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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
Gary Ackerman 96%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 94%
Todd Akin 10%
Rodney Alexander 41%
Wayne Allard 7%
Thomas Allen 96%
Jason Altmire 97%
Rob Andrews 90%
Michael Arcuri 97%
Joe Baca, Sr. 98%
Brian Baird 91%
J. Gresham Barrett 7%
Roscoe Bartlett 12%
Max Baucus 76%
Evan Bayh 92%
Melissa Bean 82%
Bob Bennett 9%
Shelley Berkley 93%
Howard Berman 92%
Marion Berry 88%
Judy Biggert 19%
Brian Bilbray 14%
Jeff Bingaman 85%
Kit Bond 18%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 11%
Mary Bono Mack 19%
Dan Boren 62%
Leonard Boswell 86%
Rick Boucher 87%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 74%
Nancy Boyda 90%
Henry Brown, Jr. 10%
Ginny Brown-Waite 20%
Jim Bunning 12%
Dan Burton 14%
Steve Buyer 15%
Robert Byrd 79%
Chris Cannon 8%
Eric Cantor 7%
Dennis Cardoza 94%
Russ Carnahan 97%
Christopher Carney 95%
Mike Castle 33%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 100%
Ben Chandler III 91%
Travis Childers 83%
Hillary Clinton 94%
Norm Coleman 37%
Kent Conrad 86%
Jerry Costello 93%
Larry Craig 13%
Robert Cramer 68%
Barbara Cubin 8%
Artur Davis 90%
David Davis 11%
Geoff Davis 18%
Lincoln Davis 81%
Thomas Davis III 20%
Bill Delahunt 97%
James DeMint 12%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 39%
Norm Dicks 86%
Chris Dodd 92%
Elizabeth Dole 25%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 21%
John Doolittle 9%
Byron Dorgan 91%
Thelma Drake 16%
David Dreier 4%
Chet Edwards 80%
Vern Ehlers 18%
Brad Ellsworth 87%
Jo Ann Emerson 37%
Philip English 41%
John Ensign 12%
Bob Etheridge 90%
Terry Everett 14%
Tom Feeney 10%
Russ Feingold 95%
Michael Ferguson 38%
Bob Filner 95%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 25%
Barney Frank 95%
Elton Gallegly 13%
Gabrielle Giffords 92%
Wayne Gilchrest 27%
Charlie Gonzalez 90%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 25%
Bart Gordon 82%
Judd Gregg 4%
John Hall 97%
Phil Hare 97%
Jane Harman 81%
Robert Hayes 26%
Wally Herger, Jr. 8%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 86%
Baron Hill 79%
Maurice Hinchey 98%
David Lee Hobson 19%
Paul Hodes 97%
Pete Hoekstra 12%
Thomas Holden 93%
Darlene Hooley 89%
Kenny Hulshof 14%
Duncan Hunter 19%
Kay Hutchison 11%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 10%
Daniel Inouye 91%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 99%
William Jefferson 91%
Tim Johnson 46%
Steve Kagen 95%
Paul Kanjorski 94%
Ric Keller 13%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 93%
Patrick Kennedy 98%
Dale Kildee 96%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 98%
Ron Klein 97%
Joseph Knollenberg 11%
Herb Kohl 83%
Dennis Kucinich 96%
John Kuhl, Jr. 39%
Jon Kyl 3%
Ray LaHood 35%
Nicholas Lampson 87%
Steve LaTourette 47%
Frank Lautenberg 91%
Jerry Lewis 14%
Ron Lewis 13%
Joe Lieberman 84%
Blanche Lincoln 82%
John Linder 4%
Dick Lugar 11%
Dan Lungren 10%
Connie Mack IV 8%
Tim Mahoney 85%
Don Manzullo 8%
Jim Marshall 76%
Melquiades Martinez 15%
Thaddeus McCotter 40%
James McCrery III 7%
John McHugh 51%
Michael McNulty 95%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 95%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 90%
Brad Miller 96%
Harry Mitchell 85%
Alan Mollohan 95%
Dennis Moore 84%
Patrick Murphy 92%
Jack Murtha 91%
Marilyn Musgrave 8%
Sue Myrick 6%
Ben Nelson 74%
Jim Oberstar 95%
Dave Obey 91%
John Olver 98%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 86%
Ron Paul 20%
Donald Payne 99%
John Peterson 15%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 14%
Todd Platts 35%
Earl Pomeroy 88%
Jon Porter, Sr. 39%
Deborah Pryce 15%
George Radanovich 5%
James Ramstad 24%
Ralph Regula 35%
Denny Rehberg 23%
Richard Renzi 33%
Silvestre Reyes 94%
Thomas Reynolds 17%
Laura Richardson 100%
Ciro Rodriguez 97%
Mike Ross 90%
Steve Rothman 96%
Ken Salazar 85%
William Sali 3%
Jim Saxton 35%
Jean Schmidt 16%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 97%
John Shadegg 3%
Christopher Shays 45%
Heath Shuler 87%
Ike Skelton 74%
Gordon Smith 28%
Olympia Snowe 48%
Vic Snyder 86%
Hilda Solis 97%
Mark Souder 16%
Zack Space 97%
Arlen Specter 61%
John Spratt, Jr. 81%
Pete Stark 93%
Cliff Stearns 16%
Ted Stevens 36%
Bart Stupak 98%
John Sullivan 11%

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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