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Special Interest Groups

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

2009 Positions

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 10%
John Adler 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 94%
Todd Akin 10%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 39%
Rodney Alexander 19%
Jason Altmire 90%
Rob Andrews 100%
Michael Arcuri 86%
Steve Austria 19%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 5%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 11%
Brian Baird 89%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 11%
J. Gresham Barrett 5%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 86%
Roscoe Bartlett 10%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 14%
Max Baucus 83%
Evan Bayh 83%
Melissa Bean 90%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 94%
Bob Bennett 11%
Shelley Berkley 100%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 76%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
Judy Biggert 29%
Brian Bilbray 19%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 10%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 5%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 95%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 14%
John Boccieri 95%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 5%
Kit Bond 39%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 5%
Mary Bono Mack 38%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 10%
Dan Boren 57%
Leonard Boswell 100%
Rick Boucher 83%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 14%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 68%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 5%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 100%
Bobby Bright 35%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 11%
Scott Brown 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 22%
Ginny Brown-Waite 35%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 20%
Jim Bunning 11%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 6%
Roland Burris 94%
Dan Burton 14%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
Steve Buyer 24%
Robert Byrd 80%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 14%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 15%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 5%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 94%
Joseph Cao 60%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 94%
Dennis Cardoza 95%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 86%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 89%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 10%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 94%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 20%
Mike Castle 62%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 5%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 17%
Ben Chandler III 90%
Travis Childers 62%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 10%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 11%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 28%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 15%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 95%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 5%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 61%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 5%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 95%
Kent Conrad 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 90%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 28%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 90%
Jerry Costello 95%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 10%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Kathy Dahlkemper 90%
Artur Davis 86%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
Geoff Davis 10%
Lincoln Davis 76%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 5%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
James DeMint 12%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 43%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 52%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 52%
Norm Dicks 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Chris Dodd 94%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 81%
Byron Dorgan 94%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
David Dreier 10%
Steve Driehaus 90%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 24%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 76%
Vern Ehlers 30%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
Brad Ellsworth 76%
Jo Ann Emerson 29%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
John Ensign 6%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 100%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 89%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
Bob Filner 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 0%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 10%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 10%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 14%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 86%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 5%
Barney Frank 100%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 19%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
Elton Gallegly 11%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 52%
Gabrielle Giffords 90%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 10%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 5%
Charlie Gonzalez 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 5%
Bart Gordon 86%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 28%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 6%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 22%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 11%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%

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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