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Special Interest Groups

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

2003 Positions

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 29%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
Rodney Alexander 87%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 0%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 13%
Brian Baird 93%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 87%
Cass Ballenger 7%
J. Gresham Barrett 20%
Roscoe Bartlett 20%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 7%
Charlie Bass 7%
Max Baucus 62%
Evan Bayh 85%
Bob Beauprez 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 87%
Chris Bell 93%
Bob Bennett 0%
Douglas Bereuter 13%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 87%
Marion Berry 93%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Judy Biggert 13%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 85%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 87%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
Sherwood Boehlert 47%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 7%
Kit Bond 8%
Henry Bonilla 7%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 7%
Mary Bono Mack 7%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 7%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 93%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 71%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
John Breaux 62%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 7%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 7%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 7%
Conrad Burns 0%
Max Burns 7%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 27%
Dan Burton 13%
Steve Buyer 7%
Robert Byrd 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 7%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 7%
Ben Campbell 23%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 85%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 87%
Dennis Cardoza 93%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 77%
Brad Carson 73%
Julia Carson 93%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
Edward Case 86%
Mike Castle 20%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 7%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 31%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 15%
Chris Chocola 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 85%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 13%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 7%
Norm Coleman 0%
Michael Collins 7%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 0%
Kent Conrad 77%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 87%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
Jon Corzine 100%
Jerry Costello 93%
Christopher Cox 0%
Larry Craig 15%
Robert Cramer 58%
Philip Crane 7%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 15%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 7%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 80%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 7%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 7%
Thomas Daschle 85%
Artur Davis 87%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 87%
Jo Ann Davis 27%
Lincoln Davis 79%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 87%
Thomas Davis III 15%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 20%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 86%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 93%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 7%
Peter Deutsch 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 13%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 7%
Norm Dicks 87%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 93%
Elizabeth Dole 8%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 64%
John Doolittle 7%
Byron Dorgan 92%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
David Dreier 7%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 13%
Jennifer Dunn 13%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 85%
John Edwards 100%
Chet Edwards 80%
Vern Ehlers 7%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 87%
Jo Ann Emerson 31%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 21%
John Ensign 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 85%
Bob Etheridge 87%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 13%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Tom Feeney 8%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 92%
Michael Ferguson 20%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 13%
Mark Foley 13%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 7%
Harold Ford, Jr. 86%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 20%
Barney Frank 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 7%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 13%
William Frist 8%
Jonas Frost III 93%
Elton Gallegly 7%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 13%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 7%
Jim Gibbons 8%
Wayne Gilchrest 7%
Paul Gillmor 20%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 80%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 20%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 7%
Bart Gordon 100%
Porter Goss 0%
Daniel Graham 80%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 13%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%

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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