Rating Group: Republican Liberty Caucus

2009 Positions on Personal Liberties

State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 60%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Donald Young R 72%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 65%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 69%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 65%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr John Boozman R 69%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raul Grijalva D 16%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 88%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 55%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 100%
CA Supervisor-1 Hilda Solis 0%
CA U.S. House-3 John Garamendi D 10%
CA U.S. House-4 Tom McClintock R 92%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 21%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 14%
CA U.S. House-9 Jerry McNerney D 21%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 0%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 14%
CA U.S. House-14 Jackie Speier D 21%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 21%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 14%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 8%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 77%
CA U.S. House-23 Kevin McCarthy R 73%
CA U.S. House-27 Judy Chu D 0%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 14%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 7%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 16%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 18%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 77%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 8%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 65%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 30%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 100%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 77%
CA U.S. House-50 Duncan Hunter R 77%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 14%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 50%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 8%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 21%
CO U.S. House-2 Jared Polis D 29%
CO U.S. House-5 Doug Lamborn R 88%
CO U.S. House-6 Michael Coffman R 65%
CO U.S. House-7 Ed Perlmutter D 38%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Michael Bennet D 50%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 16%
CT U.S. House-2 Joe Courtney D 14%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 15%
CT U.S. House-4 Jim Himes D 30%
CT U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Murphy D 23%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 60%
FL U.S. House-8 Bill Posey R 76%
FL U.S. House-12 Gus Bilirakis R 65%
FL U.S. House-14 Kathy Castor D 14%
FL U.S. House-16 Vern Buchanan R 58%
FL U.S. House-17 Tom Rooney R 65%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 8%
FL U.S. House-22 Ted Deutch D 15%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 21%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 60%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 50%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 45%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 24%
GA U.S. House-4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 24%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 10%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 7%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 40%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 88%
HI U.S. Senate-Jr Mazie Hirono D 14%
IA U.S. House-2 Dave Loebsack D 8%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 85%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 50%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 64%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 45%
ID U.S. Senate-Jr James Risch R 50%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 16%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 30%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutiérrez D 17%
IL U.S. House-5 Mike Quigley D 31%
IL U.S. House-6 Peter Roskam R 69%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 23%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 14%
IL U.S. House-11 Bill Foster D 36%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 64%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 50%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 21%
IN U.S. House-7 André Carson D 14%
IN U.S. Senate-Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. D 30%
KS U.S. House-2 Lynn Jenkins R 85%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 50%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 88%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 45%
KY U.S. House-2 Brett Guthrie R 65%
KY U.S. House-3 John Yarmuth D 21%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 62%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 45%
LA U.S. House-1 Steve Scalise R 81%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Cassidy R 64%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 29%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 15%
MA U.S. House-3 Niki Tsongas D 14%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 16%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 23%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 21%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 0%
MD U.S. House-3 John Sarbanes D 14%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 14%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 14%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Ben Cardin D 50%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 7%
ME U.S. House-1 Chellie Pingree D 15%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 50%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 54%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 15%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 15%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 55%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Gary Peters D 21%
MN U.S. House-1 Tim Walz D 29%
MN U.S. House-3 Erik Paulsen R 58%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum D 14%
MN U.S. House-5 Keith Ellison D 15%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson D 43%
MN U.S. Senate-Sr Amy Klobuchar D 45%
MN U.S. Senate-Jr Al Franken D 50%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 14%
