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Special Interest Groups

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

1997 Positions

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 14%
Gary Ackerman 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 71%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 100%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 13%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 88%
Robert Barr, Jr. 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Bill Barrett 25%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 0%
Herbert Bateman 25%
Max Baucus 29%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 88%
Douglas Bereuter 29%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 57%
Brian Bilbray 13%
Michael Bilirakis 14%
Jeff Bingaman 57%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 88%
Rod Blagojevich 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 25%
Sherwood Boehlert 63%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Leonard Boswell 75%
Rick Boucher 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 86%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 75%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
John Breaux 14%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Richard Bryan 29%
Ed Bryant 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 14%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
Dan Burton 13%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 100%
Herbert Callahan 14%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 13%
Ben Campbell 29%
Thomas Campbell 38%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 13%
Chris Cannon 13%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 38%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
John Chafee 14%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 0%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 57%
Robert Clement 75%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
Michael Collins 13%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 14%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 75%
Kent Conrad 57%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Merrill Cook 0%
John Cooksey 0%
Jerry Costello 100%
Paul Coverdell 29%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 75%
Philip Crane 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
Barbara Cubin 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Patsy Ann Danner 75%
Thomas Daschle 71%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 88%
Thomas Davis III 38%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Peter Deutsch 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 63%
Jay Dickey 0%
Norm Dicks 88%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 57%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 50%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 86%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 88%
David Dreier 0%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
Jennifer Dunn 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 88%
Vern Ehlers 13%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 0%
Jo Ann Emerson 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 75%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 14%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
Bob Etheridge 88%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 14%
Thomas Ewing 25%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 86%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 57%
Bob Filner 100%
Mark Foley 25%
Michael Patrick Forbes 50%
Harold Ford, Jr. 100%
Tillie Fowler 0%
Barney Frank 100%
Robert Franks 38%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 25%
William Frist 0%
Jonas Frost III 100%
Elton Gallegly 0%
John Ganske 13%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
George Gekas 25%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Jim Gibbons 0%
Wayne Gilchrest 0%
Paul Gillmor 13%
Benjamin Gilman 75%
Newt Gingrich 0%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 13%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 13%
William Goodling 13%
Bart Gordon 75%
Slade Gorton 0%
Porter Goss 0%
Daniel Graham 29%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
William Phillip Gramm 14%
Rodney Grams 14%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
James Greenwood 13%
Judd Gregg 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 25%
Tony Hall 88%
James Hansen 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 71%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 0%
Jesse Helms 14%
Wally Herger, Jr. 0%
Rick Hill 13%

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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