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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Restaurant Association

2007-2008 Positions on Restaurant Advocacy

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 60
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 57
Todd Akin 60
Rodney Alexander 80
Jason Altmire 20
Rob Andrews 50
Michael Arcuri 60
Joe Baca, Sr. 40
Brian Baird 60
J. Gresham Barrett 80
Roscoe Bartlett 60
Max Baucus 28
Evan Bayh 28
Melissa Bean 60
Bob Bennett 100
Shelley Berkley 40
Howard Berman 60
Marion Berry 60
Judy Biggert 80
Brian Bilbray 50
Jeff Bingaman 42
Kit Bond 85
Jo Bonner, Jr. 100
Mary Bono Mack 100
Dan Boren 100
Leonard Boswell 60
Rick Boucher 60
Allen Boyd, Jr. 80
Henry Brown, Jr. 100
Ginny Brown-Waite 60
Jim Bunning 71
Dan Burton 60
Steve Buyer 60
Robert Byrd 28
Eric Cantor 100
Dennis Cardoza 60
Russ Carnahan 60
Christopher Carney 0
Mike Castle 100
Ben Chandler III 20
Travis Childers 0
Hillary Clinton 42
Kent Conrad 42
Jerry Costello 20
Artur Davis 60
Geoff Davis 60
Lincoln Davis 20
James DeMint 66
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 50
Norm Dicks 60
Chris Dodd 50
Byron Dorgan 14
David Dreier 100
Chet Edwards 60
Vern Ehlers 100
Brad Ellsworth 60
Jo Ann Emerson 100
John Ensign 85
Bob Etheridge 60
Russ Feingold 28
Bob Filner 20
Barney Frank 60
Elton Gallegly 60
Gabrielle Giffords 40
Charlie Gonzalez 60
Bart Gordon 60
Judd Gregg 100
John Hall 60
Phil Hare 60
Jane Harman 60
Wally Herger, Jr. 100
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 20
Baron Hill 20
Maurice Hinchey 20
Paul Hodes 20
Pete Hoekstra 80
Thomas Holden 20
Kay Hutchison 85
Bob Inglis, Sr. 100
Daniel Inouye 42
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 40
Tim Johnson 60
Steve Kagen 20
Paul Kanjorski 60
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 40
Patrick Kennedy 60
Dale Kildee 60
Carolyn Kilpatrick 40
Ron Klein 60
Herb Kohl 57
Dennis Kucinich 20
Jon Kyl 85
Steve LaTourette 40
Frank Lautenberg 42
Jerry Lewis 100
Joe Lieberman 57
Blanche Lincoln 57
John Linder 60
Dick Lugar 100
Dan Lungren 100
Connie Mack IV 50
Don Manzullo 60
Jim Marshall 60
Melquiades Martinez 100
Thaddeus McCotter 40
John McHugh 80
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 60
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 60
Brad Miller 60
Harry Mitchell 40
Alan Mollohan 50
Dennis Moore 60
Patrick Murphy 60
Jack Murtha 60
Sue Myrick 75
Ben Nelson 28
Jim Oberstar 60
Dave Obey 60
John Olver 60
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 40
Ron Paul 60
Donald Payne 20
Todd Platts 60
Earl Pomeroy 60
George Radanovich 100
Denny Rehberg 60
Silvestre Reyes 60
Laura Richardson 100
Ciro Rodriguez 20
Mike Ross 60
Steve Rothman 20
Ken Salazar 57
Jean Schmidt 80
Joe Sestak, Jr. 60
John Shadegg 80
Heath Shuler 20
Ike Skelton 60
Olympia Snowe 71
Vic Snyder 60
Hilda Solis 40
Mark Souder 100
Zack Space 60
Arlen Specter 57
John Spratt, Jr. 60
Pete Stark 0
Cliff Stearns 60
Bart Stupak 20
John Sullivan 80
Betty Sutton 40
John Tanner 60
Ellen Tauscher 60
Gene Taylor 40
Todd Tiahrt 60
Ed Towns 60
George Voinovich 85
Zach Wamp 80
Diane Watson 25
Mel Watt 60
Jim Webb, Jr. 28
Anthony Weiner 60
Robert Wexler 60
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 60
Lynn Woolsey 40
David Wu 40
Bill Young 60
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 40
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 60
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 20
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 20
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 33
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 60
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 20
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 42
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 60
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 40
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 60
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 28
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 20
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 42
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 60
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 57
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 66
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 66
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 42
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 20
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
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 60
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 60
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 20
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 60
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 60
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 20
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 60
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 40
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 40
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 60
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 60

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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