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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
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 100%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
Mary Jo Kilroy 100%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 24 Dan Maffei Democratic, Working Families 100%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 21 Bill Owens Democratic 100%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 100%
Laura Richardson 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
Mark Schauer 100%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 100%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 99%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 99%
Maurice Hinchey 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%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 98%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 98%
Russ Carnahan 98%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 98%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 98%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 98%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 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%
John Hall 98%
Phil Hare 98%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 98%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 98%
Patrick Kennedy 98%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 98%
Ron Klein 98%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 98%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 98%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 98%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 98%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 98%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 98%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 98%
John Olver 98%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 98%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 98%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 98%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 98%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 98%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 98%
Hilda Solis 98%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 98%
Betty Sutton 98%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 98%
Mel Watt 98%
Jim Webb, Jr. 98%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 98%
Robert Wexler 98%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 98%
Lynn Woolsey 98%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 98%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 97%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 97%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 97%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 97%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 97%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 97%
Bill Delahunt 97%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 97%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 97%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 97%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 97%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 97%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 97%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 97%
Paul Hodes 97%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 97%
Steve Kagen 97%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 97%
Frank Lautenberg 97%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 97%
Brad Miller 97%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 97%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 97%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 97%
Steve Rothman 97%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 97%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 97%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 97%
Bart Stupak 97%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 97%
Ed Towns 97%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 97%
Gary Ackerman 96%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 96%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 96%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 96%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 96%
Bob Filner 96%
Dale Kildee 96%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 96%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 96%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 96%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 96%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 96%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 96%
Diane Watson 96%
Anthony Weiner 96%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 96%
Jason Altmire 95%
John Boccieri 95%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 95%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
Barney Frank 95%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 95%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 95%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 95%
Alan Mollohan 95%
Jim Oberstar 95%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 95%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 95%
Silvestre Reyes 95%
Ciro Rodriguez 95%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 95%
Zack Space 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 94%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 94%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 94%
Shelley Berkley 94%
Roland Burris 94%
Dennis Cardoza 94%
Hillary Clinton 94%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 94%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 94%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 94%
Russ Feingold 94%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 94%
Paul Kanjorski 94%
Ted Kaufman 94%
Dennis Kucinich 94%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 94%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 94%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 94%
Tom Perriello 94%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 94%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 94%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 94%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 94%
Michael Arcuri 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 93%
Jerry Costello 93%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 93%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 93%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 93%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 93%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 93%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 93%

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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