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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Farmers Union

1999-2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 58%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 64%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 64%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 11%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 82%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 92%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 60%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 60%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 83%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 64%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 67%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 58%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 50%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 91%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 55%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 92%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 75%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 42%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 50%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 58%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 50%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 60%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 92%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 92%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 83%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 75%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 58%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 58%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 92%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 42%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 67%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 44%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 67%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 64%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 83%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 92%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 91%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 83%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 50%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 63%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 67%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 58%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 67%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 25%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 92%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 50%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 64%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 50%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 75%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 83%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 67%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 58%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 67%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 92%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 67%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 67%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 75%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 83%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 83%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 58%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 82%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 92%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 92%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 89%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 92%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 67%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 83%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 50%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 83%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 67%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 75%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 67%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 92%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 92%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 42%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 75%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 91%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 27%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 60%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 64%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 58%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 83%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 80%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 91%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 42%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 92%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 36%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 58%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 42%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 58%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 78%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 58%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 92%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 58%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 83%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 50%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 83%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 58%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 42%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 83%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 50%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 50%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 33%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 50%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 73%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 73%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 83%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 58%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 57%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 58%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 83%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 67%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 91%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 55%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 75%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 92%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 92%
Gary Ackerman 75%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 92%
Wayne Allard 50%
Thomas Allen 83%
Rob Andrews 67%
Richard Armey 33%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
Brian Baird 67%
Richard Hugh Baker 45%
Cass Ballenger 45%
James Barcia 83%
Bob Barr, Jr. 55%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
Charlie Bass 58%
Max Baucus 100%
Evan Bayh 92%
Bob Bennett 58%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 83%
Douglas Bereuter 75%
Shelley Berkley 55%
Howard Berman 89%

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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