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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Farmers Union

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 46%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 33%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 47%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 21%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 27%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 93%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 53%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 27%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 53%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 27%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 73%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 79%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 40%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 27%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 47%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 53%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 40%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 86%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 80%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 40%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 93%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 53%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 93%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 53%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 53%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 69%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 64%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 13%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 60%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 53%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 23%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 33%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 60%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 47%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 82%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 73%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 75%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 87%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 53%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 33%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 93%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 79%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 79%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 29%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 53%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 87%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 47%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 53%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 47%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 47%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 47%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 64%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 27%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 64%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 33%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 64%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 80%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 73%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 27%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 27%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 50%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 71%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 29%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 87%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 27%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 47%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 53%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 79%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 87%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 73%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 67%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 31%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 27%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 93%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 27%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 73%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 36%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 53%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 53%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 27%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 87%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 40%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 73%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 33%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 67%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 93%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 57%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 80%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 53%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 53%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 73%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 86%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 93%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 27%
Gary Ackerman 87%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 93%
Wayne Allard 33%
Rob Andrews 60%
Bill Archer 27%
Richard Armey 27%
John Ashcroft 27%
Henry Scott Baesler 93%
Richard Hugh Baker 40%
Cass Ballenger 47%
James Barcia 87%
Bob Barr, Jr. 27%
Bill Barrett 53%
Roscoe Bartlett 40%
Charlie Bass 27%
Herbert Bateman 43%
Max Baucus 87%
Bob Bennett 27%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 100%
Douglas Bereuter 33%
Howard Berman 67%
Brian Bilbray 27%
Michael Bilirakis 33%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 47%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
Kit Bond 27%
Henry Bonilla 53%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 73%
Rick Boucher 87%
John Breaux 73%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
Richard Bryan 67%
Ed Bryant 57%
Dale Bumpers 93%
Jim Bunning 53%
Conrad Burns 27%
Dan Burton 46%
Steve Buyer 33%
Robert Byrd 93%
Herbert Callahan 36%
Ben Campbell 29%
Thomas Campbell 27%
Mike Castle 40%
John Chafee 33%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 43%
Jon Lynn Christensen 33%
William Clay, Sr. 71%
Eva Clayton 93%
Robert Clement 80%
Michael Collins 33%
Larry Combest 53%
Gary Condit 80%
Kent Conrad 93%
Jerry Costello 93%
Paul Coverdell 27%
Christopher Cox 29%
William Coyne 67%
Larry Craig 27%
Robert Cramer 80%
Philip Crane 20%
Barbara Cubin 53%
Randall Cunningham 33%
Alfonse D'Amato 29%
Patsy Ann Danner 73%
Thomas Daschle 100%
Thomas Davis III 33%

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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