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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Republican Liberty Caucus

2005 Positions on Personal Liberties

State Office District Name Party Rating
Craig Thomas 90%
Bob Bennett 89%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 85%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 85%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 85%
James DeMint 85%
John Ensign 85%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 85%
James Talent 85%
Trent Lott, Sr. 84%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 84%
Ron Paul 83%
Kit Bond 80%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 80%
Larry Craig 80%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 80%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 80%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 80%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 80%
Jon Kyl 80%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 80%
George Voinovich 80%
Jim Bunning 79%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 79%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 79%
Arlen Specter 79%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 78%
George Allen 75%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 75%
Conrad Burns 75%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 75%
Judd Gregg 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 75%
Kay Hutchison 75%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 75%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 75%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 75%
Ben Nelson 75%
Wayne Allard 74%
Norm Coleman 74%
Dick Lugar 74%
Melquiades Martinez 74%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 72%
Dave Obey 72%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 72%
Gordon Smith 72%
Maurice Hinchey 71%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 70%
Elizabeth Dole 70%
William Frist 70%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 70%
Olympia Snowe 70%
Ted Stevens 70%
John Warner 70%
John Sununu 69%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 68%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 68%
Lynn Woolsey 68%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 67%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 67%
Roscoe Bartlett 65%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 65%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 65%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 65%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 65%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 65%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 65%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 65%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 65%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 65%
Ted Strickland 65%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 65%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 65%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 63%
Julia Carson 63%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 63%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 63%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 63%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 63%
Rick Santorum 63%
Ellen Tauscher 63%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 63%
Robert Wexler 63%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 61%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 61%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 61%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 61%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 61%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 61%
Jim Oberstar 61%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 61%
Martin Olav Sabo 61%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 61%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 61%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 61%
Pete Stark 61%
Diane Watson 61%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 60%
Max Baucus 60%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 60%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 60%
Kent Conrad 60%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 60%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 60%
Herb Kohl 60%
Blanche Lincoln 60%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 60%
John Olver 60%
Donald Payne 60%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 60%
Ken Salazar 60%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 60%
Mel Watt 60%
Anthony Weiner 60%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 59%
Bill Delahunt 59%
Tom Feeney 59%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 59%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 59%
Howard Berman 58%
Rick Boucher 58%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 58%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 58%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 58%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 58%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 58%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 58%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 58%
Lane Evans 58%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 58%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 58%
Bob Filner 58%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 58%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 58%
Gilbert Gutknecht 58%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 58%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 58%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 58%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 58%
Dennis Kucinich 58%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 58%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 58%
Martin Meehan 58%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 58%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 58%
Major Owens 58%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 58%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 58%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 58%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 58%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 58%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 58%
Hilda Solis 58%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 58%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 58%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 58%
David Wu 58%
Gary Ackerman 56%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 56%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 56%
Brian Baird 55%
Vern Ehlers 55%
Barney Frank 55%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 55%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 55%
Patrick Kennedy 55%
Dale Kildee 55%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 55%
Don Manzullo 55%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 55%
Michael McNulty 55%
Jack Murtha 55%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 55%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 55%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 55%
Tom Tancredo 55%
John Tanner 55%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 55%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 55%
Thomas Allen 53%
Rob Andrews 53%
Joe Baca, Sr. 53%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 53%
Charlie Gonzalez 53%
Wally Herger, Jr. 53%
Darlene Hooley 53%
John Nathan Hostettler 53%
William Jefferson 53%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 53%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 53%

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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