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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

1997 Positions

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 88%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 0%
Gary Ackerman 86%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 13%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 89%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 88%
Rob Andrews 75%
Bill Archer 13%
Richard Armey 13%
John Ashcroft 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 25%
Henry Scott Baesler 63%
Richard Hugh Baker 14%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 88%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 63%
Bob Barr, Jr. 13%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 63%
Bill Barrett 25%
Roscoe Bartlett 13%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 13%
Charlie Bass 0%
Herbert Bateman 25%
Max Baucus 44%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 75%
Douglas Bereuter 25%
Howard Berman 88%
Marion Berry 88%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 56%
Brian Bilbray 25%
Michael Bilirakis 13%
Jeff Bingaman 78%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 75%
Rod Blagojevich 88%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 88%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 13%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 13%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 25%
David Edward Bonior 88%
Robert Borski, Jr. 100%
Leonard Boswell 63%
Rick Boucher 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 89%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 50%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
John Breaux 56%
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 44%
Ed Bryant 13%
Dale Bumpers 100%
Jim Bunning 13%
Conrad Burns 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 25%
Dan Burton 13%
Steve Buyer 13%
Robert Byrd 100%
Herbert Callahan 25%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 13%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 25%
Ben Campbell 11%
Thomas Campbell 13%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 13%
Chris Cannon 29%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
Julia Carson 86%
Mike Castle 25%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 13%
John Chafee 22%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 25%
Jon Lynn Christensen 13%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 88%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 67%
Robert Clement 63%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 13%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 14%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
Michael Collins 25%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 11%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 50%
Kent Conrad 67%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Merrill Cook 13%
John Cooksey 14%
Jerry Costello 88%
Paul Coverdell 11%
Christopher Cox 33%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 50%
Philip Crane 25%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 25%
Barbara Cubin 29%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 88%
Randall Cunningham 25%
Alfonse D'Amato 22%
Patsy Ann Danner 63%
Thomas Daschle 89%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 63%
Thomas Davis III 38%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 13%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
Thomas DeLay 13%
Peter Deutsch 75%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 38%
Jay Dickey 25%
Norm Dicks 75%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 88%
Julian Dixon 100%
Chris Dodd 89%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 38%
John Doolittle 13%
Byron Dorgan 89%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 50%
David Dreier 13%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
Jennifer Dunn 13%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 75%
Vern Ehlers 13%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 13%
Jo Ann Emerson 13%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 50%
John Ensign 13%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
Bob Etheridge 75%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 13%
Thomas Ewing 13%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 22%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
Harris Fawell 25%
Victor Fazio 88%
Russ Feingold 78%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 67%
Bob Filner 100%
Mark Foley 13%
Michael Patrick Forbes 25%
Harold Ford, Jr. 88%
Wendell Ford 89%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0%
Tillie Fowler 13%
Jon David Fox 25%
Barney Frank 100%
Robert Franks 25%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 25%
William Frist 0%
Jonas Frost III 88%
Elizabeth Furse 88%
Elton Gallegly 13%
John Ganske 25%
Sam Gejdenson 88%
George Gekas 13%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 100%
Jim Gibbons 14%
Wayne Gilchrest 25%
Paul Gillmor 25%
Benjamin Gilman 50%
Newt Gingrich 0%
John Glenn 78%
Henry Gonzalez 75%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 13%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 25%
William Goodling 0%
Bart Gordon 63%
Slade Gorton 0%
Porter Goss 13%
Daniel Graham 44%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
William Phillip Gramm 11%
Rodney Grams 22%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 13%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 88%
James Greenwood 13%
Judd Gregg 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez 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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