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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
Neil Abercrombie 96%
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%
Michele Bachmann 8%
Spencer Bachus 14%
Brian Baird 91%
J. Gresham Barrett 7%
John Barrow 82%
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%
Tim Bishop 98%
John Boehner 5%
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%
Bruce Braley 97%
Paul Broun 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 10%
Ginny Brown-Waite 20%
Jim Bunning 12%
Dan Burton 14%
Steve Buyer 15%
Robert Byrd 79%
Dave Camp 12%
John Campbell III 4%
Chris Cannon 8%
Eric Cantor 7%
Dennis Cardoza 94%
Russ Carnahan 97%
Christopher Carney 95%
Mike Castle 33%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 100%
Saxby Chambliss 14%
Ben Chandler III 91%
Travis Childers 83%
Hillary Clinton 94%
Howard Coble 14%
Thomas Coburn 18%
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%
John Dingell 94%
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%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 97%
Tom Feeney 10%
Russ Feingold 95%
Michael Ferguson 38%
Bob Filner 95%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 25%
Barney Frank 95%
Elton Gallegly 13%
Jim Gerlach 44%
Gabrielle Giffords 92%
Wayne Gilchrest 27%
Phil Gingrey 7%
Charlie Gonzalez 90%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 25%
Bart Gordon 82%
Judd Gregg 4%
Charles Hagel 14%
John Hall 97%
Ralph Hall 28%
Phil Hare 97%
Tom Harkin 93%
Jane Harman 81%
Doc Hastings 7%
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%
Rush Holt, Jr. 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%
Timothy Johnson 91%
Tim Johnson 46%
Steve Kagen 95%
Paul Kanjorski 94%
Richard Keller 13%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 93%
Patrick Kennedy 98%
Dale Kildee 96%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 98%
Jack Kingston 7%
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%
Mary Landrieu 81%
Tom Latham 13%
Steve LaTourette 47%
Frank Lautenberg 91%
Carl Levin 93%
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%
Jim Matheson 68%
Carolyn McCarthy 89%
Thaddeus McCotter 40%
James McCrery III 7%
John McHugh 51%
Mike McIntyre 80%
Buck McKeon 8%
Michael McNulty 95%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 95%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 90%
Mike Michaud 96%
Gary Miller 9%
George Miller 93%
Brad Miller 96%
Harry Mitchell 85%
Alan Mollohan 95%
Dennis Moore 84%
Jim Moran, Jr. 82%
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%
Ed Pastor 95%
Ron Paul 20%
Donald Payne 99%
John Peterson 15%
Tom Petri 21%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 14%

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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