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2012 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions of 112th Congress 60% 2012 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 55% 2012 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40% 2012 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 55% 2011-2012 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 75 2011-2012 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions (House) 25% 2011-2012 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 65% 2011-2012 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 54% 2011-2012 National Retail Federation - Positions: International Trade 0% 2011-2012 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 76% 2011-2012 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 60% 2011-2012 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 37% 2011 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions (House Only) 100% 2011 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 54% 2011 National Retail Federation - Positions 28% 2011 National Small Business Association - Positions 100% 2011 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 58% 2011 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 40% 2011 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 53% 2010 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 100% 2010 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 88% 2009-2010 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 100% 2009-2010 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 100% 2009-2010 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions 75% 2009-2010 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 53% 2009-2010 National Association for the Self-Employed - U.S. House Score 100% 2009-2010 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 72% 2009-2010 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100% 2009-2010 National Retail Federation - Positions 50% 2009-2010 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 100% 2009-2010 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 32% 2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 5% 2009 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 60% 2009 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 60% 2008 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 0% 2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 61% 2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 54% 2007-2008 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 67% 2007-2008 American Forest and Paper Association - Forest Products Advocacy Score 33% 2007-2008 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 0% 2007-2008 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 62% 2007-2008 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 0% 2007-2008 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 20% 2007-2008 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 56 2007-2008 National Restaurant Association - Positions on Restaurant Advocacy 20 2007-2008 National Retail Federation - Positions Retail Industry Advocacy 0% 2007-2008 National Small Business Association - Positions 69% 2007-2008 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 70% 2007-2008 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 70% 2007 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 7% 2007 TechAmerica - Positions 75% 2007 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 0% 2007 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 45% 2006 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 50% 2006 Consumer Action - Positions 0% 2006 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 47% 2006 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 45% 2006 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 53% 2006 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 45% 2005-2006 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 66% 2005-2006 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 50% 2005-2006 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 40% 2005-2006 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 50% 2005-2006 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 31% 2005-2006 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 36% 2005-2006 National Restaurant Association - Positions 30% 2005-2006 National Retail Federation - Positions 38% 2005-2006 National Small Business Association - Positions 47% 2005-2006 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 27% 2005-2006 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions on Population Stabilization 47% 2005 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 53% 2005 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 53% 2005 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 50% 2005 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 46% 2005 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 63% 2004 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 100% 2004 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 37% 2004 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 40% 2004 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 62% 2004 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 67% 2004 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 62% 2003-2004 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 50% 2003-2004 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 20% 2003-2004 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 33% 2003-2004 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 25% 2003-2004 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 29% 2003-2004 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 36% 2003-2004 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 38% 2003-2004 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 25% 2003-2004 National Restaurant Association - Positions 42% 2003-2004 National Retail Federation - Positions 23% 2003-2004 National Small Business Association - Positions 36% 2003-2004 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 40% 2003-2004 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 54% 2003-2004 United States Business and Industry Council - Positions 93% 2003 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 20% 2003 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 25% 2003 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 27% 2003 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 0% 2003 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 14% 2003 National Retail Federation - Positions 23% 2003 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 33% 2003 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40% 2003 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 67% 2002 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 0% 2002 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 60% 2002 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 60% 2001-2002 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 38% 2001-2002 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 27% 2001-2002 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 27% 2001-2002 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 42% 2001-2002 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 24% 2001-2002 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 35% 2001-2002 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 14% 2001-2002 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 0% 2001-2002 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 55% 2001-2002 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 13% 2001 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 11% 2001 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 0% 2001 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 17% 2001 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 41% 2001 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 45% 2000 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 14% 2000 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 29% 2000 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 78% 2000 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 20% 2000 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 50% 1999-2006 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 38% 1999-2004 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 20% 1999-2000 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 31% 1999-2000 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 67% 1999-2000 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 45% 1999 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 33% 1999 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 30% 1999 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 42% 1999 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 58% 1999 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 42% 1998 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 27% 1998 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 60% 1998 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 15% 1998 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 56% 1997-1998 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 38% 1997-1998 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 53% 1997-1998 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 42% 1997 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 40% 1997 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 26% 1997 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 67% 1997 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 40% 1997 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 36% 1997 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 70% 1996 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 14% 1996 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 69% 1996 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 63% 1995-1996 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 36% 1995-1996 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 57% 1995-1996 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 46% 1995-1996 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 37% 1995 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 42%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

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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.

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