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Special Interest Groups

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

2009 Lifetime Score

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 97%
Gary Ackerman 96%
John Adler 90%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 94%
Todd Akin 10%
Rodney Alexander 37%
Jason Altmire 95%
Rob Andrews 91%
Michael Arcuri 93%
Steve Austria 19%
Joe Baca, Sr. 98%
Michele Bachmann 7%
Spencer Bachus 13%
Brian Baird 91%
J. Gresham Barrett 7%
John Barrow 83%
Roscoe Bartlett 11%
Max Baucus 76%
Evan Bayh 92%
Melissa Bean 80%
Mark Begich 100%
Bob Bennett 9%
Shelley Berkley 94%
Howard Berman 92%
Marion Berry 87%
Judy Biggert 20%
Brian Bilbray 14%
Jeff Bingaman 86%
Tim Bishop 98%
John Boccieri 95%
Kit Bond 20%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 9%
Mary Bono Mack 21%
Dan Boren 61%
Leonard Boswell 88%
Rick Boucher 87%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 73%
Bruce Braley 98%
Bobby Bright 35%
Paul Broun 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 10%
Scott Brown 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 23%
Jim Bunning 12%
Roland Burris 94%
Dan Burton 14%
Steve Buyer 16%
Robert Byrd 79%
Dave Camp 12%
John Campbell III 7%
Eric Cantor 6%
Joseph Cao 60%
Dennis Cardoza 94%
Russ Carnahan 98%
Christopher Carney 92%
Mike Castle 35%
Saxby Chambliss 15%
Ben Chandler III 91%
Travis Childers 67%
Hillary Clinton 94%
Howard Coble 13%
Thomas Coburn 16%
Kent Conrad 87%
Jerry Costello 93%
Kathy Dahlkemper 90%
Artur Davis 89%
Geoff Davis 16%
Lincoln Davis 80%
Bill Delahunt 97%
James DeMint 11%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 40%
Norm Dicks 87%
John Dingell 94%
Chris Dodd 92%
Byron Dorgan 91%
David Dreier 5%
Steve Driehaus 90%
Chet Edwards 80%
Vern Ehlers 19%
Brad Ellsworth 83%
Jo Ann Emerson 36%
John Ensign 11%
Bob Etheridge 91%
Russ Feingold 94%
Bob Filner 96%
Barney Frank 95%
Elton Gallegly 13%
Jim Gerlach 46%
Gabrielle Giffords 92%
Phil Gingrey 8%
Charlie Gonzalez 91%
Bart Gordon 83%
Judd Gregg 6%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 48%
Kay Hagan 94%
John Hall 98%
Ralph Hall 27%
Debbie Halvorson 90%
Phil Hare 98%
Tom Harkin 93%
Jane Harman 88%
Doc Hastings 7%
Wally Herger, Jr. 8%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 83%
Baron Hill 83%
Maurice Hinchey 99%
Paul Hodes 97%
Pete Hoekstra 12%
Thomas Holden 92%
Rush Holt, Jr. 94%
Kay Hutchison 24%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 9%
Daniel Inouye 91%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 99%
Mike Johanns 25%
Tim Johnson 44%
Timothy Johnson 91%
Steve Kagen 97%
Paul Kanjorski 94%
Ted Kaufman 94%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 93%
Patrick Kennedy 98%
Dale Kildee 96%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 98%
Mary Jo Kilroy 100%
Jack Kingston 15%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 67%
Larry Kissell 86%
Ron Klein 98%
Herb Kohl 84%
Suzanne Kosmas 86%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 62%
Dennis Kucinich 94%
Jon Kyl 3%
Mary Landrieu 83%
Tom Latham 13%
Steve LaTourette 46%
Frank Lautenberg 97%
Chris Lee 25%
George LeMieux 67%
Carl Levin 93%
Jerry Lewis 14%
Joe Lieberman 89%
Blanche Lincoln 84%
John Linder 4%
Dick Lugar 12%
Dan Lungren 10%
Connie Mack IV 7%
Dan Maffei 100%
Don Manzullo 8%
Betsy Markey 75%
Jim Marshall 75%
Melquiades Martinez 19%
Eric Massa 81%
Jim Matheson 68%
Carolyn McCarthy 90%
Thaddeus McCotter 39%
John McHugh 52%
Mike McIntyre 80%
Buck McKeon 8%
Michael McMahon 90%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 96%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 87%
Mike Michaud 97%
Gary Miller 9%
George Miller 93%
Brad Miller 97%
Walt Minnick 57%
Harry Mitchell 78%
Alan Mollohan 95%
Dennis Moore 86%
Jim Moran, Jr. 83%
Patrick Murphy 93%
Scott Murphy 85%
Jack Murtha 91%
Sue Myrick 6%
Ben Nelson 75%
Glenn Nye III 67%
Jim Oberstar 95%
Dave Obey 92%
John Olver 98%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 86%
Bill Owens 100%
Ed Pastor 95%
Ron Paul 19%
Donald Payne 99%
Tom Perriello 94%
Tom Petri 21%
Todd Platts 36%
Earl Pomeroy 89%
Mark Pryor 86%
George Radanovich 6%
Nick Rahall II 93%
Denny Rehberg 23%
Silvestre Reyes 95%
Laura Richardson 100%
Jay Rockefeller IV 91%
Ciro Rodriguez 95%
Mike Rogers 18%
Mike Ross 88%

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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