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Special Interest Groups

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

2008 Lifetime Score

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 96%
Gary Ackerman 96%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 18%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 94%
Todd Akin 10%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 13%
Rodney Alexander 41%
Wayne Allard 7%
Thomas Allen 96%
Jason Altmire 97%
Rob Andrews 90%
Michael Arcuri 97%
Joe Baca, Sr. 98%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 8%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 14%
Brian Baird 91%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 99%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 5%
J. Gresham Barrett 7%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 82%
Roscoe Bartlett 12%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 7%
Max Baucus 76%
Evan Bayh 92%
Melissa Bean 82%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
Bob Bennett 9%
Shelley Berkley 93%
Howard Berman 92%
Marion Berry 88%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 86%
Judy Biggert 19%
Brian Bilbray 14%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 23%
Jeff Bingaman 85%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 11%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 98%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 6%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 9%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 5%
Kit Bond 18%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 11%
Mary Bono Mack 19%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 14%
Dan Boren 62%
Leonard Boswell 86%
Rick Boucher 87%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 17%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 96%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 74%
Nancy Boyda 90%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 6%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 97%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 97%
Henry Brown, Jr. 10%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 8%
Ginny Brown-Waite 20%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 36%
Jim Bunning 12%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 13%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 15%
Dan Burton 14%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 96%
Steve Buyer 15%
Robert Byrd 79%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 8%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 12%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 4%
Chris Cannon 8%
Eric Cantor 7%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 89%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 48%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 91%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 97%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 97%
Dennis Cardoza 94%
Russ Carnahan 97%
Christopher Carney 95%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 86%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 6%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
Mike Castle 33%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 97%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 10%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 14%
Ben Chandler III 91%
Travis Childers 83%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 97%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 97%
Hillary Clinton 94%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 97%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 14%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 18%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 14%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 97%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 14%
Norm Coleman 37%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 6%
Kent Conrad 86%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 70%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 20%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 94%
Jerry Costello 93%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 97%
Larry Craig 13%
Robert Cramer 68%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 11%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 12%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 92%
Barbara Cubin 8%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 78%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 7%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 98%
Artur Davis 90%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 98%
David Davis 11%
Geoff Davis 18%
Lincoln Davis 81%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 92%
Thomas Davis III 20%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 14%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 94%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
Bill Delahunt 97%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 97%
James DeMint 12%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 43%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 39%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 25%
Norm Dicks 86%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 94%
Chris Dodd 92%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 92%
Elizabeth Dole 25%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 21%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 87%
John Doolittle 9%
Byron Dorgan 91%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 97%
Thelma Drake 16%
David Dreier 4%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 19%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 80%
Vern Ehlers 18%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
Brad Ellsworth 87%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 95%
Jo Ann Emerson 37%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 98%
Philip English 41%
John Ensign 12%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 91%
Bob Etheridge 90%
Terry Everett 14%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 97%
Tom Feeney 10%
Russ Feingold 95%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 87%
Michael Ferguson 38%
Bob Filner 95%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 7%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 16%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 22%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 25%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 92%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 10%
Barney Frank 95%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 5%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 15%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
Elton Gallegly 13%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 9%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 44%
Gabrielle Giffords 92%
Wayne Gilchrest 27%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 97%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 7%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 11%
Charlie Gonzalez 90%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 25%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 11%
Bart Gordon 82%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 7%

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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