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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Farmers Union

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 57%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 43%
Thomas Allen 71%
Rob Andrews 25%
Bill Archer 14%
Richard Armey 29%
John Ashcroft 57%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 86%
Henry Scott Baesler 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 86%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
Cass Ballenger 83%
James Barcia 100%
Bob Barr, Jr. 29%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 43%
Bill Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 71%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 50%
Charlie Bass 43%
Herbert Bateman 86%
Max Baucus 86%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 86%
Bob Bennett 57%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 100%
Douglas Bereuter 100%
Howard Berman 67%
Marion Berry 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Brian Bilbray 43%
Michael Bilirakis 86%
Jeff Bingaman 83%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
Rod Blagojevich 57%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 86%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 71%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 86%
Sherwood Boehlert 71%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 50%
Kit Bond 57%
Henry Bonilla 71%
David Edward Bonior 86%
Robert Borski, Jr. 57%
Leonard Boswell 100%
Rick Boucher 86%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 71%
John Breaux 83%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 86%
George Brown, Jr. 86%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 43%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 57%
Richard Bryan 86%
Ed Bryant 100%
Dale Bumpers 100%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 71%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 71%
Dan Burton 57%
Steve Buyer 71%
Robert Byrd 86%
Herbert Callahan 43%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 86%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
Ben Campbell 57%
Thomas Campbell 43%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 100%
Chris Cannon 57%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 43%
Julia Carson 67%
Mike Castle 57%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 43%
John Chafee 86%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 86%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 86%
Jon Lynn Christensen 71%
William Clay, Sr. 71%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
Robert Clement 57%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 43%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 71%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 57%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 71%
Michael Collins 29%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 86%
Larry Combest 71%
Gary Condit 100%
Kent Conrad 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 43%
Merrill Cook 71%
John Cooksey 100%
Jerry Costello 100%
Paul Coverdell 57%
Christopher Cox 29%
William Coyne 57%
Larry Craig 57%
Robert Cramer 100%
Philip Crane 29%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 86%
Barbara Cubin 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 71%
Randall Cunningham 86%
Alfonse D'Amato 71%
Patsy Ann Danner 86%
Thomas Daschle 86%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 57%
James Davis 100%
Thomas Davis III 57%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 71%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 71%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 57%
Bill Delahunt 71%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 43%
Thomas DeLay 14%
Peter Deutsch 57%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 86%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 100%
Jay Dickey 57%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Julian Dixon 86%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 57%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 71%
Calvin Dooley 71%
John Doolittle 86%
Byron Dorgan 86%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 57%
David Dreier 57%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 43%
Jennifer Dunn 86%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 100%
Vern Ehlers 71%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 43%
Jo Ann Emerson 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 50%
Philip English 71%
John Ensign 50%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 43%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 57%
Bob Etheridge 100%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 100%
Thomas Ewing 100%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 71%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 71%
Harris Fawell 57%
Victor Fazio 86%
Russ Feingold 71%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 83%
Thomas Foglietta 57%
Mark Foley 100%
Michael Patrick Forbes 67%
Harold Ford, Jr. 86%
Wendell Ford 100%
Tillie Fowler 86%
Jon David Fox 57%
Barney Frank 43%
Robert Franks 57%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 57%
William Frist 57%
Jonas Frost III 100%
Elizabeth Furse 100%
Elton Gallegly 67%
John Ganske 86%
Sam Gejdenson 50%
George Gekas 71%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 86%
Jim Gibbons 57%
Wayne Gilchrest 86%
Paul Gillmor 71%
Benjamin Gilman 86%
John Glenn 100%
Henry Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 71%
William Goodling 43%
Bart Gordon 71%
Slade Gorton 57%
Porter Goss 57%
Daniel Graham 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 71%
William Phillip Gramm 57%
Rodney Grams 71%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 71%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
James Greenwood 71%
Judd Gregg 57%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 67%
Gilbert Gutknecht 71%

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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