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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 50%
Gary Ackerman 36%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 27%
John Adler 33%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 40%
Todd Akin 18%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 60%
Rodney Alexander 18%
Jason Altmire 42%
Rob Andrews 33%
Michael Arcuri 42%
Steve Austria 33%
Joe Baca, Sr. 42%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 27%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 18%
Brian Baird 45%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 83%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 20%
J. Gresham Barrett 20%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 42%
Roscoe Bartlett 17%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 17%
Max Baucus 40%
Evan Bayh 60%
Melissa Bean 33%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 44%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 50%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 60%
Bob Bennett 0%
Shelley Berkley 45%
Howard Berman 36%
Marion Berry 45%
Judy Biggert 25%
Brian Bilbray 17%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 25%
Jeff Bingaman 40%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 17%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 42%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 17%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 64%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 17%
John Boccieri 33%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 18%
Kit Bond 20%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 25%
Mary Bono Mack 25%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 17%
Dan Boren 33%
Leonard Boswell 42%
Rick Boucher 33%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 25%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 40%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 33%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 17%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 45%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 42%
Bobby Bright 17%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 17%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 45%
Henry Brown, Jr. 18%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 60%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 17%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 33%
Jim Bunning 0%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 17%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Roland Burris 60%
Dan Burton 25%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 33%
Steve Buyer 18%
Robert Byrd 67%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 17%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 27%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 27%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 40%
Joseph Cao 30%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 67%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 60%
Dennis Cardoza 33%
Russ Carnahan 36%
Christopher Carney 42%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 75%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 17%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 60%
LA U.S. House 6 Bill Cassidy Republican 25%
Mike Castle 33%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 42%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 17%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
Ben Chandler III 33%
Travis Childers 33%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 58%
William Clay, Sr. 55%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 33%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 30%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 25%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 60%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 25%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 50%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 25%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 17%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 33%
Kent Conrad 60%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 70%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 45%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 60%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 42%
Jerry Costello 50%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 42%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 25%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 40%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 17%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 33%
Kathy Dahlkemper 45%
Artur Davis 45%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 42%
Geoff Davis 25%
Lincoln Davis 36%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 33%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 20%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 50%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 42%
Bill Delahunt 50%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 36%
James DeMint 40%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 42%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 40%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 33%
Norm Dicks 33%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 45%
Chris Dodd 40%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 67%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 33%
Byron Dorgan 60%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 42%
David Dreier 25%
Steve Driehaus 42%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 55%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 60%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 73%
Chet Edwards 42%
Vern Ehlers 33%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80%
Brad Ellsworth 33%
Jo Ann Emerson 25%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 33%
John Ensign 25%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 45%
Bob Etheridge 33%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 70%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 42%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 40%
Bob Filner 75%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 33%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 25%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 17%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 17%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 42%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 17%
Barney Frank 58%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 17%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 36%
Elton Gallegly 18%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 25%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 33%
Gabrielle Giffords 33%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 57%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 17%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 17%
Charlie Gonzalez 42%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 17%
Bart Gordon 45%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 20%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 20%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 58%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 33%
Judd Gregg 20%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 33%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 73%

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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