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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Library Association

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Bob Filner 56%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 56%
John Kerry 50%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 50%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 50%
John Sununu 50%
Thomas Allen 44%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 44%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 44%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 38%
Jeff Bingaman 38%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 38%
Blanche Lincoln 38%
Barack Obama II 38%
Ken Salazar 38%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 38%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 33%
Rick Boucher 33%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 33%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 33%
Vern Ehlers 33%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 33%
Jane Harman 33%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 33%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 33%
Mike Michaud 33%
Steve Rothman 33%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 33%
Max Baucus 25%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 25%
Hillary Clinton 25%
Norm Coleman 25%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 25%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 25%
Chris Dodd 25%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 25%
Russ Feingold 25%
Charles Hagel 25%
Tom Harkin 25%
Timothy Johnson 25%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 25%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 25%
Joe Lieberman 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%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 25%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 25%
Olympia Snowe 25%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 25%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 25%
Michael Arcuri 22%
Dan Burton 22%
Ben Chandler III 22%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 22%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 22%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 22%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 22%
Charlie Gonzalez 22%
Bart Gordon 22%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 22%
Phil Hare 22%
Maurice Hinchey 22%
Thomas Holden 22%
Rush Holt, Jr. 22%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 22%
Patrick Kennedy 22%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 22%
Dennis Kucinich 22%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 22%
Thaddeus McCotter 22%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 22%
George Miller 22%
Jim Moran, Jr. 22%
Ron Paul 22%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 22%
Nick Rahall II 22%
Mike Ross 22%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 22%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 22%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 22%
Pete Stark 22%
Todd Tiahrt 22%
Ed Towns 22%
Mark Udall 22%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 22%
Henry Waxman 22%
Robert Wexler 22%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 13%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 13%
Bob Bennett 13%
Joe Biden, Jr. 13%
Barbara Boxer 13%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 13%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 13%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 13%
Kent Conrad 13%
Larry Craig 13%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
Elizabeth Dole 13%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 13%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 13%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 13%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 13%
Herb Kohl 13%
Mary Landrieu 13%
Frank Lautenberg 13%
Carl Levin 13%
Barbara Mikulski 13%
Ben Nelson 13%
Mark Pryor 13%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 13%
William Sali 13%
Gordon Smith 13%
Arlen Specter 13%
Ted Stevens 13%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 13%
David Vitter 13%
Jim Webb, Jr. 13%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 13%
Neil Abercrombie 11%
Gary Ackerman 11%
Todd Akin 11%
Rob Andrews 11%
Brian Baird 11%
John Barrow 11%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 11%
Shelley Berkley 11%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 11%
Dan Boren 11%
Leonard Boswell 11%
Bruce Braley 11%
Corrine Brown 11%
Henry Brown, Jr. 11%
Lois Capps 11%
Christopher Carney 11%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 11%
Jerry Costello 11%
Barbara Cubin 11%
Artur Davis 11%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 11%
Bill Delahunt 11%
John Dingell 11%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 11%
John Doolittle 11%
Philip English 11%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 11%
Sam Farr 11%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 11%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 11%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 11%
Barney Frank 11%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 11%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 11%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 11%
Paul Hodes 11%
Mike Honda 11%
Darlene Hooley 11%
Steve Israel 11%
Tim Johnson 11%
Steve Kagen 11%
Paul Kanjorski 11%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 11%
John Kline 11%
John Kuhl, Jr. 11%
Ray LaHood 11%
Tom Latham 11%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 11%
Connie Mack IV 11%
Jim Marshall 11%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 11%
Jim McDermott 11%
John McHugh 11%
Mike McIntyre 11%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 11%
Michael McNulty 11%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 11%
Dennis Moore 11%
Jack Murtha 11%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 11%
John Olver 11%
Ed Pastor 11%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 11%
John Peterson 11%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 11%
Todd Platts 11%
George Radanovich 11%
Charlie Rangel 11%
Denny Rehberg 11%
Silvestre Reyes 11%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 11%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 11%

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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