Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2007-2008 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 29%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Donald Young R 38%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 21%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 18%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 18%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr John Boozman R 18%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 17%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 9%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raul Grijalva D 100%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 18%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 57%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 100%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 100%
CA U.S. House-9 Jerry McNerney D 91%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 80%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 100%
CA U.S. House-14 Jackie Speier D 100%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 82%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 100%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 100%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 18%
CA U.S. House-23 Kevin McCarthy R 18%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 91%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 91%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 100%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 100%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 9%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 100%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 18%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 100%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 36%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 18%
CA U.S. House-50 Duncan Hunter R 25%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 100%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CO U.S. House-5 Doug Lamborn R 18%
CO U.S. House-7 Ed Perlmutter D 82%
CT U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Murphy D 82%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 100%
CT U.S. House-2 Joe Courtney D 100%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 100%
DC U.S. House-Delegate Eleanor Norton D 100%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 29%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 43%
FL U.S. House-12 Gus Bilirakis R 18%
FL U.S. House-14 Kathy Castor D 90%
FL U.S. House-16 Vern Buchanan R 18%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 91%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 100%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 55%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 55%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 14%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 82%
GA U.S. House-4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 100%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 100%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 82%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 18%
HI U.S. Senate-Jr Mazie Hirono D 100%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 21%
IA U.S. House-2 Dave Loebsack D 100%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 18%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 21%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 20%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 86%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 100%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 82%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutiérrez D 91%
IL U.S. House-6 Peter Roskam R 18%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 100%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 100%
IL U.S. House-11 Bill Foster D 100%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 18%
IN U.S. Senate-Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. D 55%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 100%
IN U.S. House-7 André Carson D 100%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 14%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 36%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 8%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 14%
KY U.S. House-3 John Yarmuth D 91%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 18%
LA U.S. House-1 Steve Scalise R 25%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 100%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 100%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 100%
MA U.S. House-3 Niki Tsongas D 100%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 100%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 91%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Ben Cardin D 93%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 100%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 73%
MD U.S. House-3 John Sarbanes D 100%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 91%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 100%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 50%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 86%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 36%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 100%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 100%
MN U.S. Senate-Sr Amy Klobuchar D 79%
MN U.S. House-1 Tim Walz D 91%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum D 100%
MN U.S. House-5 Keith Ellison D 100%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson D 64%
MO U.S. Senate-Sr Claire McCaskill D 64%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 18%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 100%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 90%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 22%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 14%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 14%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 91%
MT U.S. Senate-Sr Jon Tester D 93%
NA Vice President Mike Pence R 18%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III R 23%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price R 9%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 14%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 91%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 33%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 100%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 18%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 18%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 18%
NE U.S. House-3 Adrian Smith R 18%
NH U.S. House-1 Carol Shea-Porter D 100%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 93%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 27%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 45%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 100%
NJ U.S. House-8 Albio Sires D 91%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 100%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 27%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 100%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Dean Heller R 18%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 86%
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 90%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 18%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 90%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 100%
NY U.S. House-9 Yvette Clarke D 100%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 100%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 91%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 100%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 86%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 91%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 100%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 82%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 93%
OH U.S. House-4 Jim Jordan R 18%
OH U.S. House-5 Bob Latta R 25%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 100%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 20%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 18%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 100%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 21%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 18%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 18%
