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Special Interest Groups

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

2005 Positions

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 93%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 13%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 93%
Todd Akin 14%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 14%
Rodney Alexander 13%
Wayne Allard 14%
George Allen 7%
Thomas Allen 93%
Rob Andrews 92%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 20%
Brian Baird 87%
Richard Hugh Baker 13%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
J. Gresham Barrett 14%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 87%
Roscoe Bartlett 14%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 14%
Charlie Bass 13%
Max Baucus 77%
Evan Bayh 93%
Melissa Bean 73%
Bob Beauprez 13%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 92%
Bob Bennett 7%
Shelley Berkley 93%
Howard Berman 93%
Marion Berry 87%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
Judy Biggert 13%
Michael Bilirakis 29%
Jeff Bingaman 79%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 20%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 93%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 13%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 14%
Sherwood Boehlert 27%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 13%
Kit Bond 14%
Henry Bonilla 13%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 7%
Mary Bono Mack 20%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 15%
Dan Boren 60%
Leonard Boswell 93%
Rick Boucher 93%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 27%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 77%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 13%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 92%
Henry Brown, Jr. 13%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 7%
Ginny Brown-Waite 14%
Jim Bunning 7%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 13%
Conrad Burns 29%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 21%
Dan Burton 13%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 93%
Steve Buyer 20%
Robert Byrd 79%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 13%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 21%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 0%
Chris Cannon 13%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 13%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 79%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 38%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 92%
Dennis Cardoza 100%
Russ Carnahan 93%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 71%
Julia Carson 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 13%
Edward Case 67%
Mike Castle 20%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 13%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 57%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 14%
Ben Chandler III 87%
Chris Chocola 13%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 92%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 93%
Hillary Clinton 93%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 93%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 14%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 14%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 14%
Norm Coleman 29%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 57%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 13%
Kent Conrad 77%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 92%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 67%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 93%
Jerry Costello 87%
Larry Craig 29%
Robert Cramer 57%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 14%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 13%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 93%
Barbara Cubin 20%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 14%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 93%
Artur Davis 87%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 93%
Geoff Davis 13%
James Davis 93%
Jo Ann Davis 33%
Lincoln Davis 67%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 93%
Thomas Davis III 15%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 20%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 87%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87%
Bill Delahunt 92%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 93%
Thomas DeLay 13%
James DeMint 14%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 27%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 14%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 8%
Norm Dicks 93%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 86%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 93%
Elizabeth Dole 7%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 21%
John Doolittle 13%
Byron Dorgan 79%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
Thelma Drake 20%
David Dreier 13%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 20%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
Chet Edwards 80%
Vern Ehlers 20%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 93%
Jo Ann Emerson 27%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 93%
Philip English 20%
John Ensign 8%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 14%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 93%
Bob Etheridge 100%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 14%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 92%
Tom Feeney 14%
Russ Feingold 93%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 69%
Michael Ferguson 13%
Bob Filner 93%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 47%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 7%
Mark Foley 13%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 20%
Harold Ford, Jr. 73%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 20%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 20%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 20%
Barney Frank 93%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 14%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 13%
William Frist 7%
Elton Gallegly 13%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 20%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 40%
Jim Gibbons 36%
Wayne Gilchrest 20%
Paul Gillmor 14%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 15%
Charlie Gonzalez 80%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 36%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 20%
Bart Gordon 80%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 21%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 13%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 7%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 13%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
Mark Green 27%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%

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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