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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Farmers Union

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 89%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 40%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 67%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 40%
Thomas Allen 78%
Rob Andrews 56%
Bill Archer 11%
Richard Armey 25%
John Ashcroft 40%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 44%
Richard Hugh Baker 56%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 89%
Cass Ballenger 56%
James Barcia 89%
Bob Barr, Jr. 22%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 67%
Bill Barrett 78%
Roscoe Bartlett 38%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 38%
Charlie Bass 22%
Herbert Bateman 57%
Max Baucus 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 50%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 78%
Douglas Bereuter 89%
Howard Berman 78%
Marion Berry 67%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Brian Bilbray 44%
Michael Bilirakis 56%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 78%
Rod Blagojevich 67%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 44%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 75%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 44%
Sherwood Boehlert 44%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 63%
Kit Bond 50%
Henry Bonilla 56%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 38%
Robert Borski, Jr. 67%
Leonard Boswell 89%
Rick Boucher 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 89%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 44%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 50%
John Breaux 80%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
George Brown, Jr. 89%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 56%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 50%
Richard Bryan 100%
Ed Bryant 56%
Jim Bunning 56%
Conrad Burns 80%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 57%
Dan Burton 50%
Steve Buyer 67%
Robert Byrd 90%
Herbert Callahan 50%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 56%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 56%
Ben Campbell 40%
Thomas Campbell 33%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 67%
Chris Cannon 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 78%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 78%
Julia Carson 89%
Mike Castle 44%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 11%
John Chafee 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 56%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 67%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
Robert Clement 89%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 75%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 33%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 50%
Michael Collins 11%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
Larry Combest 56%
Gary Condit 88%
Kent Conrad 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 89%
Merrill Cook 56%
John Cooksey 56%
Jerry Costello 88%
Paul Coverdell 30%
Christopher Cox 22%
William Coyne 67%
Larry Craig 50%
Robert Cramer 100%
Philip Crane 11%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 67%
Barbara Cubin 56%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 71%
Patsy Ann Danner 78%
Thomas Daschle 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 67%
James Davis 89%
Thomas Davis III 44%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 56%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 63%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 89%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 25%
Peter Deutsch 75%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 67%
Jay Dickey 33%
Norm Dicks 89%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 56%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 50%
Calvin Dooley 67%
John Doolittle 56%
Byron Dorgan 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 71%
David Dreier 56%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 44%
Jennifer Dunn 33%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 78%
Vern Ehlers 33%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 22%
Jo Ann Emerson 67%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
Philip English 33%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
Bob Etheridge 78%
Lane Evans 89%
Terry Everett 67%
Thomas Ewing 56%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 71%
Russ Feingold 60%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
Bob Filner 89%
Mark Foley 67%
Michael Patrick Forbes 63%
Harold Ford, Jr. 78%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 22%
Tillie Fowler 57%
Barney Frank 63%
Robert Franks 33%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 44%
William Frist 40%
Jonas Frost III 100%
Elton Gallegly 67%
John Ganske 56%
Sam Gejdenson 89%
George Gekas 44%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Jim Gibbons 44%
Wayne Gilchrest 67%
Paul Gillmor 33%
Benjamin Gilman 89%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 67%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 33%
William Goodling 44%
Bart Gordon 78%
Slade Gorton 40%
Porter Goss 14%
Daniel Graham 90%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 78%
William Phillip Gramm 40%
Rodney Grams 60%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 56%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
James Greenwood 33%
Judd Gregg 40%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 78%
Gilbert Gutknecht 56%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 56%
Tony Hall 67%
James Hansen 44%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 50%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 56%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 50%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 22%
Joel Hefley 13%

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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