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Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 31%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 33%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 23%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 23%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 83%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 85%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 85%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 25%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 77%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 92%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 15%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 46%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 85%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 33%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 50%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 23%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 82%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 15%
IL Board Member At-Large David Phelps 31%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 77%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 33%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 38%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 17%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 15%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 62%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 77%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 77%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 62%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 8%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 23%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 31%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 23%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 77%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 38%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 77%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 33%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 69%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 54%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 77%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 23%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 77%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 82%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 8%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 23%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 69%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 17%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 33%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 25%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 67%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 31%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 77%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 38%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 38%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 67%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 31%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 77%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 23%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 15%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 85%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 92%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 85%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 67%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 69%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 85%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 83%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 69%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 31%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 77%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 33%
Neil Abercrombie 85%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 17%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 67%
Wayne Allard 17%
Thomas Allen 85%
Rob Andrews 62%
Bill Archer 23%
Richard Armey 23%
John Ashcroft 17%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 33%
Brian Baird 69%
Richard Hugh Baker 15%
Cass Ballenger 23%
James Barcia 46%
Bob Barr, Jr. 31%
Bill Barrett 23%
Roscoe Bartlett 23%
Joe Barton 23%
Charlie Bass 38%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 23%
Max Baucus 67%
Evan Bayh 40%
Bob Bennett 17%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 77%
Douglas Bereuter 23%
Shelley Berkley 69%
Howard Berman 83%
Marion Berry 23%
Joe Biden, Jr. 50%
Judy Biggert 54%
Brian Bilbray 23%
Michael Bilirakis 23%
Jeff Bingaman 67%
Rod Blagojevich 69%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 15%
Sherwood Boehlert 62%
John Boehner 31%
Kit Bond 17%
Henry Bonilla 46%
David Edward Bonior 69%
Mary Bono Mack 38%
Robert Borski, Jr. 67%
Leonard Boswell 38%
Rick Boucher 69%
Barbara Boxer 67%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 38%
Bob Brady 85%
John Breaux 33%
Corrine Brown 77%
Sam Brownback 33%
Richard Bryan 67%
Ed Bryant 8%
Jim Bunning 33%
Conrad Burns 33%
Dan Burton 25%
Steve Buyer 23%
Robert Byrd 33%
Herbert Callahan 23%
Dave Camp 42%
Ben Campbell 50%
Thomas Campbell 69%
Chris Cannon 31%
Lois Capps 69%
Mike Capuano 85%
Julia Carson 83%
Mike Castle 54%
Lincoln Chafee 100%
Saxby Chambliss 8%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 45%
William Clay, Sr. 85%
Eva Clayton 85%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 67%
Robert Clement 23%
Howard Coble 38%
Thomas Coburn 31%
Thad Cochran 17%
Michael Collins 8%
Larry Combest 23%
Gary Condit 38%
Kent Conrad 33%
John Conyers, Jr. 85%
Merrill Cook 15%
John Cooksey 54%
Jerry Costello 25%
Paul Coverdell 33%
Christopher Cox 23%
William Coyne 85%
Larry Craig 50%
Robert Cramer 23%
Philip Crane 31%
Joe Crowley 62%
Barbara Cubin 15%
Randall Cunningham 15%
Patsy Ann Danner 31%

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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