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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Library Association

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 0%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 33%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 25%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 3 Mike Rogers Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 13%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 0%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 25%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 17%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 13%
AZ U.S. House 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 13%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 50%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 13%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 17%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 22 Devin Nunes Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 50 Duncan Hunter Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 13%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 17%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 17%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 13%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 25%
CO U.S. House 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 25%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 13%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 13%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 13%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 13%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 13%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 13%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 25%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 13%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 25%
FL U.S. House 8 Bill Posey Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 13%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 17 Tom Rooney Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 13%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 13%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 25%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 13%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 13%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 25%
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 38%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 25%
GA U.S. House 6 Tom Price Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 25%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 13%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 13%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 13%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 17%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 13%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 38%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 25%
IA U.S. House 4 Steve King Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 17%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 0%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 13%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 17%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 13%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 13%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 25%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 25%
IL U.S. House 18 Aaron Schock Republican 13%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 13%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 13%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 25%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 17%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 25%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 13%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 13%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 13%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 13%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 13%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 0%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 1 Steve Scalise Republican 13%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 13%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 13%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 25%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 13%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 13%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 25%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 13%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 17%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 17%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 13%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 13%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 13%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 13%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 13%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 25%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 17%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 38%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 38%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 17%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 17%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 13%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 13%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 13%
MI U.S. House 10 Candice Miller Republican 13%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 13%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 13%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 13%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN U.S. House 2 John Kline Republican 0%
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 13%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 0%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 13%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 13%
MO U.S. House 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 13%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 13%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 13%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 25%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 13%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 33%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 17%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 13%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 13%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 13%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 25%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 25%
NC U.S. House 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 13%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 0%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 25%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 0%
NE U.S. House 3 Adrian Smith Republican 13%

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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