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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 29%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 29%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 21%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 21%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 14%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 85%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 86%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 86%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 23%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 79%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 92%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 14%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 86%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 29%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 43%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 21%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 14%
IL Board Member At-Large David Phelps 29%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 71%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 29%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 36%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 29%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 14%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 57%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 79%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 86%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 64%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 7%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 21%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 29%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 21%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 79%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 36%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 86%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 79%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 31%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 50%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 79%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 21%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 79%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 8%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 21%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 64%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 14%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 29%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 23%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 71%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 29%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 79%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 86%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 36%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 36%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 71%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 29%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 36%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 86%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 57%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 86%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 71%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 71%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 86%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 85%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 64%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 29%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 71%
Neil Abercrombie 86%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 14%
Gary Ackerman 86%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 71%
Wayne Allard 14%
Thomas Allen 86%
Rob Andrews 64%
Bill Archer 21%
Richard Armey 21%
John Ashcroft 14%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Brian Baird 71%
Richard Hugh Baker 14%
Joseph Baldacci 79%
Cass Ballenger 21%
James Barcia 43%
Bob Barr, Jr. 29%
Bill Barrett 21%
Roscoe Bartlett 21%
Joe Barton 21%
Charlie Bass 36%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 21%
Max Baucus 57%
Evan Bayh 33%
Bob Bennett 29%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 79%
Douglas Bereuter 21%
Shelley Berkley 71%
Howard Berman 85%
Marion Berry 21%
Joe Biden, Jr. 57%
Judy Biggert 50%
Brian Bilbray 21%
Michael Bilirakis 21%
Jeff Bingaman 71%
Rod Blagojevich 71%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 14%
Sherwood Boehlert 64%
John Boehner 29%
Kit Bond 14%
Henry Bonilla 43%
David Edward Bonior 64%
Mary Bono Mack 36%
Robert Borski, Jr. 62%
Leonard Boswell 36%
Rick Boucher 71%
Barbara Boxer 71%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 36%
Bob Brady 86%
John Breaux 29%
Corrine Brown 79%
Sam Brownback 29%
Richard Bryan 71%
Ed Bryant 7%
Jim Bunning 29%
Conrad Burns 29%
Dan Burton 23%
Steve Buyer 21%
Robert Byrd 43%
Herbert Callahan 21%
Dave Camp 38%
Ben Campbell 43%
Thomas Campbell 69%
Chris Cannon 29%
Lois Capps 71%
Mike Capuano 86%
Julia Carson 85%
Mike Castle 50%
Lincoln Chafee 100%
Saxby Chambliss 7%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 42%
William Clay, Sr. 86%
Eva Clayton 86%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 57%
Robert Clement 21%
Howard Coble 36%
Thomas Coburn 29%
Thad Cochran 14%
Michael Collins 7%
Larry Combest 21%
Gary Condit 36%
Kent Conrad 43%
John Conyers, Jr. 86%
Merrill Cook 15%
John Cooksey 50%
Jerry Costello 23%
Christopher Cox 21%
William Coyne 86%
Larry Craig 43%
Robert Cramer 21%
Philip Crane 31%
Joe Crowley 57%
Barbara Cubin 14%
Elijah Cummings 86%
Randall Cunningham 14%
Patsy Ann Danner 29%
Thomas Daschle 57%
James Davis 50%
Thomas Davis III 29%
Nathan Deal 14%

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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