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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2007-2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 29%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 38%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 21%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 18%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 18%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 18%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 18%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 82%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
DC U.S. House Delegate Eleanor Norton Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 29%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 18%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 55%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 14%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 82%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 82%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 18%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 21%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 20%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 82%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 18%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 14%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 36%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 14%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 91%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 18%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 25%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 91%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 73%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 86%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 36%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 79%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 64%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 18%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 90%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 22%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 14%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 91%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 93%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 18%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 14%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 91%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 18%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 18%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 18%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 18%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 45%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 86%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 18%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 82%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 18%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 25%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 20%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 100%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 21%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 18%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 18%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 93%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 30%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 71%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 93%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 79%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 82%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 20%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 18%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 91%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 14%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 23%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 20%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 73%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 91%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 18%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 64%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 18%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 25%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 91%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 92%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 93%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy Rodgers Republican 33%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 91%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 91%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 18%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 18%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 21%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 17%
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Gary Ackerman 91%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 93%
Todd Akin 18%
Rodney Alexander 18%
Jason Altmire 64%
Rob Andrews 100%
Michael Arcuri 73%
Joe Baca, Sr. 91%
Michele Bachmann 18%
Spencer Bachus 18%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 14%
Brian Baird 90%
J. Gresham Barrett 18%
John Barrow 64%
Roscoe Bartlett 45%
Joe Barton 18%
Max Baucus 86%
Evan Bayh 57%

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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