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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Federation of Government Employees

1996 Positions

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 26%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 11%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 10%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 5%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 15%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 5%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 5%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 39%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 15%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 5%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 95%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 15%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 10%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 90%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 5%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 5%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 6%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 11%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 15%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 15%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 10%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 10%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 5%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 5%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 5%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 5%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 5%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 35%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 16%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 90%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 40%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 6%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 95%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 0%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 15%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 5%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 15%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 5%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 89%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 90%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 10%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 16%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 25%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 11%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 5%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 94%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House 36 Steve Stockman Republican 31%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 5%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 5%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 95%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 17%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 5%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 5%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 15%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 100%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 90%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 20%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 5%
Rob Andrews 95%
Bill Archer 5%
Richard Armey 5%
John Ashcroft 10%
Henry Scott Baesler 95%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
William Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 5%
James Barcia 95%
Bob Barr, Jr. 10%
Bill Barrett 5%
Roscoe Bartlett 5%
Charlie Bass 10%
Herbert Bateman 11%
Max Baucus 90%
Anthony Beilenson 95%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 100%
Douglas Bereuter 15%
Howard Berman 100%
Tom Bevill 89%
Brian Bilbray 15%
Michael Bilirakis 015%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
Peter Blute 37%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
Kit Bond 15%
Henry Bonilla 10%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Sonny Bono 10%
Robert Borski, Jr. 95%
Rick Boucher 100%
Bill Bradley 95%
John Breaux 80%
Bill Brewster 60%
Glen Browder 97%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
Hank Brown 0%
Richard Bryan 85%
Ed Bryant 10%
John Bryant 100%
Dale Bumpers 89%
Jim Bunn 20%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 5%
Dan Burton 5%
Steve Buyer 11%
Robert Byrd 95%
Herbert Callahan 5%
Ben Campbell 47%
Thomas Campbell 20%
Mike Castle 15%
John Chafee 25%
Jim Chapman 100%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 15%
Jon Lynn Christensen 5%
Dick Chrysler 5%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
Robert Clement 95%
William Clinger 11%
William Cohen 22%

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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