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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Restaurant Association

2007-2008 Positions on Restaurant Advocacy

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 40
Gary Ackerman 60
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 60
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 57
Todd Akin 60
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 85
Rodney Alexander 80
Jason Altmire 20
Rob Andrews 50
Michael Arcuri 60
Joe Baca, Sr. 40
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 60
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 100
Brian Baird 60
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 60
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 60
J. Gresham Barrett 80
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 20
Roscoe Bartlett 60
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 60
Max Baucus 28
Evan Bayh 28
Melissa Bean 60
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 20
Bob Bennett 100
Shelley Berkley 40
Howard Berman 60
Marion Berry 60
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 33
Judy Biggert 80
Brian Bilbray 50
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 60
Jeff Bingaman 42
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 60
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 60
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 50
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 20
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100
Kit Bond 85
Jo Bonner, Jr. 100
Mary Bono Mack 100
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 100
Dan Boren 100
Leonard Boswell 60
Rick Boucher 60
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 80
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 42
Allen Boyd, Jr. 80
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 60
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 40
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 50
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 60
Henry Brown, Jr. 100
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 28
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 66
Ginny Brown-Waite 60
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 80
Jim Bunning 71
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 60
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 85
Dan Burton 60
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 20
Steve Buyer 60
Robert Byrd 28
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 100
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 100
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 42
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 60
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 60
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 57
Dennis Cardoza 60
Russ Carnahan 60
Christopher Carney 0
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 66
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 66
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 60
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 42
Mike Castle 100
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 20
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 85
Ben Chandler III 20
Travis Childers 0
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 75
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 20
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 40
Hillary Clinton 42
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 60
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 80
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 71
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 71
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 60
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 100
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 57
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 80
Kent Conrad 42
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 20
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 60
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 85
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 85
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 60
Jerry Costello 20
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 20
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 57
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 100
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 60
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 40
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 60
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 40
Artur Davis 60
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 60
Geoff Davis 60
Lincoln Davis 20
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 60
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 60
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 20
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 60
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 60
James DeMint 66
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 80
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 50
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 60
Norm Dicks 60
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 60
Chris Dodd 50
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 20
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 60
Byron Dorgan 14
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 60
David Dreier 100
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 60
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 42
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 50
Chet Edwards 60
Vern Ehlers 100
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 60
Brad Ellsworth 60
Jo Ann Emerson 100
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 60
John Ensign 85
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 71
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 60
Bob Etheridge 60
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 80
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 60
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 60
Russ Feingold 28
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 57
Bob Filner 20
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 60
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 60
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 60
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 100
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 60
Barney Frank 60
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 60
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 80
Elton Gallegly 60
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 60
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 75
Gabrielle Giffords 40
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 20
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 60
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 60
Charlie Gonzalez 60
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 60
Bart Gordon 60
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 85
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 60
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 40
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 20
Judd Gregg 100
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 20
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 60
John Hall 60
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 60
Phil Hare 60
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 28
Jane Harman 60
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 60
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 50
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 85
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 60
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 60
Wally Herger, Jr. 100
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 20
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 50
Baron Hill 20
Maurice Hinchey 20
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 50
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 40
Paul Hodes 20
Pete Hoekstra 80
Thomas Holden 20

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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