 35%
Michael Ferguson 30%
Bob Filner 58%
Mark Foley 25%
Harold Ford, Jr. 40%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 35%
Barney Frank 55%
William Frist 70%
Elton Gallegly 37%
Jim Gibbons 37%
Wayne Gilchrest 35%
Paul Gillmor 30%
Charlie Gonzalez 53%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 45%
Bart Gordon 47%
Mark Green 45%
Judd Gregg 75%
Gilbert Gutknecht 58%
Jane Harman 50%
Katherine Harris 44%
Melissa Hart 40%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Robert Hayes 42%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 40%
Joel Hefley 40%
Wally Herger, Jr. 53%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 50%
Maurice Hinchey 71%
David Lee Hobson 30%
Pete Hoekstra 47%
Thomas Holden 45%
Darlene Hooley 53%
John Nathan Hostettler 53%
Kenny Hulshof 45%
Duncan Hunter 42%
Kay Hutchison 75%
Henry Hyde 41%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 35%
Daniel Inouye 35%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 42%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 55%
William Jefferson 53%
James Merrill Jeffords 50%
William Lewis Jenkins 35%
Nancy Johnson 32%
Tim Johnson 45%
Paul Kanjorski 45%
Ric Keller 42%
Sue Kelly 40%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 32%
Mark Kennedy 40%
Patrick Kennedy 55%
Dale Kildee 55%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 58%
Joseph Knollenberg 37%
Herb Kohl 60%
James Kolbe 47%
Dennis Kucinich 58%
John Kuhl, Jr. 35%
Jon Kyl 80%
Ray LaHood 40%
Tom Lantos 47%
Steve LaTourette 33%
Frank Lautenberg 35%
James Leach 45%
Jerry Lewis 30%
Ron Lewis 42%
Joe Lieberman 44%
Blanche Lincoln 60%
John Linder 40%
Trent Lott, Sr. 84%
Dick Lugar 74%
Dan Lungren 42%
Connie Mack IV 50%
Don Manzullo 55%
Jim Marshall 37%
Melquiades Martinez 74%
Thaddeus McCotter 40%
James McCrery III 42%
John McHugh 35%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 68%
Michael McNulty 55%
Martin Meehan 58%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 61%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 45%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 50%
Brad Miller 35%
Alan Mollohan 50%
Dennis Moore 37%
Jack Murtha 55%
Marilyn Musgrave 47%
Sue Myrick 40%
Ben Nelson 75%
Robert William Ney 47%
Anne Northup 40%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 44%
James Nussle 40%
Jim Oberstar 61%
Dave Obey 72%
John Olver 60%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 39%
Thomas William Osborne 42%
Major Owens 58%
Michael Oxley 29%
Ron Paul 83%
Donald Payne 60%
John Peterson 31%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 37%
Todd Platts 30%
Richard Pombo 39%
Earl Pomeroy 47%
Jon Porter, Sr. 40%
Deborah Pryce 37%
George Radanovich 39%
James Ramstad 35%
Ralph Regula 30%
Denny Rehberg 45%
Richard Renzi 30%
Silvestre Reyes 50%
Thomas Reynolds 32%
Mike Ross 38%
Steve Rothman 47%
Jim Ryun 45%
Martin Olav Sabo 61%
Ken Salazar 60%
Rick Santorum 63%
Paul Sarbanes 35%
Jim Saxton 35%
Jean Schmidt 0%
John Schwarz 32%
John Shadegg 53%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 42%
Christopher Shays 30%
Donald Sherwood 35%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 37%
Ike Skelton 37%
Gordon Smith 72%
Olympia Snowe 70%
Vic Snyder 45%
Mike Sodrel 40%
Hilda Solis 58%
Mark Souder 47%
Arlen Specter 79%
John Spratt, Jr. 35%
Pete Stark 61%
Cliff Stearns 42%
Ted Stevens 70%
Ted Strickland 65%
Bart Stupak 42%
John Sullivan 40%
John Sununu 69%
John Sweeney 42%
James Talent 85%
Tom Tancredo 55%
John Tanner 55%
Ellen Tauscher 63%
Charles Taylor 40%
Gene Taylor 53%
Craig Thomas 90%
William Thomas 35%
Todd Tiahrt 32%
Ed Towns 50%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 53%
George Voinovich 80%
James Walsh 20%
Zach Wamp 35%
John Warner 70%
Diane Watson 61%
Mel Watt 60%
Anthony Weiner 60%
David Weldon 40%
W. Curtis Weldon 35%
Gerald Weller 47%
Robert Wexler 63%
Heather Wilson 38%
Lynn Woolsey 68%
David Wu 58%
Albert Wynn 50%
Bill Young 37%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 63%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 60%
GA U.S. House-12 John Barrow D 40%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 61%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 40%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 41%
NY U.S. House-1 Tim Bishop D 40%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 67%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 30%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 53%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 59%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 58%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 45%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 40%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 53%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 65%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 50%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 60%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 65%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 79%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 60%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 50%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 72%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 50%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 58%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 47%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 61%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 50%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 58%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 53%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 58%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 58%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 58%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 58%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 56%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 50%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 30%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 47%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 50%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 61%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 58%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 58%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 44%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 55%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 39%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 58%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 63%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 35%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 50%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 50%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 43%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 60%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 61%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 50%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 58%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 45%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 65%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 58%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 65%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 45%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 63%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 53%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 35%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 53%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 53%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 45%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 63%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 40%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 55%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 65%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 35%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 63%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 53%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 42%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 53%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 58%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 55%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 58%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 37%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 60%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 53%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 32%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 59%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 39%
ME U.S. House-2 Mike Michaud D 50%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 22%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 58%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 59%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 53%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 40%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 60%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 58%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 53%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 50%
