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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 43%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 20%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 7%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 6%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 6%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 13%
AZ U.S. House 2 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 80%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 94%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 88%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 81%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 13%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 88%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 94%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 81%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 87%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 81%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 81%
DC U.S. House Delegate Eleanor Norton Democratic 75%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 93%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 6%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 31%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 7%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 81%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 81%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 33%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 94%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 7%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 94%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 13%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 7%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 6%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 13%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 87%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 88%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 7%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 13%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 7%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 13%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 88%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 6%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 25%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 13%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 80%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 94%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 93%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 19%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 87%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 31%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 7%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 13%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 8%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 7%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 80%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 7%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 87%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 6%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 13%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 13%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 13%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 38%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 88%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 93%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 88%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 94%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 88%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 93%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 6%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 23 Tom Reed II Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 81%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
OH U.S. House 4 Jim Jordan Republican 13%
OH U.S. House 5 Bob Latta Republican 13%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 75%
OH U.S. House 10 Mike Turner Republican 13%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 81%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 7%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 6%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 6%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 93%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 93%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 19%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 88%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 75%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 87%
PA U.S. House 15 GT Thompson, Jr. Republican 13%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 81%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 93%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 93%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 81%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 7%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 13%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 7%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 7%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 6%
TN U.S. House 1 Phil Roe Republican 13%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 81%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 93%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 22 Pete Olson Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 14%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 69%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 94%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 15%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 6%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 94%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 88%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93%

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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