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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 21%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 12%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 35%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 12%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 19%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 69%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 87%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 6%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 50%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 94%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 17%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 19%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 69%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 69%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 8%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 13%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 22%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 47%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 62%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 56%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 56%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 12%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 38%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 80%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 6%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 64%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 12%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 62%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 62%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 25%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 69%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 6%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 13%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 67%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 17%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 24%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 12%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 42%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 75%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 81%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 50%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 75%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 12%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 81%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 81%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 59%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 59%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 19%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 69%
Neil Abercrombie 94%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 17%
Gary Ackerman 69%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 44%
Wayne Allard 12%
Rob Andrews 53%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 22%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 38%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 12%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
William Baker 17%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 19%
Joe Barton 6%
Charlie Bass 12%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 7%
Max Baucus 33%
Anthony Beilenson 92%
Bob Bennett 24%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 50%
Douglas Bereuter 6%
Howard Berman 77%
Tom Bevill 25%
Joe Biden, Jr. 39%
Brian Bilbray 12%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 44%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Peter Blute 17%
Sherwood Boehlert 27%
John Boehner 6%
Kit Bond 11%
Henry Bonilla 25%
David Edward Bonior 81%
Sonny Bono 0%
Robert Borski, Jr. 56%
Rick Boucher 71%
Barbara Boxer 59%
Bill Bradley 83%
John Breaux 17%
Corrine Brown 75%
George Brown, Jr. 88%
Hank Brown 8%
Sam Brownback 20%
Richard Bryan 35%
Ed Bryant 6%
John Bryant 83%
Dale Bumpers 50%
Jim Bunn 8%
Jim Bunning 12%
Conrad Burns 22%
Dan Burton 6%
Steve Buyer 6%
Robert Byrd 33%
Herbert Callahan 7%
Dave Camp 12%
Ben Campbell 18%
Thomas Campbell 25%
Mike Castle 12%
John Chafee 50%
Saxby Chambliss 0%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 20%
Jon Lynn Christensen 0%
Dick Chrysler 9%
William Clay, Sr. 92%
Eva Clayton 75%
Robert Clement 40%
Dan Coats 18%
Howard Coble 6%
Thomas Coburn 13%
Thad Cochran 11%
William Cohen 58%
Ronald Coleman 83%
Barbara-Rose Collins 90%
Cardiss Collins 92%
Michael Collins 12%
Larry Combest 6%
Gary Condit 33%
Kent Conrad 35%
John Conyers, Jr. 100%
Wes Cooley 8%
Jerry Costello 50%
Paul Coverdell 22%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 94%
Larry Craig 22%
Robert Cramer 19%
Philip Crane 12%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 8%
Barbara Cubin 12%
Randall Cunningham 6%
Alfonse D'Amato 17%
Patsy Ann Danner 31%
Thomas Daschle 44%
Thomas Davis III 12%
Nathan Deal 0%
Eligio de la Garza II 40%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Ronald Dellums 100%
Peter Deutsch 44%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 31%
Jay Dickey 7%
Norm Dicks 69%
John Dingell 69%
Julian Dixon 81%
Chris Dodd 39%
Robert Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 13%
Calvin Dooley 40%
John Doolittle 25%
Byron Dorgan 44%
Robert Dornan 8%
David Dreier 0%
John Duncan, Jr. 20%
Jennifer Dunn 0%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 25%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 0%
Bill Emerson 8%
Philip English 19%
John Ensign 40%
Lane Evans 94%
Terry Everett 6%
Thomas Ewing 12%

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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