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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Federation of Government Employees

1998 Positions

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 93%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 20%
Gary Ackerman 93%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 27%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 10%
Thomas Allen 100%
Rob Andrews 80%
Bill Archer 7%
Richard Armey 7%
John Ashcroft 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 13%
Richard Hugh Baker 7%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 100%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 67%
Bob Barr, Jr. 14%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Bill Barrett 13%
Roscoe Bartlett 7%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 33%
Herbert Bateman 8%
Max Baucus 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
Bob Bennett 20%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 80%
Douglas Bereuter 29%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 67%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 90%
Brian Bilbray 40%
Michael Bilirakis 7%
Jeff Bingaman 90%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 73%
Rod Blagojevich 93%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 14%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 7%
Sherwood Boehlert 73%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 7%
Kit Bond 30%
Henry Bonilla 21%
David Edward Bonior 93%
Mary Bono Mack 31%
Robert Borski, Jr. 87%
Leonard Boswell 57%
Rick Boucher 93%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 79%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
John Breaux 90%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 93%
George Brown, Jr. 93%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 10%
Richard Bryan 90%
Ed Bryant 0%
Jim Bunning 7%
Conrad Burns 20%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 7%
Robert Byrd 90%
Herbert Callahan 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 7%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 0%
Ben Campbell 50%
Thomas Campbell 60%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 7%
Chris Cannon 0%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 80%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 92%
Julia Carson 100%
Mike Castle 53%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
John Chafee 40%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 20%
William Clay, Sr. 100%
Eva Clayton 92%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
Robert Clement 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 8%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 21%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 10%
Michael Collins 7%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 60%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Merrill Cook 13%
John Cooksey 8%
Jerry Costello 87%
Paul Coverdell 10%
Christopher Cox 13%
William Coyne 93%
Larry Craig 20%
Robert Cramer 67%
Philip Crane 7%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 21%
Barbara Cubin 7%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 93%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Patsy Ann Danner 62%
Thomas Daschle 100%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 80%
Thomas Davis III 33%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 7%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
Thomas DeLay 7%
Peter Deutsch 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 30%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 47%
Jay Dickey 0%
Norm Dicks 92%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
Julian Dixon 92%
Chris Dodd 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 87%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 40%
Calvin Dooley 80%
John Doolittle 13%
Byron Dorgan 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 80%
David Dreier 13%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 7%
Jennifer Dunn 7%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 80%
Vern Ehlers 20%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 29%
Jo Ann Emerson 7%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
Philip English 40%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 87%
Bob Etheridge 79%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 7%
Thomas Ewing 7%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 93%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 100%
Russ Feingold 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
Bob Filner 100%
Mark Foley 33%
Michael Patrick Forbes 47%
Harold Ford, Jr. 80%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0%
Tillie Fowler 15%
Barney Frank 100%
Robert Franks 40%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33%
William Frist 10%
Jonas Frost III 93%
Elton Gallegly 27%
John Ganske 43%
Sam Gejdenson 100%
George Gekas 7%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 93%
Jim Gibbons 13%
Wayne Gilchrest 27%
Paul Gillmor 20%
Benjamin Gilman 50%
Newt Gingrich 0%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 13%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 7%
William Goodling 8%
Bart Gordon 73%
Slade Gorton 20%
Porter Goss 8%
Daniel Graham 90%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 7%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 0%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 13%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 93%
James Greenwood 43%
Judd Gregg 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 13%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 20%
Tony Hall 73%
James Hansen 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 89%
J. Dennis Hastert 7%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 7%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 30%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%

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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