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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Republican Liberty Caucus

2009 Positions on Personal Liberties

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 60%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 72%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 65%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 60%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 65%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 69%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 69%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 55%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 100%
AZ U.S. House 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 29%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 16%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 88%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 77%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 73%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 77%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 65%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 24%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 77%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 77%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 14%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 50%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 21%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 29%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 88%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 65%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 38%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 23%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 16%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 14%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 30%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 60%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 45%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 58%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 16%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 73%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 76%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 21%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 65%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 14%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 58%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 65%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 8%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 15%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 21%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 60%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 50%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam Republican 74%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 40%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 24%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 91%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 24%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 10%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 88%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 7%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 88%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 14%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 50%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 8%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 85%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 45%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 50%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 64%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 50%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 36%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 16%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 30%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 17%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 31%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 69%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 23%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 14%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 36%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 64%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 30%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 21%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 14%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 88%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 50%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 88%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 85%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 45%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 45%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 69%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 65%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 21%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 62%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 60%
LA U.S. Senate Jr Bill Cassidy Republican 64%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 81%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 68%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 62%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 21%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 29%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 15%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 14%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 16%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 23%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 50%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 14%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 14%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 14%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 14%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 7%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 15%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 55%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 21%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 54%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 15%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 54%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 15%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 85%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 58%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 15%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 43%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 50%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 68%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 14%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 73%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 7%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 74%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 50%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 50%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 7%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 76%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 45%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 50%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 45%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 15%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 65%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 14%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 92%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 88%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 58%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 84%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 45%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 54%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 92%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 23%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 15%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 23%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 50%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 50%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 14%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 23%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 50%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 68%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 14%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 50%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 35%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 54%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 23%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 23%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 21%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 14%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter 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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