MO U.S. House-3 Blaine Luetkemeyer R 73%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 7%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 74%
MO U.S. Senate-Sr Claire McCaskill D 50%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 68%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 7%
MS U.S. House-3 Gregg Harper R 76%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 50%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 50%
MT U.S. Senate-Sr Jon Tester D 45%
NA Vice President Mike Pence R 88%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price R 88%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III R 60%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 15%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 65%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 14%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 92%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 88%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 45%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 58%
NE U.S. House-3 Adrian Smith R 84%
NH U.S. House-1 Carol Shea-Porter D 14%
NH U.S. Senate-Sr Jeanne Shaheen D 50%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 50%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 54%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 23%
NJ U.S. House-7 Leonard Lance R 50%
NJ U.S. House-8 Albio Sires D 15%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 23%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 50%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 45%
NM U.S. House-3 Ben Lujan, Jr. D 23%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 50%
NM U.S. Senate-Jr Martin Heinrich D 14%
NV U.S. House-1 Dina Titus D 14%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Dean Heller R 68%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 54%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 7%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 8%
NY U.S. House-9 Yvette Clarke D 23%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 21%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 30%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 15%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 14%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 15%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 15%
NY U.S. House-20 Paul Tonko D 14%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 21%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 14%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 50%
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 35%
OH U.S. House-4 Jim Jordan R 85%
OH U.S. House-5 Bob Latta R 77%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 38%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 54%
OH U.S. House-11 Marcia Fudge D 15%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 62%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 29%
OH State House-59 John Boccieri D 29%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 52%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 72%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 69%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 47%
OK Governor Mary Fallin R 73%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 65%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 14%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 21%
OR U.S. House-5 Kurt Schrader D 29%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 45%
OR U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Merkley D 41%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 21%
PA U.S. House-5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. R 68%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 69%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 30%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 43%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 64%
PA U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 50%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 21%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 52%
RI U.S. Senate-Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 52%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 85%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 8%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 52%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 60%
TN U.S. House-1 Phil Roe R 65%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 80%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 30%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 84%
TN U.S. House-9 Steve Cohen D 23%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 52%
TN U.S. Senate-Jr Robert Corker R 63%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 83%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 77%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 81%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 92%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 73%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 81%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 80%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 14%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 69%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 85%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 76%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 85%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 8%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 77%
TX U.S. House-22 Pete Olson R 80%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 88%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 79%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 21%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 14%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 8%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 88%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 85%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 43%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 50%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 79%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 45%
VA U.S. House-1 Rob Wittman R 62%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 21%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 81%
VA U.S. House-11 Gerry Connolly D 14%
VA U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Warner D 50%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 55%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 50%