NA President Barack Obama II D 45%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 55%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 50%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 58%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 58%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 60%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Pryor D 55%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 63%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 56%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 40%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 45%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 42%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 61%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 37%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 58%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 65%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 61%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 58%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 61%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 59%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 50%
PA U.S. House-13 Allyson Schwartz D 32%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 53%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 60%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 60%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 47%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 61%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 58%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 35%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 55%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 63%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 58%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 58%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 65%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 55%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 58%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 45%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 44%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 63%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 56%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 40%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 26%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 61%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 53%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 58%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar N/A 47%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 40%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 85%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 29%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 44%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 47%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 45%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 40%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 40%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 44%
LA U.S. House-3 Charles Boustany, Jr. R 42%
NH State Senate-3 Jeb Bradley R 32%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 50%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 75%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 37%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 85%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 35%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 33%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 37%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 44%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 45%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 70%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 26%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 79%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 80%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 40%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 85%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 42%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 68%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 80%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 42%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 45%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 47%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 40%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 75%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 40%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 60%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 80%
PA U.S. House-8 Mike Fitzpatrick R 35%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 78%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 45%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 40%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 45%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 45%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 26%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 58%
PA U.S. House-6 Jim Gerlach R 32%
GA U.S. House-11 Phil Gingrey R 45%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 42%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 45%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 80%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 39%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 70%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 75%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 42%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 39%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 80%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 50%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 65%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 75%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 42%
LA Governor Bobby Jindal R 45%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 33%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 58%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 17%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 45%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 44%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 15%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 50%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 30%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 35%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 45%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 40%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 84%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 37%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 75%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 50%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 42%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 47%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 44%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 35%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 47%
FL U.S. House-1 Jefferson Miller R 33%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 47%
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 75%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 30%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 45%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 39%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 65%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 42%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 45%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 42%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 55%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 45%
GA U.S. House-6 Tom Price R 45%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 45%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 35%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 72%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 37%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 31%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 42%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 63%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 40%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 53%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 50%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 47%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 65%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 41%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 85%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 42%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 42%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 45%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 30%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 42%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 40%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 45%
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 80%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 40%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 30%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 40%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 65%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 37%
GA U.S. House-3 Lynn Westmoreland R 38%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 35%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 39%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 40%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 21%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 39%

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