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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%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
Dennis Cardoza 100%
Julia Carson 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 100%
Lane Evans 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
Jack Murtha 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
Jim Oberstar 100%
Donald Payne 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 100%
Silvestre Reyes 100%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 100%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
John Spratt, Jr. 100%
Bart Stupak 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 93%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 93%
Thomas Allen 93%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 93%
Evan Bayh 93%
Shelley Berkley 93%
Howard Berman 93%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
Leonard Boswell 93%
Rick Boucher 93%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
Russ Carnahan 93%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 93%
Hillary Clinton 93%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 93%
James Davis 93%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 93%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 93%
Norm Dicks 93%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 93%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 93%
Russ Feingold 93%
Bob Filner 93%
Barney Frank 93%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 93%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 93%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 93%
Maurice Hinchey 93%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 93%
Thomas Holden 93%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 93%
Darlene Hooley 93%
Daniel Inouye 93%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 93%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 93%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 93%
William Jefferson 93%
Paul Kanjorski 93%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 93%
Patrick Kennedy 93%
Dale Kildee 93%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 93%
Dennis Kucinich 93%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 93%
Tom Lantos 93%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 93%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 93%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 93%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 93%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 93%
Michael McNulty 93%
Martin Meehan 93%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 93%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 93%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 93%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 93%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 93%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%
Brad Miller 93%
Alan Mollohan 93%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 93%
John Olver 93%
Major Owens 93%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 93%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 93%
Earl Pomeroy 93%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 93%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 93%
Martin Olav Sabo 93%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 93%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 93%
Hilda Solis 93%
Pete Stark 93%
Ted Strickland 93%
Ellen Tauscher 93%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 93%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 93%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 93%
Diane Watson 93%
Mel Watt 93%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 93%
Anthony Weiner 93%
Robert Wexler 93%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
David Wu 93%
Rob Andrews 92%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 92%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 92%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 92%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 92%
Bill Delahunt 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 92%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 92%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 92%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 92%
Dave Obey 92%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 92%
Brian Baird 87%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 87%
Marion Berry 87%
Ben Chandler III 87%
Jerry Costello 87%
Artur Davis 87%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 87%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 87%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 87%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 87%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 87%
Steve Rothman 87%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 87%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 87%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 87%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 87%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
Chris Dodd 86%
James Merrill Jeffords 86%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 86%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 86%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 86%
Ed Towns 86%

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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