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Special Interest Groups

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

2008 Lifetime Score

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 95%
Gary Ackerman 96%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 12%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 98%
Todd Akin 1%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 6%
Rodney Alexander 33%
Jason Altmire 94%
Rob Andrews 86%
Michael Arcuri 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 99%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 11%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 5%
Brian Baird 96%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 2%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 70%
Roscoe Bartlett 6%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 5%
Max Baucus 80%
Evan Bayh 91%
Melissa Bean 74%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 98%
Bob Bennett 6%
Shelley Berkley 96%
Howard Berman 96%
Marion Berry 89%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 86%
Judy Biggert 7%
Brian Bilbray 13%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 16%
Jeff Bingaman 92%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 6%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 98%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 3%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 2%
Kit Bond 14%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 8%
Mary Bono Mack 8%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 5%
Dan Boren 61%
Leonard Boswell 88%
Rick Boucher 89%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 6%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 98%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 76%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 1%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 99%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 1%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 1%
Ginny Brown-Waite 9%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 33%
Jim Bunning 5%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 2%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 3%
Dan Burton 6%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
Steve Buyer 9%
Robert Byrd 86%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 2%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 0%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 1%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 94%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 25%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
Dennis Cardoza 94%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 94%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 90%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 0%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 100%
Mike Castle 23%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 4%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 4%
Ben Chandler III 90%
Travis Childers 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 96%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
Hillary Clinton 98%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 96%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 7%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 12%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 4%
Norm Coleman 38%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 3%
Kent Conrad 87%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 97%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 86%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 6%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 2%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 94%
Jerry Costello 88%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
Larry Craig 3%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 1%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 6%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 5%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 99%
Artur Davis 96%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 99%
David Davis 6%
Geoff Davis 12%
Lincoln Davis 78%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 98%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 8%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 92%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 99%
Bill Delahunt 98%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 98%
James DeMint 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 24%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 26%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 12%
Norm Dicks 89%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 94%
Chris Dodd 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 96%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 83%
Byron Dorgan 93%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 92%
David Dreier 3%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 10%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 98%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 77%
Vern Ehlers 7%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
Brad Ellsworth 78%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
Jo Ann Emerson 25%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 99%
John Ensign 3%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 2%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 94%
Bob Etheridge 90%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 98%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 98%
Russ Feingold 93%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 87%
Bob Filner 99%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 7%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 6%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 9%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 83%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
Barney Frank 97%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 7%
Elton Gallegly 8%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 2%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 27%
Gabrielle Giffords 89%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 6%
Charlie Gonzalez 98%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 15%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 6%
Bart Gordon 79%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 2%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 3%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 11%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 6%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 97%
Judd Gregg 4%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 99%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 7%
John Hall 100%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 21%
Phil Hare 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 93%
Jane Harman 92%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 99%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 2%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 11%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 2%
Wally Herger, Jr. 4%

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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