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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Library Association

2007 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 60%
Rick Boucher 50%
Bob Filner 50%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 50%
Barack Obama II 50%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 50%
John Sununu 50%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 40%
Vern Ehlers 40%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 40%
Mike Michaud 40%
Henry Waxman 40%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 38%
Jeff Bingaman 38%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 38%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 38%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 38%
Russ Feingold 38%
John Kerry 38%
Mary Landrieu 38%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 38%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 38%
Thomas Allen 30%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 30%
Dan Burton 30%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 30%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 30%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 30%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 30%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 30%
Charlie Gonzalez 30%
Bart Gordon 30%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 30%
Phil Hare 30%
Jane Harman 30%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 30%
Rush Holt, Jr. 30%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 30%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 30%
Thaddeus McCotter 30%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 30%
Ron Paul 30%
Todd Platts 30%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 30%
Nick Rahall II 30%
Steve Rothman 30%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 30%
Mark Udall 30%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 30%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 30%
Diane Watson 30%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 25%
Max Baucus 25%
Barbara Boxer 25%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 25%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 25%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 25%
Hillary Clinton 25%
Chris Dodd 25%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 25%
Charles Hagel 25%
Timothy Johnson 25%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 25%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 25%
Joe Lieberman 25%
Blanche Lincoln 25%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 25%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 25%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 25%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 25%
Jay Rockefeller IV 25%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 25%
Gordon Smith 25%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 25%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 25%
Neil Abercrombie 20%
Gary Ackerman 20%
Brian Baird 20%
John Barrow 20%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 20%
Shelley Berkley 20%
Dan Boren 20%
Leonard Boswell 20%
Bruce Braley 20%
Corrine Brown 20%
Lois Capps 20%
Ben Chandler III 20%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 20%
Bill Delahunt 20%
John Dingell 20%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 20%
Philip English 20%
Sam Farr 20%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 20%
Paul Hodes 20%
Thomas Holden 20%
Mike Honda 20%
Darlene Hooley 20%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 20%
Tim Johnson 20%
Patrick Kennedy 20%
Dennis Kucinich 20%
Tom Latham 20%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 20%
Jim Marshall 20%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 20%
John McHugh 20%
Mike McIntyre 20%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 20%
Michael McNulty 20%
Dennis Moore 20%
Jim Moran, Jr. 20%
Jack Murtha 20%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 20%
John Olver 20%
Ed Pastor 20%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 20%
John Peterson 20%
Denny Rehberg 20%
Mike Ross 20%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 20%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 20%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 20%
Zack Space 20%
Pete Stark 20%
Bart Stupak 20%
Betty Sutton 20%
Todd Tiahrt 20%
Ed Towns 20%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 20%
Mel Watt 20%
Robert Wexler 20%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 20%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 13%
Evan Bayh 13%
Joe Biden, Jr. 13%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 13%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 13%
Thomas Coburn 13%
Norm Coleman 13%
Larry Craig 13%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 13%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 13%
Tom Harkin 13%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 13%
Herb Kohl 13%
Jon Kyl 13%
Carl Levin 13%
Barbara Mikulski 13%
Ben Nelson 13%
Mark Pryor 13%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 13%
Ken Salazar 13%
Arlen Specter 13%
Ted Stevens 13%
David Vitter 13%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 13%
Todd Akin 10%
Rodney Alexander 10%
Jason Altmire 10%
Rob Andrews 10%
Michael Arcuri 10%
Joe Baca, Sr. 10%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
Melissa Bean 10%
Howard Berman 10%
Marion Berry 10%
Brian Bilbray 10%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 10%
Tim Bishop 10%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 10%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 10%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 10%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 10%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 10%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 10%
Nancy Boyda 10%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 10%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 10%
Paul Broun 10%
Ginny Brown-Waite 10%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 10%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 10%
Dave Camp 10%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 10%

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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