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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

2001 Positions

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 92%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 17%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 0%
Wayne Allard 6%
George Allen 13%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Richard Armey 8%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 8%
Brian Baird 83%
Richard Hugh Baker 9%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 83%
Bob Barr, Jr. 9%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 17%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 17%
Max Baucus 81%
Evan Bayh 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 13%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 82%
Douglas Bereuter 17%
Shelley Berkley 92%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 92%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Judy Biggert 17%
Michael Bilirakis 25%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 91%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 17%
Sherwood Boehlert 33%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 8%
Kit Bond 19%
Henry Bonilla 8%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Mary Bono Mack 17%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 25%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Leonard Boswell 92%
Rick Boucher 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 82%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 8%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
John Breaux 75%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 8%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 19%
Ed Bryant 8%
Jim Bunning 13%
Conrad Burns 19%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 17%
Dan Burton 9%
Steve Buyer 18%
Robert Byrd 75%
Herbert Callahan 8%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 17%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 17%
Ben Campbell 40%
Chris Cannon 8%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 8%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Jean Carnahan 93%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 93%
Brad Carson 67%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 25%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 8%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 63%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 17%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 88%
Robert Clement 73%
Hillary Clinton 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 92%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 17%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 25%
Michael Collins 17%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
Larry Combest 17%
Gary Condit 75%
Kent Conrad 94%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
John Cooksey 8%
Jon Corzine 100%
Jerry Costello 100%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 13%
Robert Cramer 50%
Philip Crane 8%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 19%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 17%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 91%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 17%
Thomas Daschle 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 83%
Jo Ann Davis 17%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 83%
Thomas Davis III 17%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 9%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
Peter Deutsch 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 25%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 8%
Norm Dicks 82%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 94%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 21%
Calvin Dooley 50%
John Doolittle 17%
Byron Dorgan 94%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
David Dreier 8%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 25%
Jennifer Dunn 8%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 94%
John Edwards 100%
Chet Edwards 100%
Vern Ehlers 8%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 0%
Jo Ann Emerson 17%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 25%
John Ensign 19%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 20%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 92%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 8%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 94%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 94%
Michael Ferguson 33%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 38%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
Ernest Fletcher 8%
Mark Foley 25%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 13%
Harold Ford, Jr. 91%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 9%
Barney Frank 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 0%
William Frist 13%
Jonas Frost III 92%
Elton Gallegly 17%
John Ganske 42%
George Gekas 17%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Jim Gibbons 17%
Wayne Gilchrest 17%
Paul Gillmor 18%
Benjamin Gilman 42%
Charlie Gonzalez 78%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 25%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 17%
Bart Gordon 83%
Porter Goss 8%
Daniel Graham 94%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 17%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 13%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 17%
Mark Green 17%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
James Greenwood 8%
Judd Gregg 13%
Felix Grucci, Jr. 33%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 17%

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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