VT U.S. House-At-Large Peter Welch D 14%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 14%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 65%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 43%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 21%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 55%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 55%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 15%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 85%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 29%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 14%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 85%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 14%
WV U.S. Senate-Jr Shelley Capito R 58%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 45%
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 50%
Neil Abercrombie 29%
Gary Ackerman 8%
John Adler 14%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 55%
Todd Akin 88%
Rodney Alexander 74%
Jason Altmire 36%
Rob Andrews 14%
Michael Arcuri 29%
Steve Austria 65%
Joe Baca, Sr. 30%
Michele Bachmann 86%
Spencer Bachus 69%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 47%
Brian Baird 7%
J. Gresham Barrett 91%
John Barrow 21%
Roscoe Bartlett 77%
Max Baucus 45%
Evan Bayh 40%
Melissa Bean 21%
Mark Begich 50%
Bob Bennett 50%
Shelley Berkley 23%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 24%
Judy Biggert 51%
Brian Bilbray 58%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
Tim Bishop 21%
John Boehner 80%
Kit Bond 59%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 76%
Mary Bono Mack 54%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 21%
Rick Boucher 16%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 68%
Barbara Boxer 55%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 36%
Bruce Braley 15%
Bobby Bright 62%
Paul Broun 91%
Corrine Brown 16%
Henry Brown, Jr. 69%
Ginny Brown-Waite 68%
Jim Bunning 42%
Roland Burris 55%
Dan Burton 85%
Steve Buyer 77%
Robert Byrd 55%
Dave Camp 62%
John Campbell III 87%
Eric Cantor 88%
Joseph Cao 48%
Lois Capps 14%
Dennis Cardoza 30%
Russ Carnahan 7%
Christopher Carney 23%
Mike Castle 54%
Jason Chaffetz 81%
Saxby Chambliss 40%
Ben Chandler III 21%
Travis Childers 54%
Howard Coble 91%
Thomas Coburn 45%
Kent Conrad 47%
Jerry Costello 38%
Ander Crenshaw 58%
Kathy Dahlkemper 30%
Artur Davis 29%
Geoff Davis 73%
Lincoln Davis 43%
Bill Delahunt 15%
James DeMint 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
Norm Dicks 14%
John Dingell 7%
Chris Dodd 52%
Byron Dorgan 50%
David Dreier 81%
Steve Driehaus 36%
Donna Edwards 14%
Chet Edwards 21%
Vern Ehlers 54%
Brad Ellsworth 36%
Jo Ann Emerson 62%
John Ensign 50%
Bob Etheridge 15%
Sam Farr 21%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 14%
Russ Feingold 50%
Bob Filner 21%
John Fleming, Jr. 62%
Randy Forbes 73%
Barney Frank 30%
Elton Gallegly 65%
Scott Garrett 92%
Jim Gerlach 50%
Gabrielle Giffords 29%
Phil Gingrey 76%
Charlie Gonzalez 15%
Bart Gordon 43%
Alan Grayson 21%
Judd Gregg 58%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 50%
Kay Hagan 55%
John Hall 15%
Ralph Hall 69%
Debbie Halvorson 29%
Phil Hare 21%
Tom Harkin 55%
Jane Harman 16%
Doc Hastings 80%
Wally Herger, Jr. 88%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 30%
Baron Hill 40%
Maurice Hinchey 16%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 30%
Paul Hodes 21%
Pete Hoekstra 80%
Thomas Holden 23%
Rush Holt, Jr. 21%
Mike Honda 14%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 88%
Daniel Inouye 55%
Steve Israel 23%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 15%
Mike Johanns 44%
Timothy Johnson 55%
Tim Johnson 64%
Steve Kagen 23%
Paul Kanjorski 14%
Ted Kaufman 50%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 47%
Patrick Kennedy 10%
John Kerry 50%
Dale Kildee 21%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 14%
Mary Jo Kilroy 23%
Jack Kingston 80%
Mark Kirk 36%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 47%
Ann Kirkpatrick 29%
Larry Kissell 29%
Ron Klein 14%
John Kline 85%
Herb Kohl 45%
Suzanne Kosmas 29%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 21%
Dennis Kucinich 21%
Jon Kyl 45%
Mary Landrieu 50%
Tom Latham 62%
Steve LaTourette 54%
Frank Lautenberg 42%
Chris Lee 58%
Carl Levin 55%
Jerry Lewis 68%
Joe Lieberman 40%
Blanche Lincoln 55%
John Linder 80%
Dick Lugar 55%
Cynthia Lummis 92%
Dan Lungren 77%
Connie Mack IV 77%
Dan Maffei 23%
Don Manzullo 80%
Betsy Markey 29%
Jim Marshall 8%
Melquiades Martinez 66%
Eric Massa 29%
Jim Matheson 36%
Carolyn McCarthy 16%
Thaddeus McCotter 58%
Jim McDermott 23%
John McHugh 50%
Mike McIntyre 36%
Buck McKeon 69%
Michael McMahon 14%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 14%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 36%
John Mica 73%
Mike Michaud 30%
Barbara Mikulski 50%
Candice Miller 54%
Gary Miller 74%
George Miller 15%
Jeff Miller 88%
Brad Miller 7%
Walt Minnick 50%
Harry Mitchell 21%
Alan Mollohan 30%
Dennis Moore 14%
Jim Moran, Jr. 15%
Patrick Murphy 14%
Scott Murphy 36%
Jack Murtha 30%
Sue Myrick 85%
Ben Nelson 45%
Randy Neugebauer 88%
Glenn Nye III 14%
Jim Oberstar 21%
Dave Obey 29%
John Olver 23%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 21%
Bill Owens 50%
Ed Pastor 14%
Ron Paul 100%
Donald Payne 15%
Tom Perriello 48%
Tom Petri 69%
Joe Pitts 85%
Todd Platts 50%
Earl Pomeroy 29%
Mark Pryor 60%
Adam Putnam 74%
George Radanovich 81%
Nick Rahall II 14%
Charlie Rangel 14%
Denny Rehberg 65%
Harry Reid 50%
Silvestre Reyes 24%
Laura Richardson 23%
Jay Rockefeller IV 41%
Ciro Rodriguez 29%
Mike Rogers 57%
Mike Ross 36%
Steve Rothman 21%
John Salazar 38%
Loretta Sanchez 24%
Mark Schauer 14%
Jean Schmidt 72%
Aaron Schock 51%
Allyson Schwartz 14%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 15%
John Shadegg 91%
Heath Shuler 55%
Ike Skelton 21%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Vic Snyder 21%
Mark Souder 76%
Zack Space 29%
Arlen Specter 45%
John Spratt, Jr. 14%
Pete Stark 31%
Cliff Stearns 69%
Bart Stupak 21%
John Sullivan 84%
Betty Sutton 23%
John Tanner 43%
Ellen Tauscher 10%
Gene Taylor 38%
Harry Teague 30%
Lee Terry 65%
Todd Tiahrt 80%
John Tierney 21%
Ed Towns 24%
Mark Udall 45%
David Vitter 60%
George Voinovich 63%
Zach Wamp 69%
Diane Watson 23%
Mel Watt 14%
Henry Waxman 21%
Jim Webb, Jr. 50%
Anthony Weiner 15%
Lynn Westmoreland 91%
Robert Wexler 21%
Ed Whitfield 69%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 29%
Frank Wolf 58%
Lynn Woolsey 14%
David Wu 15%
Bill Young 57%

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