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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Farmers Union

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 44%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 22%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 50%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 56%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 60%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 67%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 40%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 56%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 50%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 90%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 78%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 44%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 50%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 56%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 57%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 88%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 67%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 56%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 22%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 10%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 33%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 90%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 78%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 78%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 50%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 80%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 78%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 90%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 50%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 67%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 67%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 44%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 13%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 56%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 13%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 56%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 22%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 89%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 67%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 38%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 33%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 78%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 67%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 78%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 67%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 56%
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 78%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 89%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 56%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 44%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 89%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 78%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 67%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 89%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 75%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 44%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 44%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 78%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 56%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 44%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 63%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 56%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 11%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 63%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 56%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 75%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 63%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 71%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 71%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 38%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 22%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 44%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 44%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 44%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 56%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 89%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 33%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 50%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 44%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 56%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 89%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 88%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 11%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 33%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 78%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 56%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 89%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 50%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 22%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 67%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 50%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 67%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 67%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 89%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 40%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 40%
Thomas Allen 78%
Rob Andrews 56%
Bill Archer 11%
Richard Armey 25%
John Ashcroft 40%
Richard Hugh Baker 56%
Cass Ballenger 56%
James Barcia 89%
Bob Barr, Jr. 22%
Bill Barrett 78%
Roscoe Bartlett 38%
Charlie Bass 22%
Herbert Bateman 57%
Max Baucus 100%
Bob Bennett 50%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 78%
Douglas Bereuter 89%
Howard Berman 78%
Marion Berry 67%
Brian Bilbray 44%
Michael Bilirakis 56%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Rod Blagojevich 67%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 44%
Sherwood Boehlert 44%
Kit Bond 50%
Henry Bonilla 56%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 38%
Robert Borski, Jr. 67%
Leonard Boswell 89%
Rick Boucher 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 89%
John Breaux 80%

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.

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