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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Republican Liberty Caucus

2009 Positions on Personal Liberties

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 8%
John Adler 14%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 55%
Todd Akin 88%
Rodney Alexander 74%
Jason Altmire 36%
Rob Andrews 14%
Michael Arcuri 29%
Steve Austria 65%
Joe Baca, Sr. 30%
Brian Baird 7%
J. Gresham Barrett 91%
Roscoe Bartlett 77%
Max Baucus 45%
Evan Bayh 40%
Melissa Bean 21%
Bob Bennett 50%
Shelley Berkley 23%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 24%
Judy Biggert 51%
Brian Bilbray 58%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
John Boccieri 29%
Kit Bond 59%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 76%
Mary Bono Mack 54%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 21%
Rick Boucher 16%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 36%
Bobby Bright 62%
Henry Brown, Jr. 69%
Ginny Brown-Waite 68%
Jim Bunning 42%
Roland Burris 55%
Dan Burton 85%
Steve Buyer 77%
Robert Byrd 55%
Joseph Cao 48%
Dennis Cardoza 30%
Russ Carnahan 7%
Christopher Carney 23%
Mike Castle 54%
Ben Chandler III 21%
Travis Childers 54%
Kent Conrad 47%
Jerry Costello 38%
Kathy Dahlkemper 30%
Artur Davis 29%
Geoff Davis 73%
Lincoln Davis 43%
Bill Delahunt 15%
James DeMint 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
Norm Dicks 14%
Chris Dodd 52%
Byron Dorgan 50%
David Dreier 81%
Steve Driehaus 36%
Chet Edwards 21%
Vern Ehlers 54%
Brad Ellsworth 36%
Jo Ann Emerson 62%
John Ensign 50%
Bob Etheridge 15%
Russ Feingold 50%
Bob Filner 21%
Barney Frank 30%
Elton Gallegly 65%
Gabrielle Giffords 29%
Charlie Gonzalez 15%
Bart Gordon 43%
Judd Gregg 58%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 50%
John Hall 15%
Debbie Halvorson 29%
Phil Hare 21%
Jane Harman 16%
Wally Herger, Jr. 88%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 30%
Baron Hill 40%
Maurice Hinchey 16%
Paul Hodes 21%
Pete Hoekstra 80%
Thomas Holden 23%
Kay Hutchison 47%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 88%
Daniel Inouye 55%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 15%
Tim Johnson 64%
Steve Kagen 23%
Paul Kanjorski 14%
Ted Kaufman 50%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 47%
Patrick Kennedy 10%
Dale Kildee 21%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 14%
Mary Jo Kilroy 23%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 47%
Larry Kissell 29%
Ron Klein 14%
Herb Kohl 45%
Suzanne Kosmas 29%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 21%
Dennis Kucinich 21%
Jon Kyl 45%
Steve LaTourette 54%
Frank Lautenberg 42%
Chris Lee 58%
Jerry Lewis 68%
Joe Lieberman 40%
Blanche Lincoln 55%
John Linder 80%
Dick Lugar 55%
Dan Lungren 77%
Connie Mack IV 77%
Don Manzullo 80%
Betsy Markey 29%
Jim Marshall 8%
Melquiades Martinez 66%
Eric Massa 29%
Thaddeus McCotter 58%
John McHugh 50%
Michael McMahon 14%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 14%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 36%
Brad Miller 7%
Walt Minnick 50%
Harry Mitchell 21%
Alan Mollohan 30%
Dennis Moore 14%
Patrick Murphy 14%
Scott Murphy 36%
Jack Murtha 30%
Sue Myrick 85%
Ben Nelson 45%
Glenn Nye III 14%
Jim Oberstar 21%
Dave Obey 29%
John Olver 23%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 21%
Ron Paul 100%
Donald Payne 15%
Tom Perriello 48%
Todd Platts 50%
Earl Pomeroy 29%
George Radanovich 81%
Denny Rehberg 65%
Silvestre Reyes 24%
Laura Richardson 23%
Ciro Rodriguez 29%
Mike Ross 36%
Steve Rothman 21%
Mark Schauer 14%
Jean Schmidt 72%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 15%
John Shadegg 91%
Heath Shuler 55%
Ike Skelton 21%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Vic Snyder 21%
Hilda Solis 0%
Mark Souder 76%
Zack Space 29%
Arlen Specter 45%
John Spratt, Jr. 14%
Pete Stark 31%
Cliff Stearns 69%
Bart Stupak 21%
John Sullivan 84%
Betty Sutton 23%
John Tanner 43%
Ellen Tauscher 10%
Gene Taylor 38%
Harry Teague 30%
Todd Tiahrt 80%
Ed Towns 24%
George Voinovich 63%
Zach Wamp 69%
Diane Watson 23%
Mel Watt 14%
Jim Webb, Jr. 50%
Anthony Weiner 15%
Robert Wexler 21%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 29%
Lynn Woolsey 14%
David Wu 15%
Bill Young 57%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 29%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 14%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 50%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 50%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 24%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 21%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 14%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 55%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 21%

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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