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Special Interest Groups

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

2011 Positions

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
Rob Andrews 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
Shelley Berkley 100%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
Russ Carnahan 100%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
RI U.S. House 1 David Cicilline Democratic 100%
Hansen Clarke 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%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
Mark Critz 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 44 Janice Hahn Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
Jane Harman 100%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 100%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic 100%
Dale Kildee 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 100%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 100%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
Brad Miller 100%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
Donald Payne 100%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 100%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
Silvestre Reyes 100%
Laura Richardson 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Betty Sutton 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 100%
Ed Towns 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 100%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 97%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 97%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 97%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 97%
HI U.S. House 1 Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 97%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 97%
Dennis Kucinich 97%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 97%
Steve Rothman 97%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 97%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 97%
Mel Watt 97%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 97%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 96%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 96%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 96%
John Olver 96%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 96%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 96%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 95%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 95%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 95%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 95%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 95%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 95%
David Wu 95%
Kathy Hochul 94%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
Leonard Boswell 93%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 93%
Jerry Costello 93%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 93%
Thomas Holden 93%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 93%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 93%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 93%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 93%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 93%
LA U.S. House 2 Cedric Richmond Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 93%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 92%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 92%
Gary Ackerman 90%
Jason Altmire 90%
Howard Berman 90%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 90%
DE U.S. House At-Large John Carney, Jr. Democratic 90%
Ben Chandler III 90%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 90%
Norm Dicks 90%
Charlie Gonzalez 90%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 90%
Larry Kissell 90%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House 21 Bill Owens Democratic 90%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 90%
AL U.S. House 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 90%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 89%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 89%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 89%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 89%
Daniel Inouye 89%
Frank Lautenberg 89%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 89%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 89%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 89%

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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