OK Governor Mary Fallin R 18%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 93%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 30%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 100%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 100%
PA U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 71%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 100%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 18%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 100%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 36%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 18%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 93%
RI U.S. Senate-Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 79%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 82%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 20%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 18%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 91%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 14%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 23%
TN U.S. Senate-Jr Robert Corker R 14%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 18%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 73%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 20%
TN U.S. House-9 Steve Cohen D 100%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 14%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 10%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 9%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 22%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 9%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 18%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 18%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 18%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 91%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 18%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 18%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 18%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 18%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 100%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 20%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 20%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 18%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 64%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 82%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 100%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 20%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 18%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 100%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 21%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 18%
VA U.S. House-1 Rob Wittman R 25%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 100%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 18%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 93%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 93%
VT U.S. House-At-Large Peter Welch D 91%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 92%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 93%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 100%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 33%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 36%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 91%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 100%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 100%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 18%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 91%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 100%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 18%
WV U.S. Senate-Jr Shelley Capito R 18%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 21%
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 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%
Max Baucus 86%
Evan Bayh 57%
Melissa Bean 82%
Bob Bennett 14%
Shelley Berkley 82%
Howard Berman 91%
Marion Berry 82%
Joe Biden, Jr. 91%
Judy Biggert 27%
Brian Bilbray 18%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
Tim Bishop 91%
John Boehner 18%
Kit Bond 14%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 18%
Mary Bono Mack 27%
Dan Boren 45%
Leonard Boswell 82%
Rick Boucher 91%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 18%
Barbara Boxer 85%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 73%
Bruce Braley 100%
Paul Broun 0%
Corrine Brown 91%
Henry Brown, Jr. 18%
Ginny Brown-Waite 22%
Jim Bunning 23%
Dan Burton 18%
Steve Buyer 18%
Robert Byrd 86%
Dave Camp 18%
John Campbell III 9%
Eric Cantor 18%
Lois Capps 100%
Dennis Cardoza 91%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 55%
Mike Castle 55%
Saxby Chambliss 15%
Ben Chandler III 64%
Travis Childers 50%
Donna Christensen 100%
Hillary Clinton 75%
Howard Coble 20%
Thomas Coburn 21%
Norm Coleman 29%
Kent Conrad 64%
Jerry Costello 100%
Ander Crenshaw 22%
Artur Davis 73%
Geoff Davis 18%
Lincoln Davis 45%
Bill Delahunt 100%
James DeMint 15%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 55%
Norm Dicks 91%
John Dingell 100%
Chris Dodd 85%
Byron Dorgan 100%
David Dreier 18%
Donna Edwards 100%
Chet Edwards 73%
Vern Ehlers 30%
Brad Ellsworth 55%
Jo Ann Emerson 27%
John Ensign 14%
Bob Etheridge 82%
Sam Farr 100%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 100%
Russ Feingold 93%
Bob Filner 100%
Randy Forbes 18%
Barney Frank 100%
Elton Gallegly 18%
Scott Garrett 9%
Jim Gerlach 36%
Gabrielle Giffords 91%
Phil Gingrey 20%
Charlie Gonzalez 91%
Bart Gordon 64%
Judd Gregg 17%
Charles Hagel 31%
John Hall 100%
Ralph Hall 18%
Phil Hare 100%
Tom Harkin 92%
Jane Harman 91%
Doc Hastings 18%
Wally Herger, Jr. 18%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 73%
Baron Hill 91%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 88%
Paul Hodes 100%
Pete Hoekstra 18%
Thomas Holden 82%
Rush Holt, Jr. 100%
Mike Honda 100%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 45%
Daniel Inouye 43%
Steve Israel 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Tim Johnson 64%
Timothy Johnson 50%
Steve Kagen 100%
Paul Kanjorski 91%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 85%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
John Kerry 92%
Dale Kildee 91%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Jack Kingston 18%
Mark Kirk 45%
Ron Klein 18%
John Kline 18%
Herb Kohl 64%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
Jon Kyl 14%
Mary Landrieu 57%
Tom Latham 18%
Steve LaTourette 18%
Frank Lautenberg 93%
Carl Levin 86%
Jerry Lewis 18%
Joe Lieberman 36%
Blanche Lincoln 46%
John Linder 9%
Dick Lugar 31%
Dan Lungren 18%
Connie Mack IV 27%
Don Manzullo 27%
Jim Marshall 45%
Melquiades Martinez 14%
Jim Matheson 64%
Carolyn McCarthy 91%
Thaddeus McCotter 10%
Jim McDermott 100%
John McHugh 18%
Mike McIntyre 55%
Buck McKeon 18%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 64%
John Mica 20%
Mike Michaud 100%
Barbara Mikulski 50%
Candice Miller 27%
Gary Miller 18%
George Miller 100%
Jeff Miller 20%
Brad Miller 100%
Harry Mitchell 82%
Alan Mollohan 100%
Dennis Moore 91%
Jim Moran, Jr. 100%
Patrick Murphy 82%
Jack Murtha 91%
Sue Myrick 18%
Ben Nelson 50%
Randy Neugebauer 18%
Barack Obama II 80%
Jim Oberstar 100%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 78%
Ed Pastor 100%
Ron Paul 33%
Donald Payne 100%
Tom Petri 27%
Joe Pitts 18%
Todd Platts 27%
Earl Pomeroy 73%
Mark Pryor 50%
Adam Putnam 10%
George Radanovich 22%
Nick Rahall II 91%
Charlie Rangel 100%
Denny Rehberg 18%
Harry Reid 79%
Silvestre Reyes 82%
Laura Richardson 75%
Jay Rockefeller IV 57%
Ciro Rodriguez 73%
Mike Rogers 18%
Mike Ross 64%
Steve Rothman 100%
John Salazar 73%
Ken Salazar 64%
Loretta Sanchez 91%
Jean Schmidt 18%
Allyson Schwartz 100%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 91%
John Shadegg 18%
Heath Shuler 45%
Ike Skelton 90%
Olympia Snowe 57%
Vic Snyder 70%
Mark Souder 11%
Zack Space 64%
Arlen Specter 43%
John Spratt, Jr. 91%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 27%
Ted Stevens 21%
Bart Stupak 91%
John Sullivan 18%
John Sununu 43%
Betty Sutton 100%
John Tanner 60%
Ellen Tauscher 91%
Gene Taylor 64%
Lee Terry 18%
Todd Tiahrt 20%
John Tierney 100%
Ed Towns 100%
Mark Udall 89%
David Vitter 21%
George Voinovich 29%
Zach Wamp 27%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Henry Waxman 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 71%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Lynn Westmoreland 0%
Robert Wexler 100%
Ed Whitfield 18%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 82%
Frank Wolf 18%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
Bill Young 18%

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