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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
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
Laura Richardson 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 100%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 99%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 99%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 99%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 99%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 99%
Donald Payne 99%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 99%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 99%
Joe Baca, Sr. 98%
Tim Bishop 98%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 98%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 98%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 98%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 98%
Maurice Hinchey 98%
Patrick Kennedy 98%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 98%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 98%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 98%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 98%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 98%
John Olver 98%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 98%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 98%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 98%
Bart Stupak 98%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 98%
Lynn Woolsey 98%
Jason Altmire 97%
Michael Arcuri 97%
Bruce Braley 97%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 97%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 97%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 97%
Russ Carnahan 97%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 97%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 97%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 97%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 97%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 97%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 97%
Bill Delahunt 97%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 97%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 97%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 97%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 97%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 97%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 97%
John Hall 97%
Phil Hare 97%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 97%
Paul Hodes 97%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 97%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 97%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 97%
Ron Klein 97%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 97%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 97%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 97%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 97%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 97%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 97%
Ciro Rodriguez 97%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 97%
Allyson Schwartz 97%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 97%
Carol Shea-Porter 97%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 97%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 97%
Zack Space 97%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 97%
Betty Sutton 97%
John Tierney 97%
Ed Towns 97%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 97%
Mel Watt 97%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 97%
Robert Wexler 97%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 97%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 97%
Neil Abercrombie 96%
Gary Ackerman 96%
Thomas Allen 96%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 96%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 96%
Dale Kildee 96%
Dennis Kucinich 96%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 96%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 96%
Mike Michaud 96%
Brad Miller 96%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 96%
Steve Rothman 96%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 96%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 96%
Christopher Carney 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 95%
Russ Feingold 95%
Bob Filner 95%
Barney Frank 95%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 95%
Steve Kagen 95%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 95%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 95%
Michael McNulty 95%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 95%
Alan Mollohan 95%
Jim Oberstar 95%
Ed Pastor 95%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
Diane Watson 95%
Anthony Weiner 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 94%
Dennis Cardoza 94%
Hillary Clinton 94%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 94%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 94%
John Dingell 94%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 94%
Paul Kanjorski 94%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 94%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 94%
Silvestre Reyes 94%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 94%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
Shelley Berkley 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
Jerry Costello 93%
Tom Harkin 93%
Thomas Holden 93%
Rush Holt, Jr. 93%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 93%
Carl Levin 93%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 93%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 93%
George Miller 93%
Nick Rahall II 93%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 93%
Pete Stark 93%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 93%
Mark Udall 93%
Evan Bayh 92%
Howard Berman 92%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 92%
Chris Dodd 92%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 92%
Gabrielle Giffords 92%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 92%
Patrick Murphy 92%
Henry Waxman 92%
David Wu 92%
Brian Baird 91%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 91%
Ben Chandler III 91%
Byron Dorgan 91%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 91%

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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