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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 65%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 80%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 85%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 85%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 80%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 85%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matthew Salmon Republican 100%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 15%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 15%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 95%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 95%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 90%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 5%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 5%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 5%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 90%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 10%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 55%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 85%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 90%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 90%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 25%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 5%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 80%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 5%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 5%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 95%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 10%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 10%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 5%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 85%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 15%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 80%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 95%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 95%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 90%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 75%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 85%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 20%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 10%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 20%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 10%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 15%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 10%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 10%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 5%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 70%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 15%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 15%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 20%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 85%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 70%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 10%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 5%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 5%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 30%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 90%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 95%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 10%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 20%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 85%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 25%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 90%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 90%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 25%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 75%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 30%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 10%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 65%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 55%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 15%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 15%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 75%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 85%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 10%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 10%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 10%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 95%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 10%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 95%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 20%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 75%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 90%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 85%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 95%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 25%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 15%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 10%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 9%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 10%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 15%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 95%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 20%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 90%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 85%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 10%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 15%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 95%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 15%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 10%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 15%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 15%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 95%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 25%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 95%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 30%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 85%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 15%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 10%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 30%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 95%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 15%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 20%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 30%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 100%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 80%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 15%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 15%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 15%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 85%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 100%
Gary Ackerman 10%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 15%
Wayne Allard 90%
Thomas Allen 10%
Rob Andrews 25%
Bill Archer 95%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 95%
Richard Hugh Baker 95%
Cass Ballenger 90%
James Barcia 30%
Robert Barr, Jr. 85%
Bill Barrett 85%
Roscoe Bartlett 90%
Charlie Bass 75%
Herbert Bateman 85%
Max Baucus 30%
Bob Bennett 80%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 20%
Douglas Bereuter 80%
Howard Berman 10%
Marion Berry 30%
Brian Bilbray 65%
Michael Bilirakis 90%
Jeff Bingaman 20%
Rod Blagojevich 15%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 90%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
Kit Bond 75%
Henry Bonilla 85%
David Edward Bonior 5%
Mary Bono Mack 92%
Robert Borski, Jr. 15%
Leonard Boswell 45%
Rick Boucher 10%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 25%
John Breaux 15%
Richard Bryan 20%
Ed Bryant 95%

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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