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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Farmers Union

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Ronald Packard 86%
Mike Parker 86%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 86%
Edward Pease 86%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 86%
Richard Pombo 86%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 86%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 86%
Bob Riley 86%
Charles Robb 86%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 86%
Timothy Roemer 86%
Steve Rothman 86%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 86%
Jim Saxton 86%
Daniel Schaefer 86%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 86%
E.G. Shuster 86%
David Skaggs 86%
Nick Smith 86%
Robert Smith 86%
Olympia Snowe 86%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 86%
Charles Stenholm 86%
Bart Stupak 86%
Charles Taylor 86%
Karen Thurman 86%
James Walsh 86%
Mel Watt 86%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 86%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86%
Bill Young 86%
Cass Ballenger 83%
Jeff Bingaman 83%
John Breaux 83%
Bob Filner 83%
Wally Herger, Jr. 83%
Ernest Hollings 83%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 83%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 83%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 83%
Joseph McDade 83%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 83%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 83%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 83%
Esteban Edward Torres 83%
Thomas Allen 71%
Roscoe Bartlett 71%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 71%
Sherwood Boehlert 71%
Henry Bonilla 71%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 71%
Conrad Burns 71%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 71%
Steve Buyer 71%
Jon Lynn Christensen 71%
William Clay, Sr. 71%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 71%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 71%
Larry Combest 71%
Merrill Cook 71%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 71%
Alfonse D'Amato 71%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 71%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 71%
Bill Delahunt 71%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 71%
Calvin Dooley 71%
Vern Ehlers 71%
Philip English 71%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 71%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 71%
Russ Feingold 71%
George Gekas 71%
Paul Gillmor 71%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 71%
Bart Gordon 71%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 71%
Rodney Grams 71%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 71%
James Greenwood 71%
Gilbert Gutknecht 71%
James Hansen 71%
J. Dennis Hastert 71%
Kenny Hulshof 71%
Duncan Hunter 71%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 71%
Nancy Johnson 71%
Patrick Kennedy 71%
Jay Kim 71%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 71%
Steve LaTourette 71%
Frank Lautenberg 71%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 71%
Jerry Lewis 71%
Robert Livingston 71%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 71%
Dick Lugar 71%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 71%
Karen McCarthy 71%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 71%
Paul McHale 71%
John McHugh 71%
Scott McInnis 71%
Michael McNulty 71%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 71%
Frank Murkowski 71%
Sue Myrick 71%
Robert William Ney 71%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 71%
James Nussle 71%
Major Owens 71%
Michael Pappas 71%
Jack Quinn 71%
George Radanovich 71%
Ralph Regula 71%
James Rogan 71%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 71%
William Roth, Jr. 71%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 71%
Robert Schaffer 71%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 71%
Joseph Skeen 71%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 71%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 71%
Gordon Smith 71%
Linda Smith 71%
Arlen Specter 71%
Cliff Stearns 71%
Ted Strickland 71%
Bob Stump 71%
James Talent 71%
Ellen Tauscher 71%
Fred Thompson 71%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 71%
Strom Thurmond 71%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 71%
David Weldon 71%
Rick White 71%
Howard Berman 67%
Julia Carson 67%
Michael Patrick Forbes 67%
Elton Gallegly 67%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 67%
John LaFalce 67%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 67%
Pete Stark 67%
Sidney Yates 67%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 57%
John Ashcroft 57%
Bob Bennett 57%
Rod Blagojevich 57%
Kit Bond 57%
Robert Borski, Jr. 57%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 57%
Dan Burton 57%
Ben Campbell 57%
Chris Cannon 57%
Mike Castle 57%
Robert Clement 57%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 57%
Paul Coverdell 57%
William Coyne 57%
Larry Craig 57%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 57%
Thomas Davis III 57%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 57%
Peter Deutsch 57%
Jay Dickey 57%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 57%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 57%
David Dreier 57%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 57%
Harris Fawell 57%
Thomas Foglietta 57%
Jon David Fox 57%
Robert Franks 57%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 57%
William Frist 57%
Jim Gibbons 57%
Slade Gorton 57%
Porter Goss 57%
William Phillip Gramm 57%
Judd Gregg 57%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 57%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 57%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 57%
Joel Hefley 57%
Jesse Helms 57%
David Lee Hobson 57%
Stephen Horn 57%
Asa Hutchinson 57%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 57%
Paul Kanjorski 57%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 57%
Sue Kelly 57%

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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